Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1994, the Ferrari F355 Berlinetta was styled by Pininfarina and would be the successor to the ageing 348. It brought about a number of technological improvements that made it one of the best performing Ferraris of all time. The main features were the power steering and the electronically controlled variable damping; the damping made all the difference, as it could make the car totally comfortable whilst cruising, but it could also instantly stiffen up as the driver pushed the car harder. All in all, the 355 was far more forgiving and drivable than the 348, making for a much more enjoyable experience overall.
The 355 nomenclature signified a new 3.5-litre engine with five valves per cylinder, which meant more performance in a lighter package, resulting in much higher revving than its predecessor. In its time, this engine was state of the art and featured a new engine management system and a larger, more sophisticated exhaust system, which meant drastically improved performance. Top speed was 183mph and 0–60mph was an impressive 4.7 seconds, whilst a 0–100mph run took just 10.7 seconds. This engine produced what is considered by many to be the best Ferrari V8 sound of all time.
This wonderful original right hand drive, manual example of the F355 is showing a current mileage of approximately 52,000 and has been in the current ownership for the last 11 years. Presented in the typical Ferrari livery of Rosso Corsa with elegant crema leather interior, this particular F355 benefits from having the exceptionally rare factory fitted sports seats. Described to be in truly excellent condition in every respect, this car had a full service in July this year which also included having the cam belts changed. There is an extensive history file and service book showing a full service history with many bills and receipts for works carried out. Superbly cared for and cherished, this is an F355 that would be a credit to any collector and is worth a detailed inspection.