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Newsletter 49: UNIQUE FERRARI!

The unique Ferrari 360 Modena isn’t a car!  Not really!  Not in the traditional sense.  Cars are about transportation, get to grandma’s house, haul home the groceries, they’re a necessity, like food or Netflix.  The Ferrari 360 Spider F1 has little to do with transportation, little to do with necessity.

It’s a 395-horsepower sports car, a pleasure machine, pure and simple.

Oh sure, it’ll get you to granny’s, quite quickly in fact, and you can put your groceries in the boot, it’s just not the reason why you own one. You own a Ferrari 360 because you want to, because you can.

Still, the 360 is as close to a real car, a traditional car, a usable car, as the storied Italian car maker has ever produced. This was the first time, Ferrari addressed such things as interior space, basic ergonomics and overall comfort, which makes this the first of the brand’s mid-engine supercars that can truly be driven every day.

Unique Ferrari Key

Ferris Cars is extremely privileged to be able to offer this 2005 Ferrari 360 Spider for sale.

Obsessively cared for and serviced religiously by its current owner, this car has only covered 29,000 Kilometres since new and, with chassis number 140333, is one of the last 360’s produced by the factory in 2005.

We are confident in our statement that this cars is probably the best example in the country, in terms of condition, service history, accessories and originality.

Accessories alone are something to be envied, they include the original warning triangle, original spare wheel cover, original tyre/air canister, original tool kit, complete with a full set of unused tools, fuses and bulbs, all original service, owners and associated manuals, with the original Ferrari torch and an original, unused Ferrari car cover.

Collage of ferrari stuff

This particular Ferrari 360 Spider certainly befits, and deserves, the moniker unique.

It is an exceptional example of a very usable supercar.

Perfect for driving in traffic, and with 400 Italian horses at your disposal, the 360 will propel you out of the traffic and into the blue yonder, at a breath-taking 0-100kmh in a tad under 4 seconds.

For around the same price as a 2-door saloon from one of the big German manufacturers, you can have an iconic, attention-grabbing piece of Ferrari artwork, that won’t be worth half its value in 6 months!!

Ferrari on the lawn

Unique Ferrari back view

collage of Ferrari parts

Mixed Ferrari Photos

This “Unique” and very desirable Ferrari 360 Spider is offered for sale at

R 1 750 000

Unique Ferrari with its roof down

As always, we are looking for stock to buy or consign.

We specialise in Ferrari but all, high end, unique, luxury, sports and supercars welcome.

Contact Paul 082 851 3300





Ferrari Logo



Ferrari made a 208 turbo road car in 1982. The reason was to circumvent the tax laws in place at the time. Heavy taxes were imposed for cars with more than a 2.0-litre capacity. To avoid the tax, Ferrari produced a 1991cc engine and slapped a KKK turbo on it to compensate for the lack of power. 

The next turbo production car was the legendary F40, lauded by many as the best supercar ever made. The trouble with turbo’s in those days …….. ………. the lag!! Accelerating the F40 would start with nothing, continue with nothing, and then….. 3500 revs and…… Bang…… all you see in front of you is hedge, road, hedge, road…. Ambulance! 

It would be over two decades before Ferrari would make another  production turbo, the California T.  

By then, having lived through the Formula 1 turbo era, Ferrari had mastered the turbo. The California T had a smooth, consistent power curve, from zero to a hundred and plenty. Gone were the days of “put you in the hedge” surprises.

Like most modern cars, Ferrari V8’s have gotten bigger and heavier over the years, with each new model gaining a few kilo’s and a few cm’s.

The 355, in 1994, weighed in at 1,497kg’s,

The 360 Modena, at 1,493kg’s, 

The F430, at 1,517kg’s,

The 458, at 1,565kg’s,

Right up to the new Hybrid SF90, in 2020, at 1,570kg’s.

Surprisingly, the only newish model to buck the trend is the 488, weighing in at 1,525kg’s, only 48kg’s heavier than a 458, but 45kg’s lighter than an  SF90.

Better performing engines, turbo’s and lighter materials obviously compensate for heavier vehicles but, as the weights (and sizes) have increased the 0 – 100 times, top speeds and general performance figures have increased exponentially. 

We should also embrace the modern turbo era, it’s here to stay and Ferrari have worked hard to bring the visceral, emotive and engaging experience of the normally aspirated cars back, there doing a grand job! 

So NO……. Ferrari V8’s don’t need to go on a diet!

Ferrari V8’s in red


The Fiorano test track lap record for a Ferrari F40 is 1m 29.6sec. The lap record for a  Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale is 1m 26.5sec.  

Ferrari made 1,315 F40’s and 1,288 Challenge Stradale’s. 

