The Pininfarina designed Ferrari F355, was known internally as Type F129 and built from May 1994 to 1999. An evolution of the Ferrari 348, it would be succeeded by the Ferrari 360. It is powered by a 3.5-liter V-8 that is mounted midship and was available as a two-seat coupe, convertible (spider) or targa (GTS), such as this car.
Design emphasis for the F355 was placed on significantly improved performance, as well as drivability across a wider range of speeds and in different environments that included being more user-friendly to the city traveller. Aerodynamic designs for the car included over 1,300 hours of wind tunnel analysis. The car incorporates a “Nolder” profile on the upper portion of the tail with its slight uptick, and a fairing on the underbody generates downforce when the car is being exercised at speed.
The F355 was the last in the series of mid-engined Ferraris with the “Flying Buttress” (concave) rear window, a lineage going back to the 1965 Dino 206 GT, unveiled at the Paris Auto Show. It is also the last of the era’s targa models, in which the removable roof section was stored behind the seats.
This example was supplied new to the U.K. via Maranello Sales, Egham in April 1999. It was specified new in Nero DS with a body coloured removable hard top, Red Brake Callipers, Drilled Brake Discs, 6 CD Changer and the now highly desirable carbon backed racing seats. Our understanding is that there were only 6 RHD manual GTS produced in this specification (one of which is in Australia). The car maintains its factory original handbooks, service book, leather wallet, two sets of original keys and all tools. The factory supplied red dust cover is also present, as is the leather cover for the targa roof.
It has been extensively maintained and very well cared for during its life with a total of 20 service stamps present in the book and an A4 binder full of servicing invoices and MOTs. It has had the belts changed as prescribed (in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2018 and 2021). A challenge rear grill and lights were fitted in 2007 by Joe Macari and a Koenig Sports Exhaust system has also been added.
The A/C unit was refurbished in 2018 and blows directional hot and cold air on demand. The engine lid and front bonnet struts have both been replaced in the last few years. The magnesium wheels were stripped and professionally refurbished in 2020, at which time new Bridgestone tyres were fitted. The front pads and brake ducting were also replaced in 2020. In 2021, whilst the engine was out for the belt service, the cam covers were removed and sent away for fresh powder coating.
A truly unique car ready to drive and enjoy, F355s are beloved by many for their looks and performance and are one of the most popular models of the Montezemolo. With the desirable open-gated manual gearbox and rare factory carbon racing seats, this example presents the rare opportunity to acquire a stunning F355 GTS which has been subject to a level of care and attention during its life that few other F355s would have ever experienced. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.