1996 Ferrari 355 Spider

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1996 Ferrari 355 Spider

100,000.00
  • 1996 Ferrari 355 freshly imported from the US

  • Just 3 owners from new with sparing use

  • 13,000 miles covered with regular servicing history

  • Very good interior condition

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In 1994 the Ferrari 355 was launched at the Geneva Auto Salon. It was the follow-up to the much-maligned Ferrari 348TB and came with a brief to be a much smoother, more reliable but considerably faster supercar. The V8 engine’s displacement was increased to 3.5 litres with 5 valves per cylinder (denoted by the final 5 in its name), which enabled the engine rev on to its 8500rpm red line and produce 375bhp. The exhaust note was described by Evo magazine as ‘a howl wrapped up in a bark and enclosed in a shriek’; whatever that may mean, it sounds truly great.

The Ferrari 355 Spider came a year after the Berlinetta and from 1997 onwards both cars were offered with either the manual or the new F1 paddle-shift gearbox. The early F1 semi-automatic transmissions however, were not the smooth and lightning-fast double clutch system available on today’s supercars, making the manual more desirable. The click-clack of the stainless steel manual gate is perhaps even more iconic than the howl of a flat-plane-crank Italian V8 and has the satisfying rifle bolt feel that is so widely admired.

The Ferrari 355 Spider we are now offering for sale is a fantastic example. Originally delivered to Kentucky in September 1996 and with just 3 owners from new, it has been used sparingly, reading just 13,000 miles. Service records indicate that the car has been carefully looked after by reputable Ferrari specialists Lake Forest Sportscars in Chicago, whilst also receiving work by independent garages requested by subsequent owners. Since import from the States in early 2018, the car has had a service by Meridian Modena who found no major work necessary.

This Ferrari is in immaculate condition, looking almost brand new inside and with impeccable feel and handling. It is now available in the Cotswold Collectors Cars Showroom for immediate viewing.