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Entering production on 26th February 1999 and completed two weeks later on 10th March 1999 and transported to Ferrari UK in Egham Surrey-one of 360 of which 248 are thought to remain- by truck. Delivered new and first registered, on 26th March 1999, this is the latest 355 we have ever offered for sale-and believed to the only manual 355 GTS finished this colour combination officially imported-by Ferrari main dealers Stratstone of Cheshire, to former England and Manchester United striker, N B.
With a then list price in excess of £100,000 the car was additionally optioned with aluminium coloured brake callipers at an extra £470.The roof panel in body colour will have added an additional £1000 plus, the multi changer for the CD will have added over £700,whilst the leather lining of the removable roof panel cost an extra £211.50.from the factory. The sill covers have been replaced with carbon fibre after market items to improve visual impact and longevity.
The car passed into the ownership of Mr L H of Cheshire on the 1st November 1999 with a few hundred miles covered, once again from Stratstone. It appears that the next owner Mr A S of London bought the car with 5,170 miles again from Ferrari agents, Stratstone of Wilmslow on the 17th March 2001, covering just over 6,000 miles over the next 21 months.
The car was next registered to a now defunct private company, by a 57-year-old Mr J C of Hertfordshire, on the 2nd December 2002, with just on 12,000 miles now covered, it would seem replacing a 1974 246 GTS in light metallic blue.
Just under twelve months later it was purchased by the fifth owner, Mr R B of Oxfordshire, on the 1st November 2003, with 12,660 recorded miles, from Surrey Ferrari main dealer, Maranello Sales.
Mr G T of Coventry purchased the car from Ferrari main dealers Carrs of Exeter on the 1st February 2006, with 16,400 recorded miles. Mr T bought himself the 355 as a retirement gift from his job Land Rover, were he retired with the responsibility of exterior design for the latest Land Rover Discovery. (He then bought a 1989 328 GTS supplied by myself.)
The next owner Mr G R of Hampshire purchased the car from ourselves, on the 15th May 2007 at 19,150 recorded miles. The car featured extensively in August 2007 Classic and Sportscar magazines article on Ferrari V-8’s in an article organised through ourselves.
The penultimate owner, Mr M D from West Sussex, bought the car from us on 11th October 2010 with a recorded mileage of 27,244 miles.
The last owner Mr D S of Surrey, bought the car to join his 456 GT which he also bought from me, on the 11th August 2016 with 29,300 miles.
The car is complete as new with all factory original handbooks, service books-14 services/15 MOT’s-, wallet tools, keys and immobilisers.
Along the lines of the earlier Targa top, this open version of the F355 had a hard top that could be stowed away behind the seats. The F355 GTS featured a stress-bearing semi-monocoque steel chassis with variable-section, tubular front and rear sub-frames and electronically controlled suspension. The V8 engine produced a specific power of 109 bhp per litre and, mated to a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox, ensured performance.
The design of every new Ferrari model is, by definition, heavily influenced by the Marque’s culture and experience combined with innovations developed as a result of both active experimentation and research. The result is a melding of style and engineering that delivers superb performance across the board. In the case of the Pininfarina-designed F355 GTS, the fusion of familiar elements with more powerfully innovative ones resulted in a truly unprecedented car that guaranteed the same signature Ferrari emotions as ever.
The F355 GTS was a masterful piece of engineering as its 109 hp/litre specific power output attests. The latter value and its impressive torque were achieved by adopting a new five-valve cylinder head. The car’s 3496 cc engine punched out 380 hp. Its blistering performance figures were the result of aerodynamic honing that focused specifically on the underbody.
The two-seater targa-topped F355 GTS had an aluminium and steel 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 Ferrari's own website
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