Either way does not show the car in its best light.I think it was just washed prior to the photo and that's steam from the radiator causing condensation on the bumper. Not sure about the headlight but you can restore them easily enough, just bought a kit to do my Cayenne.
That is certainly my experience. I drove 3 hours to convince myself that the early car can't be that bad but as i was driving a '14 MC Shift at the time, it felt like I would be going backwards simply to have a V12 Ferrari. I subsequently bought a '16 Stradale from Richard, which was fantastic and a worthwhile improvement over the std MC shift. A great car but once I had driven the revised 612 I knew I could have V12 Ferrari without compromise. Better gearbox, better handling, much better ride, lovely exhaust not (ferrari Sports exhaust) and hugely powerful Ceramic brakes. Richard found me the perfect car and it was and is indistinguishable from new (it still has that rich smell of new leather whenever I get into it). 13k miles in 13 years and 12 MD services, all on time and I have now added 7k more and had it MD serviced twice at Carrs Exeter. They actually had one in the showroom for sale on my last visit a couple of months ago. Another Daytona '08 car, the sales guy saw me looking at it and commented 'you don't see many like this anymore, 3 owners, full history and only 30k miles'. I suggested he checked their workshop! Mine has needed a starter motor and a couple of hubs for ABS sensors (same common issue as Masers). I will hopefully keep it another couple of years but a potential extension on our place in Portugal may need the money so keep watching Richard's stock list!Build quality, progression through the years, gearbox hardware and software to name a few. Drive one, they’re light years apart. I told @Guy not to buy one as I’d driven an 05 with a clean bill of health from Ferrari, new clutch, belts, brakes etc. It was crashy, uninspiring, just not a pleasant place to be, after driving, he agreed. I then got an 07MY one in LHD that was well looked after and drove miles better than an 05. I had also the chance to drive a 1to1 2009 which was even better again. Guy came and drove the 07MY and couldn’t believe the improvement over the early car; so much so we managed to find a 2008 for him which he currently owns. Ask him, he knows his cars very well indeed, and loves his Scaglietti.