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Production started on the 26th November 1997 and was completed one week later on the 3rd December 1997.The car was transported to the UK to Maranello Sales Ltd who delivered the car on the 6th January 1998 to 42-year company director Mr G I of Middlesex. The then list price was £103,734.88- plus delivery charges, number plates and road tax. In addition, the car was factory optioned with the F1 gearbox operation-one of 139 UK cars -which added another £6,345.00. The car passed into the ownership of businessman and philanthropist Mr, now Baron, R V of London in late 1998 via Maranello Sales, presumably with only a few hundred miles.
The car appears to have remained in the South West of England and South Wales where it was maintained by Ferrari agents ,Dick Lovett
Registered to the sixth and penultimate owner Mr M D of South Wales a Porsche specialist (who also bought a black left-hand drive Ferrari 575 on the 17th June 2015) having bought it from Knowl Hill Garage of Twyford, Berkshire who may have bought the car "in the trade" from Meridien Modena. The car used sparingly until he decided to enter in Silverstone Auctions May 2016 sale where it sold to a 37-year-old company director from Dorset for £86,625. The car was taken Ferrari agents Meridien Modena for an annual service and to Emblem Sports Cars for further fettling including refurbishing of the sticky switch gear, apparently spending some £14,000 in all!
The leather wallet includes the factory original service book complete with 12 main dealer stamps handbooks and leather tool case as well as past invoices and MOT certificates, are present as well.
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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