Ferrari’s most successful model since the 308, the F355 was always going to be a tough act to follow. Its successor needed to be ground breaking and revolutionary; two words which, without doubt the 360 lived up to. Starting with a clean sheet of paper in designing the 360 Modena, the new car attracted superlatives that put even its illustrious predecessor in the shade.
Just about the only item carried over from the F355 was its glorious V8 engine, enlarged from 3.5 to 3.6 litres for the 360, producing 400bhp. In every other respect the 360 was entirely new, the most striking break with Ferrari tradition being the body’s frontal treatment; gone was the omnipresent oval grille, replaced by two separate intakes set low into the front wings. A larger car than the F355, the 360 owed its radical new shape to the quest for increased downforce, generating four times as much as its predecessor yet achieving the impressively low Cd of 0.33.
There was further innovation beneath the skin: a lighter, stiffer aluminium spaceframe/monocoque replacing the old tubular steel arrangement, resulting in a dry weight around 220lbs less than that of the F355. The 360’s on-the-road dynamics constituted a significant advance, its best time around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track being some three seconds faster than the F355’s.
Offered for sale showing just 35,000 miles on the odometer this example comes complete with a full-service history completed by Ferrari main dealer and Ferrari Specialists. Complete with many Challenge Stradale upgrades including the front and rear spoiler, a full F1 rear diffuser, a 6 Koenig exhaust pipe arrangement as well as original Challenge Stradale Alloy wheels. The interior also boasts many upgrades including a built in Satellite navigation and base speaker system as well as an integral phone, not to mention many carbon fibre upgrades which feature heavily throughout the car. Recently the 360 was treated to maintenance work and a full service at a cost of almost £4,000 and is said to be in excellent working order. Presented in its original colour combination with F1 style gearbox this unique, one off example represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire a low mileage 360 spider with many superior upgrades.