1999 Ferrari 355 F1 Spider

A 3.5-liter V8 with titanium rods, five-valve cylinder heads, and a
180-degree crankshaft gave 380 hp at 8,500 rpm

In the 1970s, Ferrari changed the Berlinetta formula from two-passenger front-engine V12s to a mid-engine V8, with the introduction of the 308 GT. This basic formula evolved over the years as technology advanced, but it took a major step forward with the F355 introduced in 1994. The successor to the poorly received 348, the F355 is based on the same layout, but the two models are definitely generations apart.

It is the dual personality of the F355 that made it a success. It could be driven every day comfortably with all the “soft” settings in place, but at the touch of a button could be instantly transformed into a magnificent performance instrument. Precise and powerful, yet balanced and tractable, with enough driving aids to keep novice drivers in check and brilliant drivers challenged, the F355 reinvented what customers would come to expect of a purebred sports car.

A pristine example of the revolutionary F355 F1 Spider from the last year of production, this car offers its next owner the chance to preserve or to drive a truly awesome Ferrari.

Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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