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. Production continued with just a couple of minor alterations being made to the engine management and exhaust system until 2000. The 355 is already a modern classic, it is widely regarded as the last classically pretty mid engined Ferrari and as such values have slowly begun to rise.
This RHD example was delivered new to its first owner in January 1999. Supplied in the colour combination of Rosso Corsa over a Nero Hide interior with the most preferable Manual Gearbox. In addition the 355 is fitted with the following options; Nero stitching throughout, Scuderia Wingshields, Rosso Brake Calipers, Drilled Brake Discs, Carbon under door covers and Nero Carpets which remarkably still retain the original factory protection. Unusually it departed the factory equipped with exceptionally rare Carbon interior fittings including instruments binnacle, gear knob, centre console and door inserts.
The first owner, a most meticulous collector, would maintain the 355 in "as new" condition throughout his ownership and when the car was sold to only its second owner from new it had covered just 250 Miles from new! Despite the exceptionally low mileage covered during that ownership it was serviced frequently with no expense spared. Its second owner, a great client of DK, would continue the cars high level of care throughout his possession until it was sourced by DK Engineering and sold by us to the current owner in June 2013 having covered only 300 Miles from new. At that time the car received a major cambelt service and was then placed amongst his collection of low mileage Ferraris.
Today having covered under 340 Miles from new this unrepeatable 355 presents "as new" similar to having just rolled of the Ferrari production line. Despite having covered only 40 Miles in its latest tenure it has in 2018 been subject to a most comprehensive major service including cambelts by DK Engineering. As a result this Spider is possibly the finest available for sale in the world at the moment and is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner immediately with available at our showroom based just outside London.