1998 Ferrari F355

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1998
  • Mileage 
    22 000 km / 13 671 mi
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    ZFFXR48C000112666
  • Engine number 
    50018
  • Lot number 
    601
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Verde Zeltweg
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

An amazing UK-supplied right-hand drive 355 Spider with the desirable manual gearbox, offered from rock legend Jay KayWe believe oneof only threefinished in the stunning exterior colour of Verde Zeltweg. Tan interior amazing condition overallOnly 22,000 miles from new. Impressive history and rock star provenanceSilverstone Auctions can confirm this car drives as well as it looks and sounds like every Ferrari shouldInheriting the proportions of its predecessor, the F355 was outwardly a much better-resolved proposition, both aesthetically and aerodynamically. However, beneath the fabulous styling and smoother skin, were further major advancements, including power steering, variable damping, and a 100cc engine enlargement. The longitudinally mounted 3496cc V8 generated a market-leading 380 horsepower at a spine-tingling 8,250 rpm and the gearbox now had six speeds with a revised synchromesh making gear changes so much smoother. New electronically adjustable shock absorbers varied their stiffness within milliseconds to suit the road surface and the result of all these developments was evident around Ferrari's 1.86 mile Fiorano test track when the 355 was two seconds a lap faster than the 12-cylinder 512 TR.The F355 Spider (most of us like Italian convertibles to be called Spyder, however, Ferrari have always insisted on Spider) debuted in 1995, its Pininfarina-penned lines honed by even more hours in the wind tunnel. To make up for the lack of a roof and the associated loss of torsional rigidity, the 355's structure was cleverly strengthened without making the Spider any heavier than the Berlinetta. Pininfarina is very experienced in designing convertible roofs for other manufacturers and their efforts here have resulted in a blend of elegant style and aerodynamic performance and, for the first time in a Ferrari, the semi-automatic soft-top was powered electronically. Initially, the Spider was fitted with the 6-speed manual transmission, prior to being offered with the innovative, electro-hydraulic F1 transmission, however, over time, it's become accepted that the manual box is that much more satisfying to use and that has tended to be reflected in the car's value.Sitting on the cusp between analogue and digital, the 355 is considered the forerunner of all modern Ferraris and, as the last of the hand-built cars before the 360 and later descendants moved to mass production, will inevitably slip into the role of 'Classic Ferrari' with ease becoming increasingly sought after as time goes by.Offered here is a very desirable, UK-supplied, right-hand drive manual example thats finished in the extremely rare colour Verde Zeltweg complemented bya Tan interior. We believe this is oneof only three examples finished in this striking colour. Only 22,000 miles have been covered from new and this immaculate 355 has resided in the amazing private collection of Rock legend Jay Kay since 2015.This car really needs to be seen to be believed it's been looked after by some of the best in the business, such as marque experts DK engineering and the results are clear to see in the metal. Sounding as good as it looks,this is an exciting opportunity given its almost unrepeatable quality, rarity and the driving experience on offer and Silverstone Auctions highly recommend coming and seeing for yourself.1998 Ferrari 355 Spider Manualhttps://youtu.be/Lr_bj6SEvnYfalse