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.
Ferrari 360s don’t get much better than the stunning example offered today. Presented in Grigio Alloy with Blue interior, this right hand drive, manual gearbox 360 Spyder is what many would regard to be the most iconic Ferrari of the modern day and certainly the most desirable of the 360 series. This UK delivered car comes with a mere 33,000 miles on the odometer and full Ferrari service history with a breakdown of all replacement parts and necessary service components including a full brake system replacement. One would be pushed to find a 360 with more extras than this car, starting with the Nouvalari Exhaust, reducing weight by 13KGs whilst allowing the true 3.6 litre V8 sound to be appreciated. Along with air conditioning and parking aid perhaps the car’s most impressive extra is its engine bay lighting system showing the masterpiece in all its glory. An iconic Ferrari in the most desirable specification. Rarely does a chance to acquire such a car at a reasonable price present itself.
Private Plate not included in the sale.
|Auction||THOROUGHBRED & VINTAGE AT FONTWELL HOUSE September 2016|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||UK Registered|
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