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Capable of 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, 0-100mph in 10.6 seconds and 185mph, the Pininfarina-styled F355 was an undoubted supercar. Introduced at the May 1994 Geneva Salon, the F355 - available as a either fixed-head Berlinetta or targa-roofed GTS - was the standard bearer for a new generation of more technologically advanced 'small' Ferraris. Based around a robot-welded sheet steel monocoque equipped with all-round independent double-wishbone suspension, ventilated ABS disc brakes and power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, it used a new computer-controlled electronic damper system that self-adjusted depending upon the feedback gleaned from various road speed, brake pressure, suspension loading and steering sensors. Further enhanced by a ground-effects undertray, the F355 was revealed to be seven seconds and four seconds a lap faster round Ferrari's Fiorano test track than the 348 and 512TR respectively. Beautifully trimmed, the model's cosseting interior came with leather upholstery, electric windows and air-conditioning as standard. Best of all, 355s are easy to handle, and they love to rev all the way to their incredible 380bhp maximum output at 8250rpm, thanks to the longitudinally mid-mounted quad-cam 3496cc V8 being built to mouthwatering specifications: 11.1:1 compression ratio, F1-style titanium con-rods, forged alloy pistons, three inlet and two exhaust valves per cylinder (40 in total) and Bosch M 2.7 engine management system. Total F355 GTS production reputedly amounted to 2,577 cars.

Finished in Rosso Red with black leather upholstery, this recently serviced left-hand drive example is described by the vendor as being in "very good" condition with regard to its bodywork, electrical equipment, interior trim and six-speed manual gearbox, while he rates the engine as "excellent". Reportedly manufactured in April 1996 and supplied abroad before being imported and UK registered the following March, the Ferrari is further understood to have had three former keepers and to have been in the current ownership since 2007. Boasting an original handbook and leather tool case as well as its trademark removable roof panel and a radio / multi-CD player, the GTS has apparently benefited from fresh tyres within the past 2,000km and had both catalytic converters renewed recently too. While, the supercar's cambelts are said to have been last changed two years ago at 24,230km (the odometer currently shows just 30,000km). Riding on five-spoke alloy wheels, this striking Ferrari is offered for sale with "full main agent and specialist service history" and MOT certificate valid until March 2011.

Image and description kindly supplied by H&H Classic Auctions

Ferrari F355 GTS 1996

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