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During the late 1960's came the first baby Ferrari in a long line of illustrious entry level models, the mid engined Dino. Evolving into the V8-engined 308 by 1975, 328's and 348's continued the baby Ferrari's reputation for pretty design and spirited performance. F355's were the fifth incarnations and from May 1994, offered as either a fixed head Berlinetta or targa-topped GTS. These were joined by a Spider 12 months later while from 1997.
The F355's task was to be faster and easier to handle on the limit, the latter having been a regular bone of contention with 348 road testers. There was a new electronic damper control system that fed information on road speed, brake pressure, suspension loadings and steering into a computer that decided exactly how firm the dampers needed to be. Derived from lessons learnt with active suspension, the F355 system worked even better than the McLaren F1's and was accompanied by full underbody aerodynamics. This radically improved airflow beneath the car and increased stability at high speeds. Also very impressive was a new engine that could boast the highest output of any normally aspirated road car unit in history to that date, output was 380bhp at 8250rpm. Needless to say, the F355 was an exceptional performer, 0-60 in just 4.6 seconds and a 185mph top speed having been a quantum leap on the 348. Launched at the Geneva Salon during May 1994, the F355 caused a sensation and orders came flooding in. The gorgeous F355 Spider was introduced at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix during May 1995. The chassis was reinforced around the door gussets and windscreen pillars to minimise the torsional flex often associated with convertibles. Production continued in Berlinetta and GTS form until mid 1999, the Spider lasting a few months longer.
Presented in Rosso Corsa with tan leather, tan carpets and lower dash this car was first registered in May 1997 in Germany (LHD model) and has been with the current owner since April 2004. The log book states 2 previous owners since 2000 (which is when the car was brought into the UK) and therefore is a 3 owner car from new including its first.
Having been looked after by DK for the last 5 years this is one of the most immaculate examples we know of, it has been cared for to the highest level with no expense spared. Every detail has been attended to and the condition of the car is equal to that of a 5,000 mile car. For example Carbon Fibre kick plates have recently been fitted to protect the door sills and replace the original "tatty" items. The car has covered 42,000 kms (25,000 miles) and is available immediately.