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Car Tales: Flagship Ferrari, F355 Spider

“Nice car. What’s the retail on one of those?” asks Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious, by far the most popular car culture film series in the history of cinema.
“More than you can afford, pal. Ferrari,” says the driver of the F355 European supercar.
1997 Ferrari F355 Spider 6-Speed for sale
What happens next? Watch the film.

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The flagship V8 Ferrari sports car of the 1990s, the introduction to modern Ferrari with a total of 11,273 built, the first of the marque to sell more than 10,000 examples, the F355 features distinctive Pininfarina-designed bodywork over a steel monocoque frame with a mid-mounted 3.5-liter engine producing 375 HP. The dynamic capabilities of the car’s V8 hurl the Spider to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 13.4 seconds at 106 mph – top speed is just below 180 mph.
1997 Ferrari F355 Spider 6-Speed side view
One of the best cars ever to have come out of Maranello, the F355 bridges the gap between old Ferrari and new; between quaint, classic, small V8s and the recent 200mph V8 supercars. It is the last hand-built Ferrari, but also the first to truly embrace modern technology.
The mid-mounted, dry-sumped, flat-plane V8 borrowed the then-latest Formula 1 gizmos. Its ride is surprisingly supple, its hydraulic power steering just sublime, howling with the hard-edged intensity of a racer, a serenade of engine noises issuing from just behind your head: the F355 had the highest specific horsepower per liter of any naturally aspirated engine on sale.
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1994, the Ferrari F355 Spider has that slender, delicate Pininfarina design, and while the predecessor, the 348, came with the side intake streaks inspired by the flagship V12 Testarossa, the F355 returned to twin round taillights and a large side air intake almost carved out of the door skin, a very beautiful car, even after all this time.
At that original 1994 Geneva launch, the F355 was available only in Berlinetta (coupe) or GTS (targa roof) form, with a full convertible (the Spider) arriving the year after.
The first Ferrari ever built was an open-top. Spiders always held a very special and vital place in Enzo Ferrari’s 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.
1997 Ferrari F355 Spider 6-Speed rear view
The 355 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, compact and simple top mechanism.
The car works well as a convertible. Additional structural bracing has made the body shell commendably stiff, and the aerodynamics are surpris­ingly good. Perhaps because of the wind­shield’s extreme rake, there’s hardly any wind buffeting.
The 355 was such a successful model and all its superb qualities made the transition unaltered to the Spider: a very elastic 380 hp engine with five valves per cylinder, 109 hp/liter specific power output.
1997 Ferrari F355 Spider 6-Speed interior
The two-seater 355 Spider had an aluminum and steel body. Its styling was moulded around an aerodynamically severe design that included a full-body undertray designed to equalize downforce between the two axels.

The cabin was designed with both safety and comfort in mind. The seats and trim were Connolly leather.
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 two anti-roll bars. The steering was rack-and-pinion with power-assist, and optional mechanical gear. The brakes had self-venting discs, the 18-inch rim wheels were magnesium.
As you may find at Beverly Hills Car Club, where we have a Pininfarina-designed 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider 6-Speed featured with only 32,029 miles on the odometer.
This fabulous car is finished in its factory color Gunmetal Gray (703/C) complemented with a black interior.
1997 Ferrari F355 Spider 6-Speed engine
The F355 Spider comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, V8 engine, 4-spoke steering wheels, Veglia instrumentation, 4-wheel disc brakes, Michelin tires, a tool kit, and 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels. Further enhancing the exterior of this F355, equipped is a convertible soft top giving you the option to enjoy the open air. Convenience features include air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, analog clock, sun visors with passenger vanity mirror, and a Sony radio. 

This particular F355 Spider comes with a comprehensive owner’s manual, a clean CARFAX report, and receipt copies totaling over $18,000 that were recently invested in April 2024. Italian sports cars are constantly rising in value, and this Ferrari F355 presents an excellent opportunity to acquire a piece of automotive history that is not only visually superb but also mechanically sound.
If you want it, you had better hurry: this modern classic Ferrari won’t be around forever.
-Alex Manos, Owner
Ferrari F355 Spider buyer Alex Manos

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