A Ferrari F40 can cost R20 million plus, yet a Challenge Stradale will set you back  about R5 million. 

The Ferrari F40 is widely regarded as the ultimate supercar, and if you look at it, hear it and/or drive it, you’ll probably agree. Trouble is, very few of us are able to swim in the F40 owners’ pond, however, all is not lost, the 360 Challenge Stradale is a fantastic alternative. 

Its mid-mounted V8 powerplant revs to 8,700 rpm and throws out 420 horsepower.  The CS will top 190 mph, and shoots from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, just enough to slam your internal organs into the back of the seat and change your expression to that of a constipated smurf.

As with all supercars, we know that they all look great, they all sound great and they all go biblically quick, but that’s a given, it’s what you’re paying for. The big question is how is all of that delivered to you as a driver?  

The CS is visceral, engaging, dynamic and capable. It’s also very analogue, there are no fancy computers to help you out when you get it wrong. Just a go and stop pedal, a  steering wheel and you! 

The aero upgrades, from the 360 Modena, include front bumper mods that extend the lower fascia below the air intakes, adding load to the front end without interrupting airflow to the rear. To balance things out, the rear height was increased slightly plus new longitudinal diffuser fins. Overall the improvements increase the Stradale’s downforce by a staggering 50 percent.  The modifications make the ride more rigid than the regular 360, improving performance and delivering a spectacular track experience.

We are proud to be able to offer this exceptional example for sale. 2004 model with 17,000 Kilometres on the clock 

Immaculate condition 

Full Service History 

Enquiries welcome: Paul 082 851 3300


When new Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo took the helm in 1991, his goals were to get Ferrari back to the top in Formula 1 and up the ante in the exotic car market.

He managed to do this, very successfully, in Formula 1 by recruiting, amongst others, Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Jean Todt, known as “The Dream Team”.

On the production car front he did it by producing the 360 Modena, the first production car designed and manufactured under his leadership.

From a technology stand point, the 360 was the start of a new approach to car design at Ferrari, in fact, every car since 430, 458, 488 and so on, bear the design DNA of the 360. Modern, lightweight and sophisticated, it featured the company’s first aluminium monocoque and first fly-by-wire throttle control.

The 360 received mixed reviews when it debuted in 1999, but it was a bold move by Ferrari to steer away from evolutionary design to one that was revolutionary. Up to that point, most new cars were an evolution of the last.
The 308 morphed into the 328, into the Testarossa, into the 348 into the 355. All of similar construction and design cues. The 360, however, was a completely new design from the drawing board up.

At 40 percent lighter and nearly 30 percent stiffer than it’s predecessor’s steel platform, the 360 was a huge step forward for Ferrari.

Unlike the design elements, mechanically the 360 was very much an evolution of the F355. The engine, with a redesigned flat-plane-crank, was increased from 3.5 to 3.6 litres (hence 360 moniker) but it retained the same basic architecture, including the five-valve heads, and variable valve timing. Peak power was up, from 375bhp to 394bhp, and torque climbed slightly, from 268 to 275lb ft, but produced much lower in the rev-range, giving the 360 a much more muscular feel.

The 360 is almost in every respect a better car than the 355 –perfectly civilised in traffic yet accomplished hooligan when you want it to be, all the while with the unmistakeable sound of that beating Ferrari heart.

It has been two decades since the introduction of the Ferrari 360 Modena and it is still arguably the best all round Ferrari, be it your first, fifth or tenth time owning one.

It looks as modern as any Ferrari sold today, and can be acquired for less than a brand new BMW M3 (which will be worth less than half the purchase price after the first six months!)

Without a doubt, the 360 represents the most value for money Ferrari on the market today. It ticks all the boxes for owning a supercar, spacious interior, simple but functional layout, quick, sexy and timeless.




360 GT


360 GTC


1999 The Ferrari 360 Modena (coupe) replaces the F355. It features all-aluminium construction, and a 400bhp 3586cc mid-mounted V8 with a flat-plane crank. Six speed Manual or F1 transmissions available.

2000 360 Spider released. It’s mechanically identical to the coupe but features a electro-hydraulic folding roof and it’s 130lb heavier thanks to the extra chassis bracing.

2002 A track-only 360 GT arrives, for privateer racers.

2003 Challenge Stradale arrives complete with titanium springs, carbon ceramic brakes, Plexiglass windows, Alcantara covered carbon seats and a stripped-out interior, along with some carbon fibre panels such as the bonnet. The result is a car that’s 243lb lighter than standard while the V8 pumps out 425bhp. The CS model is available only with the F1 transmission, features 19-inch wheels and sits 15mm closer to the ground.

2004 Dedicated track-only 360 GTC replaces the 360 GT.

2005 360 production ends and is replaced by the F430.

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