Gene, this red Ferrari looks like a cracker! A beautiful model that I would be psyched to have in my collection.
1. in the photo, the glazing looks to be slightly smoked. Is this an optical illusion and is this typical for the red Ferraris?
2. The front of the air intake scoop in the center of the hood/bonnet looks to be painted silver or is it a chip in the paint?
You certainly have a great barrel to search for Matchboxes!
I can't particularly see that the glazing looks 'smoked' so this is most likely due to the lighting in the photograph. I've certainly not known any red Ferraris to have anything but clear glass, including the RW crossovers.
With regard to the air intake scoop, that is a chip as you suggest. For some reason this is a weak point on these models. It may look slightly unusual because the light yellow undercoat is showing through.
I owned one of these a number of years ago and let it go when my focus shifted purely to early Superfast. I must admit I got a very good price for it but I do still have pangs of regret for not keeping it.