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1997 Ferrari F355 Spider
Lot No.: 355
Chassis Number: ZFFXR48A4X0116256
Engine Number: 53787
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1999
Estimate (£): 65,000 - 75,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
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.
Finished in the attractive colour combination of Black over tan, this left-hand drive F355 F1 Spider looks particularly elegant and is a welcome departure from the usual red. Having covered just 22,000 miles in its 18-year life, the car has a beautifully presented history file, as well as the original service book and book pack. An annual service has just been completed by marque specialists Terry Keys Motorsport at Silverstone and it is MoT'd until March 2017. The car is also fully UK registered and is ready to be enjoyed.
The 'Nero' paintwork is described in a condition report from Terry Keys as in "outstanding condition. The paint has a wonderful depth and shine to it and the panels are free from dents or unsightly scratches. All of the panel gaps are perfect and the car is as clean in the panel shuts as it is on the exterior."
The interior is exquisitely trimmed in tan leather with a matching tan tonneau cover. The leather work is in beautiful condition throughout with no noteworthy marks or defects. the black carpets are in equally good order. All electronic features function as Ferrari intended and on the road, the car feels remarkably tight with no irritating squeaks or rattles etc.
The engine fires up with ease and idles beautifully, sounding very smooth through the standard exhaust system, oil pressure is described as perfect and coolant temp remains consistent with the fans activating when required. The car pulls strongly from idle all the way to the upper rev ranges. The cam belts were changed in December 2015 and the car had its annual service in Feb '17, so will not need to visit the workshop until Feb 2018 for its next minor service.
The 355 Spider offers the full convertible experience whilst retaining the classic good looks of the Berlinetta. This car presents itself as superbly understated, and as a 'Black Ferrari' attracts more admiring glances than most of its brethren can command. Offered at a realistic estimate, this stunning Ferrari would make the ideal companion for continental touring this summer.