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Delivered new and first registered on the 25th March 1998 to 33 year old company director, Mr Mike Jefferies by Maranello Sales of Egham, Surrey. The then list price was £103,734.88- plus delivery charges, number plates and road tax. In addition the car was factory optioned with Red brake callipers (CALR)£396.00,6x CD changer (CDCH)£720.00 and a rear challenge grille (GRD1)£288.00 The car is understood to be one of only four manual 355 Spiders finished in this colour combination ,from the 315 cars originally imported by Maranello Concessionaires /Ferrari UK. Enamel Scuderia wing shields have also been fitted retrospectively.
The second owner 37 year old underwriter ,Mr. Martin Reith bought the car on the 22nd February 2002 with 9,608 miles once again from Surrey Ferrari agents Maranello Sales for £70,000.
Purchased by the third owner ,38 year old accountant ,Mr Christopher Legg from London Ferrari agents ,HR Owen on the 26th September 2003 with 12,242 miles for £64,251.Mr Legg sold the car, back to HR Owen ,just short of nine years later, on the 12th April 2012 with 17,000 miles.
Purchased by the fourth effectively final owner, via myself by, a retired gentleman from Surrey ,from specialists Simon Furlonger on the 1st July 2012 with 17,074 miles, following a full engine out cam belt service. With his passing ,the DVLA advised his widow , that she needed to register the car in her own name which she did on the 19th May 2017 ,thus adding a fifth keeper.
The car is complete with handbooks, wallet, replacement service book, past invoices, MOT's documented ownership history as well as a C-Tek battery conditioner and a bespoke car cover
Open sports cars are an integral part of Ferrari tradition: the first Ferrari ever to be built, in fact, was an open sports car – the 125 S. The F355 Spider’s Pininfarina-penned lines were honed by 1,800 hours in the wind tunnel. The result successfully blended the elegance and aerodynamics of the F355 Berlinetta with open air driving.
For the first time on a Ferrari, the semi-automatic soft-top was powered electronically. The sophisticated 5-valve per cylinder V8 engine guaranteed class-topping performance.
The first Ferrari ever built was an open-top. Spiders always held a very special and vital place in Enzo Ferraris’ heart and later in that of the company itself. The inspiration behind every Ferrari spider is a mix of a genuinely sporty engineering and the thrill of open-top driving.
The F355 Spider brought this spirit to a whole new level by melding the berlinetta and the GTS’s acknowledged performance with a superbly efficient electronically-operated semi-automatic soft top. The factors that made the F355 such a successful model made the transition unaltered to the Pininfarina-styled Spider: a very elastic 380 hp engine with five valves per cylinder, 109 hp/litre specific power output, 4.7-second 0 a 100 km/h sprinting and 37 Kgm of torque.
The two-seater F355 Spider had a steel and aluminium body. Its styling was moulded around an aerodynamically severe design that included a full-body undertray designed to equalise downforce (Cl) between the two axles.
The cabin was designed with both safety and driving pleasure in mind. The seats and trim were Connolly leather. Composite racing seats were also available to order. The chassis was a steel monocoque with a tubular steel rear sub-frame for the engine-suspension assembly. Both front and rear suspension used independent unequal-length wishbones and coil springs over gas-filled telescopic electronic dampers with two settings. The car also has anti-roll bars.
The steering was rack and pinion with power-assist, and optional mechanical gear. The brakes had self-venting discs and excludable ABS ATE. The 18” wheel rims were magnesium.
The mid-rear 3496 cc 90° V8 was longitudinally mounted and punched out 380 hp, giving it a specific power output of 109 hp/l. Distribution was by means of twin overhead cams with five valves per cylinder. The con rods were titanium, while the control unit was the Bosch M5.2. Dry sump lubrication and a six-speed plus reverse mechanical gearbox completed the picture along with a dry single-plate clutch.
Taken from Ferraris own website
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