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1996 Ferrari F355 Spider Manual

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  • 3496cc V8 with a stunning 380bhp at a spine-tingling 8250rpm

  • Around Ferrari's 1.86 mile Fiorano test track the 355 was two seconds a lap faster than the 12-cylinder 512 TR

  • Finished in Rosso Corsa and Crema with a desirable 6-speed manual gearbox

  • UK-supplied, right-hand drive with just 30,500 miles

  • Owned by our privateer vendor for 13 years

  • Serviced/maintained by renowned marque specialist Bob Houghton

The Ferrari F355 is now considered a modern classic, so beautiful, so well-engineered and so well received that it marked the beginning of the end of the old-guard ‘Ferraristi' philosophy that the only 'real' Ferraris were ones with 12-cylinder engines. The Ferrari F355 Berlinetta burst onto the world stage in the Spring of 1994, with the Targa GTS and Spider being launched in 1995.  With almost exactly the same dimensions as its predecessor the 348, yet it was virtually a new car, as its stunning coachwork indicated. Many hours of wind tunnel testing influenced the harmonious shape which incorporated an F1 style flat bottom with channelled airflow generating enough downforce to offset any lift.

The Ferrari F355’s name is derived from its 3.5-litre V8 engine and five valves per cylinder - as denoted by the ‘Cinquevalvole’ inscription on the rocker covers. This longitudinally-mounted engine produces a stunning 374bhp at a spine-tingling 8250rpm.  The con-rods are titanium alloy, the clutch is housed in magnesium alloy, and the Bilstein shock absorbers use electronic sensors to provide active damping. In 1994, the Ferrari F355 was a technological tour de force.  Around Ferrari's 1.86-mile Fiorano test track, the F355 was two seconds a lap faster than the 12-cylinder, 512 TR and that level of performance combined with its sensational shape made it a worldwide success story.

The car presented here is a UK-supplied, right-hand drive, 1996 F355 Spider, fitted with the more desirable manual gearbox.  It was delivered new and first registered by Ferrari main dealers, ‘Maranello Sales Ltd.’ to themselves on 26/03/1996 when the list price was £98,700 plus delivery, number plates and road tax. Unusually, it was specified with the red stitching which was to later become a £152.75 option. As a ‘Maranello Sales Ltd.’ demonstrator, the car benefits from the later Bosch Motronic 5.2 ignition/injection system, a smoother accelerator pedal action, the factory inbuilt alarm system, a modified exhaust, and twin airbags.

The car was subsequently sold by Mark Hawkins of ‘Maranello Sales Ltd.’ to the second owner, a Mr Christopher Klein of Surrey, on 8/10/1997, with 5,009 recorded miles for £102,000!

Within the history file, there are ‘Maranello Sales Ltd.’ service invoices from 1999, when the car was owned by a Mr John Radley of Surrey, who latterly had it serviced by ‘Kent High Performance Cars’, who subsequently bought it from him in 2004 before, in turn, selling it to Jane Knight of Sussex, on 14/03/ 2004, at 13,438 miles. The next owner was a Mr Stephen Cole, also of Sussex, who bought the car in January 2005, with some 15,000 recorded miles. Because of work commitments, Mr Cole barely used the car, with our vendor acquiring it soon afterwards.

He has enjoyed a further 15,000 miles in it, whilst maintaining its excellent service record, always entrusting it to marque specialists, Bob Houghton. Summary:

August 2019 30,651 miles - engine-out cam belt service plus extras, July 2018 30,375 miles - oil service plus extras, August 2017 29,914 miles - oil service plus new springs etc., July 2016 29,357 miles - new clutch master cylinder, March 2016 29,325 miles - engine-out cam belt service plus brake pads and engine bay detailing, September 2015 29,222 miles - new spark plugs, May 2015 28,957 miles - annual service, May 2014 28,303 miles - annual service and brake pads, May 2013 26,624 miles - engine-out service, May 2012 25,743 miles – annual service, April 2010 23,270 miles - engine out service, July 2008 19,587 miles – annual service, June 2008 18,429 miles - renew battery and brake hoses, May 2007 16,690 miles – engine-out service). In addition, all the rubber coated switches, handles, buttons and vents were sent to the USA to be recovered some four years ago.

This splendid car is supplied with its factory original handbook, service book, wallet, two sets of original keys and tools.

Just 454 right-hand drive F355 Spiders were imported into the UK by Maranello Concessionaires, and only 315 had the six-speed manual gearbox like this car.   This is a simply superb example of one of the most revered and sought-after Ferrari... VISIT http://www.silverstoneauctions.com for additional information

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This item is part of A SALE OF FERRARI & PORSCHE 2019 - FERRARI
 Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 | 12:30 PM  EUR (BST)
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1996 Ferrari F355 Spider Manual
1996 Ferrari F355 Spider Manual
Lot number: 323
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Ends: Saturday, September 21 | 12:30 PM  EUR (BST)

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