H&H Classics | 12-Oct-2016 | Imperial War Museum Duxford | Venue : Duxford Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 33
Year : 1998
Engine Size : 3500cc
Colour : Rosso
Interior : Tan
Registration No. : R433VRH
Chassis No. : ZFFXR48JPN0111591
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


- Reportedly sold new by Cornes Ferrari in Japan
- Registered in the UK in April 2015 and described by the vendor as being in good to very good condition
- Finished in the classic and desirable Ferrari colour combination and sporting the F1 transmission
Introduced at the May 1994 Geneva Salon, the F355 was the standard bearer for a new generation of more technologically advanced 'small' Ferraris. Based around a robot-welded sheet steel monocoque equipped with all-round independent double-wishbone suspension, ventilated ABS disc brakes, and power assisted rack and pinion steering, it utilised a new computer-controlled electronic damper system that self-adjusted depending upon the feedback gleaned from various road speed, brake pressure, suspension loading, and steering sensors. Further enhanced by a 'ground effects' under-tray which created a welcome pressure differential at high speeds, the F355 was revealed to be seven seconds and four seconds a lap faster round Ferrari's Fiorano test track than the 348 and 512TR respectively. Cradled by a separate subframe, its longitudinally mid-mounted 'quad-cam' 3496cc V8 boasted an 11.1:1 compression ratio, F1-style titanium con-rods, forged alloy pistons, three-inlet and two-exhaust valves per cylinder (40 in total) and the latest Bosch M 2.7 engine management system. Developing an incredible 380bhp and 268lbft of torque, it drove the rear wheels via a neatly integrated transverse six-speed manual gearbox. Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, 0-100mph in 10.6 seconds and 185mph, the F355 was an undoubted supercar. Styled by Pininfarina, its retractable headlights, reversed elliptical grille, 'bullet hole' driving lights, uncluttered side air intakes, subtle engine lid spoiler and quad circular rear lights met with widespread approval. Beautifully trimmed, the model's cosseting interior came with leather upholstery, electric windows and air-conditioning as standard. Unveiled at the May 1995 Monaco Grand Prix meeting, the F355 Spider benefited from a strengthened body-shell and specially reinforced windscreen, it permitted 'wind in the hair' 180mph motoring!
The classically coloured F355 Spider offered here is fitted with the popular F1 transmission and is believed to have been sold new in Japan by the well-known authorised dealership Cornes. Leaving Japan's car friendly climate, it was registered in the UK in September 2014 and has been enjoyed by just one owner in England. This beautiful and iconic Ferrari is described by the vendor as having very good bodywork, paintwork, interior trim and engine.