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1996 Ferrari 355 Spyder

Lot No.: 332

Registration: P205 UAD
Chassis Number: ZFFXR48C000106768
Engine Number: 44136
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 3496cc
Year of Manufacture: 1996
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 80,000
  • Very desirable UK, right-hand drive with the six-speed manual gearbox
  • Excellent condition inside and out, Low mileage 25,390 with comprehensive service record
  • Recent service and MOT at marque specialist Nick Cartwright April 2018
  • Arguably the best colour combination of Red on Black with a Black soft-top
  • On offer from a private collection of equally well-selected collectable classics
Inheriting the proportions of its predecessor, the F355 was outwardly a much better-resolved proposition, both aesthetically and aerodynamically. However, beneath the fabulous styling and smoother skin, were further major advancements, including power steering, variable damping, and a 100cc engine enlargement. The longitudinally mounted 3496cc V8 generated a market-leading 380 horsepower at a spine-tingling 8,250 rpm and the gearbox now had six speeds with a revised synchromesh making gear changes so much smoother. New electronically adjustable shock absorbers varied their stiffness within milliseconds to suit the road surface and the result of all these developments was evident around Ferrari's 1.86 mile Fiorano test track when the 355 was two seconds a lap faster than the 12-cylinder 512 TR. 
Sitting on the cusp between analogue and digital, the 355 is considered the forerunner of all modern Ferraris and, as the last of the hand-built cars before the 360 and later descendants moved to mass production, will inevitably slip into the role of 'Classic Ferrari' with ease becoming increasingly sought after as time goes by.

UK-delivered, RHD, F355 Spiders are rarely available, and in many cases, the specification will require potential buyers to compromise on their preferences but, in this case, we believe this really well cared for F355 will, for most, 'tick all the boxes'. Factory ordered in Rosso Corsa with a Nero Leather interior and Black soft-top, the car is fitted with the desirable manual gear-box making this, arguably, the most desirable specification to own. On offer from a private collection of equally well selected collectable classics, this F355 is accompanied by its original handbooks in their leather wallet and original tool kit. The car has been looked after by main dealers and marque specialists, including for the past 4 years by Nick Cartwright Specialist Cars, who have superbly detailed the engine bay and ‘de-stickied’ the interior.  The odometer currently indicates just 25,390 miles, which is backed up by a well-stamped service book.  This Ferrari, which comes with a full service by NCSC and a fresh MOT, presents superbly both inside and out. 

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 simply a superb example of one of the most revered and sought-after Ferrari models of the modern era.