1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582

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1995 Ferrari F355 GTS

Sold for € 70,150 (US$ 84,502) inc. premium
1995 Ferrari F355 GTS
Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
•One of 2,048 made
•Rare manual transmission model
•Two previous owners
•Circa 37,000 kilometres from new
•Major service (belts changed) less than 500 kilometres ago

'Complex, sophisticated, and very fast, it is the quantum leap that has enabled the Ferrari V8 to run in proud parallel with the 456GT and 550 Maranello,' enthused Car magazine's review of the F355. First presented to the motoring press in May 1994, the F355 effectively re-forged the reputation of Ferrari's V8 which, 328 and 348 notwithstanding, had suffered since the introduction of the Mondial 'world car'. The latter, with its four seats, well-appointed interior, and - relatively - soft ride, was considered far too sensible to be a 'proper' Ferrari; the F355 though, was cast in the mould of that great drivers' car, the Dino 246GT. Just how great an advance it was may be gauged from the fact that the F355's best time around Ferrari's Fiorano test track was three seconds quicker than the formidable 512TR's.

Despite its prodigious performance the F355 was no mere 'racer on the road', but a thoroughly modern automobile employing state-of-the-art technology - in the form of computer-controlled variable damping - to reconcile the differing requirements of ultimate roadholding and acceptable comfort. A light-action clutch, proportional power-assisted steering, and driver's air bag were other features calculated to make the car reassuringly user-friendly.

The heart of the F355 though, was its phenomenal 3.5-litre V8 engine. Equipped with four overhead camshafts and five valves per cylinder - a layout borrowed from Ferrari's Formula 1 engine - this remarkable unit produced a claimed 370bhp at 8,250rpm, with 268lb/ft of torque available between 5,000 and 6,500rpm. A six-speed gearbox, mounted transversely behind the longitudinally disposed engine, ensured a sufficiency of ratios to keep the motor on the boil whatever the situation.

Testing an F355 in 1994, Autocar achieved a top speed of 173mph, with the 0-60mph dash covered in 4.3 seconds. 'The F355 is, we're certain, a landmark car for Ferrari,' declared the esteemed British motoring magazine. 'Not only is it good enough to tear down the walls of the class you think it should be in and cause deep blushes throughout the one above, but it is also the best sports car Ferrari has turned out since the 246 GT Dino some 30 years ago.' Praise indeed.
One of 2,048 F355 GTS models built, this left-hand drive example was originally supplied by Ineco Auto in Modena, Italy and then officially imported into Japan by Cornes, that country's sole Ferrari importer. The car was registered in the UK in the autumn of 2015 and benefits from a major service carried out less than 500 kilometres ago, which included changing the cam belts. Finished in yellow with black leather interior, the car boasts a non-standard stereo system and carbon-fibre dashboard, and comes complete with its original factory tool kit, instruction manuals, and owner's wallet. Accompanying paperwork consists of a UK V5C registration document and the service history, including bills.
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1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
1995  Ferrari  F355 GTS  Chassis no. ZFFPA42JPN0100582
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