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1997 Ferrari F355 GTS

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  • Finished in Blue Le Mans with Grigio Chiaro leather and a desirable 6-speed manual gearbox

  • UK-supplied in right-hand drive and showing 42,425 miles on the odometer

  • Serviced at Ferrari main dealers, most recently a full cambelt service at Meridien Modena

  • Supplied with a UK V5c and MOT tested until 29 th August 2020

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 F355 Berlinetta burst onto the world stage in the Spring of 1994, with the Targa GTS and Spider following in 1995. The new car shared almost exactly the same dimensions as its predecessor, the 348, yet it was virtually a new car, as its flowing 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 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, and this longitudinally-mounted power unit generates an impressive 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, ensured its success on the world stage.

This particular example is a UK-supplied, right-hand drive 1997 Ferrari F355 GTS, first delivered to a Mr P. Smyth of Enfield. Finished in Blue Le Mans with a Grigio Chiaro leather interior, it's fitted with the more desirable six-speed manual gearbox. It has been ejoyed by five former keepers with the last one being one of the senior management team from Ferrari S.p.a. Maranello.

The service record shows the car has been serviced by HR Owen and Maranello, with the most recent full cambelt service being carried out at Meridien Modena. At the same time, it went through an MOT test and the resulting Certificate is valid until the 29/08/2020.

The Targa-topped GTS is often regarded as one of the most beautiful F355s that Ferrari produced, and when combined with a manual gearbox, super colour, and a sensible estimate, this is a very attractive proposition.

A manual F355 GTS in desirable Blue Le Mans

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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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1997 Ferrari F355 GTS
1997 Ferrari F355 GTS
Lot number: 307
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Ends: Saturday, September 21 | 12:30 PM  EUR (BST)

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