Lot 199 - 1997 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
|£80,000 - £95,000
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.
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 registered in Malaysia, this stunning Ferrari is finished in yellow with black leather interior. Having been professionally stored, this F355 presents in excellent condition both inside and out. Described by the vendor as ‘great fun to drive’ and with no known faults, this example is supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 2nd May 2019. There is only one thing better than driving a Ferrari- owning one!
Photos courtesy of Luke Papworth from Hampshire photography
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