Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 206
Year : 1998
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : See Text
Registration No. : TBC (plate to be retained)
Chassis No. : ZFFXR41B000111512
Engine No. : 48913
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


The Ferrari F355 was built from May 1994 to 1999 and was an
evolution of the Ferrari 348. It is a mid-engined, rear wheel
drive, V8-powered two-seat coupé. At launch, two models were
available; the coupé Berlinetta and the Targa topped GTS. The
Spider (convertible) version was introduced in 1995. One major
difference between the longitudinal V8 in the 348 and that in the
355, apart from the displacement increase from 3.4 to 3.5 litres,
is that the F355 features a five valve per cylinder head that is
considerably more powerful, producing 375bhp. The nomenclature does
not follow the formula from the previous decades, i.e. engine
capacity plus cylinder number for example, the Ferrari 308 name
comes from three litres plus eight cylinders, with the same for the
328, 348, 512 etc. This time, Ferrari used engine capacity plus
number of valves per cylinder; proud to boast about this
technological advancement, with the name 355 coming from 3.5 litres
engine capacity and five valves per cylinder. The F355 has become
the most popular model so far with over 11,273 cars produced.

From a driver's perspective, the Berlinetta will always prove
the more popular, the chassis possesses more rigidity and the
overall car is lighter. And so it is with this example. Originally
delivered to Germany and then sold on to a French gentleman, the
service history details JCT Garages as his garage of choice in
Anguleme up until 2014. It was then acquired by Acton Coachworks;
they had the car lifted up into the air whereupon an awkward
silence fell upon the assembled crowd. This car was not in as good
fettle as it should be. At this point, interested parties should
understand a little of the back-story. If you have a Ferrari, you
must look after it. If you don't, its value will diminish. The best
place to look after a Ferrari is Ferrari and in this country, this
means H.R. Owen. Now H.R. Owen has a reputation, an excellent
reputation and one that is based upon the premise that every car
that leaves their premises must be as good, if not better, than
when it left the factory. It is here that Acton Coachworks feature
for it is they who H.R. Owen passes all bodywork on to. The quality
is unsurpassed and H.R. Owen is happy to attach their warranty to
any work done.

So what to do? Sell it on and have another average Ferrari in
the marketplace or put their shoulder to the wheel and produce one
of the most 'sorted' and well-presented F355s available. The engine
was dropped out for a full, no expense spared 'H.R. Owen' cam-belt
service and new Capristo exhaust fitted. The car was stripped and
re-painted with a meticulous attention to detail. All the owners'
packs are with the car as is the tool roll and jack etc.
Refurbished wheels, good rubber, new steering wheel. In many
respects, this is a new car. It is certainly in excellent condition
both mechanically and cosmetically. It naturally comes with a full
12 month warranty from H.R. Owen on all invoiced parts and to
preserve the near-perfect finish, Level Two Topaz detailing has
taken place with front end protective film. A Ferrari to really
drive and enjoy…


*Interested parties should note that the current
number plate is to be retained and a new, age-related plate will be
issued instead.

For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170