1995 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta – Gated
Set for The Broad Arrow Auction at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
– Presented in Giallo with black leather interior.
– Equipped with a true 3-pedal, gated, six-speed manual gearbox.
– The desirable Berlinetta, GTB, hard-top coupe configuration.
– Fitted with the 2.7 Motronic engine.
– Only 19k miles driven by two long-term owners.
– Accompanied by the car cover and tool kit.
– Recent compression test with 190-215 readings on all cylinders.
One of the first things Luca Codero di Montezemolo did after being appointed President of Ferrari in 1991 was order wholesale changes to the entire lineup of road cars. Replacing the 348, the F355 was a much improved vehicle both in terms of styling owing to the classically beautiful design by Pininfarina and in the blistering performance of its slightly enlarged 3.5-liter V8 engine. Equipped with five valves per cylinder, titanium alloy connecting rods, and a Bosch M5.2 control unit, the improved power plant produced a claimed 380-horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. Underneath, a completely redesigned aerodynamic underbody and telescopic electronic dampers made the F355 over five seconds faster than its predecessor around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track.
Of the different body styles made available over its five year production life, the lightweight, rigid chassis of the fixed hardtop Berlinetta when optioned with the six-speed gated manual transmission was the preferred driver’s choice. Such is the specification of this F355, which is additionally complemented by the unmistakable Ferrari shade of Giallo and matching embroidered floor mats. The accompanying Carfax report shows that the Berlinetta was first registered in Wisconsin before finding its way to New York, where it would remain in the New Rochelle area with its original owner for over a decade. The Ferrari eventually passed to its Pennsylvania-based second owner in 2013 at an indicated 15,596 miles.
Acquired by the consignor in 2013, the F355 appears to have been pampered and diligently maintained over the years. The car currently displays 19,042 miles at the time of cataloging, and presents very well with the original paintwork showing only minor touch up on the front bumper from stone chips, the Speedline five-spoke alloy wheels in unscuffed condition, and the exterior panels and shut-lines all in good order. Inside, the Nero Connolly leather shows light creasing commensurate with normal use, while the steering wheel, dashboard, alloy shift knob, and interior switches look to be in excellent condition. In preparation for the sale, the Berlinetta received a full detailed mechanical inspection, a compression test, and a leakdown test. A detailed description of the work performed is available in the accompanying service invoices. Overall, this is a superb and well-prepared example of one of the last truly analog Ferraris, offering tactile steering and clacking gated gear shifts seldom available in modern supercars.
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