Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1994, the Ferrari F355 Berlinetta was styled by Pininfarina and was to be the successor to the aging 348. It boasted a number of technological improvements that place it among 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 considered 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, with 0–60mph achieved in an impressive 4.7 seconds; a 0–100mph run took just 10.7 seconds. This engine produced what is considered by many to be the best Ferrari V-8 sound of all time, a sound that only gets better with the top down.
The F355 Spider was first introduced to the public in Monaco in 1995. With a stress-bearing, semi-monocoque steel chassis that has variable-section and tubular front and rear sub-frames, the F355 incorporated Ferrari’s Formula One technology and retained much of the performance of its hardtop sibling. Press reviews of the F355 Spider raved about this mid-engine supercar’s blistering performance, luxury, and looks. Dealers could hardly keep new examples on their showroom floor, and the 355 would become Ferrari’s best-selling car yet.
Leaving the factory in May 2000, this particular F355 was supplied new through Ferrari Hamburg. This must be one of the last F355 spiders produced, being one of just 1,053 units with the revised and updated engine and gearbox.
Finished in arguably the best colour combination for a 355 – Tour de France Blue over blue hide – and having covered merely 20,000 kilometres from new, this wonderful example is offered with full service history. Excellent throughout.
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