The Ferrari F355 was released in May of 1994 with the intentions of increasing both the performance and drivability of the 348 for which it replaced. The engine displacement was bumped to 3.5 liters and a new and radical 5-valve cylinder head were introduced, pushing horsepower to 375 and torque to 268 lb/ft at 6,0000 rpms. At first introduction, both a coupe and a Targa style GTS were available with the spyder version following in 1995. The F355 received great praise and sold very well through its 5 years of production. A total of 11,273 F355s were produced making it the most-produced Ferrari at the time, but was later surpassed by the 360 and later the F430.
In early 1999 Ferrari decided to create a limited edition send-off model before ending production of the F355. They dubbed this model the “Serie Fiorano” and decided to limit production to just 100 units, all of which were the spider body style and all of which were designated for the U.S. market. Ultimately though, 104 would be produced in total with 3 examples going to Europe and 1 ending up in South Africa. The goal of the Serie Fiorano was to increase performance to be more in line with the Challenge version while still keeping many of the creature comforts of the standard models. To accomplish this increase in performance Competitzione-derived Fiorano suspension package was fitted which provided a wider track, stiffer springs, and thicker anti-roll bars. Drilled and ventilated discs were fitted and paired with competition brake pads as well as a Competitzione-sourced steering rack. To differential, the model further Ferrari added a number of styling cues which included a numbered dash plaque, Challenge grills, shields, Carbon-fibre bits throughout the interior and Suede-covered steering wheel. Out of the 100 cars destined for the U.S. Market, 74 were equipped with the F1 transmission and only 26 had a 6-speed manual.
The example on offer here is a 1999 Ferrari F355 F1 Serie Fiorano Spyder, chassis number ZFFXR48A0XO116500, is number 63 of the 100 built for the U.S. market. It is finished in Grigio Titanio (3228) and is equipped with an F1 style transmission. Currently, the car has 26,989 original miles on the odometer and it has been well cared for throughout its life. The car has a clean CarFax, showing 6 total owners and well kept and cared for history. The car was originally delivered new to California with the first owner taking delivery on 8/20/1999. The car remained in California till 6/25/2001 before being sold to its second owner in New Hampshire showing just over 4,000 miles on the odometer. The car remained in New Hampshire with the owner driving the car regularly and servicing it as necessary. In 2007 the F355 wound up back in California with its 3rd owner and 15,100 miles. It was sold to its 4th owner, who also resided in California in 2009 showing 18,128 miles. this owner drove and serviced the car regularly, with the mileage showing approximately 23,731 at the time of its sale to its 5th owner on 05/10/2011 who lived in Connecticut. on 07/16/2015 the car was sold to its current owner and registered in New Jersey with 26,672 miles on the odometer. As the car currently sits, it has had a recent $20,000 major mechanical servicing the details of which can be seen in the documents section below. This F355 is a rare vehicle which currently needs nothing and is immediately ready to be enjoyed and shown.
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Body And Paint
The Grigio Titanio exterior paint is in good condition with a nice even finish and good color throughout. Much of the car is currently covered with a clear bra, meaning the paint remains smooth and issue free for the most part. The body is nice and straight and gaps are consistent and tight all the way around.
Glass And Trim
The glass all around the car is clean and clear with no issues to report. All trim pieces, including the challenge style rear grill are free of issues with good consistent finish to them.
The five-spoke wheels have a nice consistent finish to them with even painted surfaces and bright center caps with no cracking. There are a couple small areas where the finish has chipped or rubbed, completely in line with the mileage of the vehicle.
Seats And Surfaces
The seats are tight with smooth leather. There is some very minor creasing forming on the seating surface but all the bolsters are in great cosmetic condition. The carpets are clean and show minimal wear. The leather-trimmed dash is smooth and tight with no pulling or fading to speak of. Carbon fiber trim pieces remain in excellent condition as well. The numbered dash plaque adorns the passenger side of the dash.
Functionality And Accessories
The gauge faces are clear and bright and all appear to function as they should. There is no sticky residue forming on any of the buttons as is often very common with Ferrari plastics of this era. All switches and knobs are in good condition and upper to function as they should. The windows move up and down with ease and the door handles function as they should. The power folding top functions as it should.
ENGINE BAY AND TRUNK
The engine bay presents well with only a bit of aging paint showing on some of the surfaces such as the air filter boxes. Due to its recent servicing, all components appear in good cosmetic and mechanical condition with no signs of leaks or issues to speak of. The engine cover mesh grill is in great condition with no real deformation to the metal. The correct paint color stick adorns the underside of the engine cover.
The trunk area is clean and tidy with proper fitting panels and consistent, smooth and well-kept carpeting.
This car is the recent recipient of over $20,000 worth of mechanical work and has covered only 300 miles since completion. Due to this extensive servicing, the car runs fantastically. The V-8 fires right to life and settles into a smooth and consistent idle. Once up to temperature it makes excellent power, revs freely, and makes good power.
The transmission system was also gone through during the cars recent servicing leaving it shifting just as one would expect. It engages all gears with ease and revs and holds power with ease.
Brakes And Suspension
The brakes feel tight with a nice solid pedal and bring the car to a smooth and controlled stop. The suspension feels firm but compliant with no odd noises or road manners to speak of.
The tires are Pirelli’s and they appear to be in great condition with plenty of tread life left on them.
The Ferrari 355 is a true pleasure to drive. It’s 3.5 liter V-8 makes for one of the best driving soundtracks of any engine ever produced in our opinion. While the F-1 style transmission can be a bit bothersome around town and at slow speeds, under spirited driving it performs fantastically with fast smooth shifts. Being able to take the top down on this Serie Fiorano makes the entire experience that much more enjoyable, with the howl of the V-8 becoming even more audible as the wind whips overhead. This is a very special car with only 100 numbered examples having been built. Given its careful upkeep over time and its recent thorough servicing, this car currently needs nothing and would serve as a spectacular car to drive and enjoy on bright sunny days or an excellent showpiece for any Ferrari Club event.
- Exterior Colour Grigio Titanio
- Interior Colour Blue leather
- Drive LHD