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Production of the car started on Friday the 27th February 1998 and was completed 12 days later on Wednesday 11th March 1998.Delivered to Ferrari UK by truck and first registered R13 ASK, by my colleague Mark Hawkins ,then of Maranello Sales in Egham Surrey, to property consultant Miss A K of London on the 1st April 1998. Finished in Giallo Modena DS430 with black hide 8500 , carpets 151 and hood. Additionally the car was factory optioned with a 6x CD changer (CDCH) at £720.00 and a rear challenge grille (GRD1) at £288.00 (Enamel Scuderia wing shields have also been fitted retrospectively.)The car is understood to be one of only 38 manual 355 Spiders finished in this colour combination ,from the 315 cars originally and officially imported by Maranello Concessionaires/Ferrari UK.
Invoices from Racing Technologies, which was to later become Autofficina, show that by December 2005 and with 24,700 miles the car appears to be in the ownership of 60 year old film producer ,Mr J B of London, who continued to use Racing Technologies/Autofficina to maintain the car. By December 2008 and 33,000 miles the car was with Mr C G of Surrey ,owner of the Autofficina property, It was next purchased by 54 year old manager Mr B of Surrey ,from Autofficina ,who then part exchanged it with Autofficina for a 360 spider. Owned next by Mr S L, a chartered accountant of London, in June 2009 with 35,025 miles, an invoice from Joe Macari Service for recall campaign 48,86-to Mr A L of London is dated the 27th January 2010 and shows, plainly mistakenly 14,000 miles!
The sixth and penultimate owner Mr C K of Surrey bought the car on 3rd April 2010 with some 37,000 miles. He kept the car for twelve months and some 2,000 miles when the last owner, a 41 year old company director from Surrey bought the car from Surrey based Ferrari specialists, Autofficina on the 5th April 2011 with 39,200 miles exchanging a 1999 Porsche 911.Maintence continued with Autofficina with one service at Migliore Cars and the last service with ourselves.
The car is complete with its original factory service book-15 main dealer and specialist stamps-, handbooks ,leather wallet and tools as well a comprehensive file of past invoices and 11 MOT certificates as well as the original tool kit.
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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