“Complex, sophisticated, and very fast, it is the quantum leap that has enabled the Ferrari V8 to run in proud parallel with the 456GT and 550 Maranello,” enthused Car magazine’s review of the F355. First presented to the motoring press in May 1994, the F355 effectively re-forged the reputation of Ferrari’s V8 which, 328 and 348 notwithstanding, had suffered since the introduction of the Mondial ‘world car’. The latter, with its four seats, well-appointed interior, and relatively soft ride, was considered far too sensible to be a ‘proper’ Ferrari; the F355 though, was cast in the mould of that great driver’s car, the Dino 246GT. Just how great an advance it was may be gauged from the fact that the F355’s best time around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track was three seconds quicker than the formidable 512 TR.
Despite its prodigious performance the F355 was no mere ‘racer on the road’ but a thoroughly modern automobile. It employed state of the art technology, in the form of computer controlled variable damping to reconcile the differing requirements of ultimate road holding and acceptable comfort. A light action clutch, proportional power-assisted steering, and driver’s air bag were other features included to make the car reassuringly user friendly.
The heart of the F355 though, is its phenomenal 3.5-litre V8 engine. Equipped with four overhead camshafts and five valves per cylinder, a layout borrowed from Ferrari’s Formula 1 engine, this remarkable unit produced a claimed 370bhp at 8,250rpm, with 268lb/ft of torque available from 5,000 to 6,500rpm. A six-speed gearbox, mounted transversely behind the longitudinally disposed engine, ensured a sufficiency of ratios to keep the motor on the boil whatever the situation
Still presented in its original first paint of Argento Nürburgring with dark blue interior, the mechanics are described to be in excellent condition throughout with the paintwork and trim resembling a mere 25,000km having been travelled from new.
Having been purchased by the current owner directly from the President of the Ferrari Club, Germany, the car has been immaculately looked after and comes with a history file that includes a current TÜV due to expire in September 2018, its original books, service history and a valuation by Classic Data.
The vehicle itself has been valued at €105,000 with a condition report of 2+ and is fitted with nearly-new tires, Scuderia emblems, sports exhaust and its original radio and CD player. Simply put the car is in excellent condition throughout and has undergone an extensive service including replacing the timing belt, all liquids, fitment of rear wheels, new hood dampers, new hoses and overworking of all adhesive plastic parts.
With little over 25,000km from new, this must be one of the best examples of the iconic F355 spider on the roads today.