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Month: July 2023

Newsletter 61 – FERRARI 355 SPIDER

There’s no such thing as a cheap Ferrari, but the Ferrari 355 Spider is – whisper it – a bit of a bargain. They are now around half the price of a new 296 GTS, for starters.
OK, the F355 does offer less than half the power (380hp vs. 830hp) of a more recent Ferrari, but it really isn’t half the car. Not by, um, half. Launched in 1994, the F355 was the shot in the arm Ferrari needed.
Maranello needed to up its game, and it did so with svelte styling, F1-inspired aerodynamics and a red-blooded V8.

With a modest 268lb ft of torque, the Ferrari’s flat-plane-crank V8 doesn’t fully come alive until 5,000rpm.
Then, show pony turns to stallion, as hedgerows become a blur in an intoxicating, head-spinning rush for the redline.

Ferrari 355 Spider engine

And the noise! Drive it with brio and the 355 howls with the hard-edged intensity of a racer – a mechanical cacophony amplified further in this example, by a freer-flowing Capristo exhaust. It’s feral, ferocious and borderline anti-social, just as you’d expect.

Close up of the engine

Without doubt, one of the most beautiful modern Ferraris ever created.
No one is ever going to argue that there’s no bad angles on  355 spider. From wherever you look, the lines, shapes and shadows are absolutely sublime.

Collage of the 355 Spider

This 1996 Ferrari 355 Spider Manual is in pristine condition, has covered only 16,000km’s and comes with a complete service history, recent cambelt service, new tyres and all the associated books, tools and documentation.

Full front of the Ferrari 355 Spider

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