1997 Ferrari F355

GTB Berlinetta - Fresh Official Ferrari Dealer Engine-out Service

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    9/1997
  • Mileage 
    61 000 km / 37 904 mi
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Chassis number 
    ZFFXR41B000109952
  • Engine number 
    47285
  • Electric windows
    Yes
    Climate control
    Yes
    Airbags
    Yes
    ABS
    Yes
    Immobilizer
    Yes
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Interior brand colour 
    Nero
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    380 BHP / 386 PS / 284 kW
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1997 Ferrari F355 GTB Berlinetta

Chassis no. ZFFXR41B000109952
Engine no. 47285
Gearbox no. 3349
Assembly no. 27004
Body no. 195

Exterior colour Rosso Corsa 322 D.S.
Interior colour Nero
Manual 6-Speed
Bosch ABS

Highlights:
‘Engine-out’ cam belt service by Official Ferrari Dealer H.R. Owen in July 2019
Matching Numbers, retaining its original engine and gearbox
Finished in its original colours, Rosso Corsa with Nero interior
Complete with original manuals, books, tools and car, seat and steering wheel covers
Italian built sports car, delivered new to Italy
The last hand-built Ferrari

The Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
From early 1994 to late 1999, Ferrari built the F355, a mid-engined, V8 sports car with significantly improved performance and drivability compared to the previous model.
The new F355 engine was vastly improved over the V8 unit fitted to the 348, with the most obvious improvement being the enlarged capacity from 3,405 cc to 3,495 cc. From a technical perspective, the F355 engine was a huge leap forward for Ferrari, with a new cylinder head design incorporating 5-valves per cylinder, allowing improved intake leading to a vastly more powerful engine with increased torque. With its Titanium conrods, 8,500 rpm limit and 11.1 compression ratio, the F355 engine was capable of producing 380 bhp and 363 Nm of torque, leading to a brief 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed in excess of 180 mph! The iconic open-gate, 6-speed, manual gearbox of the F355 was also vastly improved over the 348, now being rod-operated as opposed to the cable mechanism.
For 1996, Ferrari upgraded the Bosch Motronic engine management system from 2.7 to 5.2, allowing a smoother throttle delivery and idle, whilst at the same time also adding a pair of air bags to the cabin.
The F355 chassis is a steel monocoque with a tubular steel rear sub-frame incorporating front and rear suspensions with independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers with electronic control servos and anti-roll bars. Another fabulous feature of the F355 was its ability to allow the driver to select between ‘Comfort’ or ‘Sport’ suspension settings, ensuring the car is genuinely comfortable to drive from Maranello to London, but also capable of stretching its drivers skills on the open circuit.
Aerodynamic designs for the F355 included over 1,300 hours of wind tunnel analysis, completed in the same tunnel as the Scuderia’s Formula One cars! One of the F355’s most iconic styling features are the flying buttresses and curved rear window, with lineage going back to the 1965 Dino 206 GT, the last V8 Ferrari to feature this styling que. Thanks to the time spent in Ferraris cutting-edge wind tunnel, the F355 incorporates a spoiler profile on the upper portion of the tail, which combined with the flat floor and underbody fairings, generates serious downforce at speed.
To name the F355, Ferrari used the engine capacity (3.5) followed by the number of valves per cylinder (5), a small deviation from previous models, although, this did allow Ferrari to emphasise the performance advances introduced by the 5-valve cylinder configuration!

This Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
In 1997, this F355 was built by Ferrari in Maranello. Finished in the ever-iconic Rosso Corsa with a Nero Connolly Leather interior, this car was fitted with engine number 47285 and gearbox number 3349, all of which are still fitted to the car today!
On 3rd September 1997, Hypo Vorarlberg Leasing S.p.A bought this car, paying €105,254.53 though the official Ferrari agent Ineco Aito S.p.A in Verona, Italy. Within the month, this car was registered in Italy with license ‘AT583RE’ and received its first service at the Officail Ferrari service centre, Autofficina Giuseppe Pellin in Verona, Italy, with mileage noted as 1,500 kms.
In April 1999, this F355 was bought by its second owner, Antonio Genovese, a resident in Catanzaro, Italy, with mileage noted as 4,000 kms. A few months later, in September, this car received its 10,000 km service at the Official Ferrari service centre, Autofficcina Bonini Carlo. Mr Genovese was clearly enjoying ownership of this Ferrari, with the car returning to Autofficina Bonini Carlo in January 2001 for its annual service, displaying 20,779 kms. Again, only nine months later, Antonio returned this F355 to Bonini, having covered a further 10,000 kms to receive its 30,000 km service.
In late 2001, this F355 was bought by its next owner, Bruni Mori who retained ownership for three years before the car passed to Giorgio Identici having briefly passed through Alessandro Arnoldi, a sports car dealer in Castelverde, Italy. The car remained with Mr Identici until 2007 when it was purchased by Cristina Saggini, the cars fifth owner. During her ownership, Cristina put the car into her husband’s name in June 2010, Mauro Saggini, Mr & Mrs Saggini retaining ownership from August 2007 to January 2015.
In January 2015, this F355 was purchased by James Cleeve, a resident of Sudbury, UK who immediately exported the car from Italy to the UK. Mr Cleeve is a huge classic car enthusiast, how at the same time as purchasing this car, also bought another Ferrari from Italy. Upon arrival in the United Kingdom in early 2015, this F355 was serviced by Ferrari specialists, Peter Chambers Automotive Ltd, in Gloucestershire, at which time the car was displaying 60,100 kms. This ‘engine-out’ service included replacing the cam belts.
Having been MOT’d in early 2015, this F355 was registered in the UK and assigned the registration ‘R874 JBA’. A year later, another classic car and motorbike collector and enthusiast, Anthony Stockman, purchased the car. During his ownership the car was fitted with a new Ferrari clutch, also being displayed at a classic car show he organises every year, raising money for various charities.
In 2018, we purchased this car, having checked the Ferrari internal online system, which confirmed this car has never had a CoC, duplicate handbook, or any accident parts ordered for it. Amazingly, after 21 years, this F355 also retains its original Factory chassis number etching in every section of glass, further confirming this cars accident-free life, authenticity and originality.
In July 2019, this Ferrari F355 received an ‘engine-out’ service by the Official Ferrari Dealer, H.R. Owen in London. Along with a change of engine oil and filter, this annual service also included a new set of cambelts, change of brake fluid and gearbox oil and new engine coolant. The invoice totalling £2,653.25 is included in the history file, along with the stamp in the original Ferrari service book.
Today, the car is presented in stunning condition, having been fully detailed, including the wheels being removed and suspension and underside also being fully detailed. Being a fully matching-numbers example, still finished in its original colours with its original engine, gearbox, tools, books and manuals, along with its original and extremely rare car, seat and steering wheel covers, having been freshly serviced with new cambelts, this F355 presents a very rare opportunity.