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1996 – 1999 Ferrari F355 Spider

Ferrari F355 Spider

In 1994 Ferrari offered a convertible version of their 355 known as the Spider. It was developed exclusively by Pininfarina to have a semi-automatic soft top. Ferrari spent a lot of time (1,800 hours) testing the design in the wind tunnel, resulting in what many believe was the first aerodynamically driven blend of elegant style and performance. The semi-automatic soft-top was powered electronically (a first for Ferrari at the time).

Ferrari produced 3,717 Spiders from 1995 until 1999. 2,664 of these came equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission while the other 1,053 were sold with the expensive F1 electrohydraulic manual transmission.

Apart from the displacement increase from 3.4 to 3.5 L, the major difference between the V8 engine in the previous generation 348 and F355 was the introduction of a 5-valve cylinder head which ultimately allowed for better intake permeability and thus more power. The engine produced 375 hp.

Specs & Performance

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Maranello, Italy
price $ $ 137,075
engine V8
position Mid, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum Alloy
valvetrain DOHC 5 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed Bosch Motronic 2.7 Injection
displacement 3496 cc / 213.3 in³
bore 85.0 mm / 3.35 in
stroke 77.0 mm / 3.03 in
compression 11.0:1
power 283.4 kw / 380.0 bhp @ 8250 rpm
specific output 108.7 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 281.48 bhp per tonne
torque 363 nm / 267.7 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
redline 8500
body / frame Steel & Aluminum
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
front tires F 225/40ZR-18
rear tires R 265/40ZR-18
front brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
rear brakes Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist & ABS
front wheels F 45.7 x 19.0 cm / 18.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 25.4 cm / 18.0 x 10.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1350 kg / 2976 lbs
wheelbase 2450 mm / 96.5 in
front track 1514 mm / 59.6 in
rear track 1615 mm / 63.6 in
length 4250 mm / 167.3 in
width 1900 mm / 74.8 in
height 1170 mm / 46.1 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.07:1, 2.16:1, 1.61:1, 1.27:1, 1.03:1, 0.84:1
final drive 4.35:1
top speed ~281.6 kph / 175.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.7 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~12.9 seconds


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Auction Sales History

1999 Ferrari 355 F1 Spider – sold for $53,500 No reserve. Only 22,000 actual miles. No accidents. Clean Carfax. F1 transmission. Total carbon fiber interior. Custom 19″ wheels. Brembo GT racing brakes. Tubi exhaust. Passed CA smog on 05/20/06 with 13,362 miles per carfax. Maintenance inspection completed June 6, 2013 per carfax. Books, jack, and tools. Extensive service records. NADA retail $91,100. CAN NOT BE REGISTERED IN CALIFORNIA. Auction Source: The Daytime Auction in Monterey by Mecum

1998 Ferrari 355 Spyder – sold for $45,000 Nart Blue paint with Tan interior. Believed to be 25,243 miles. 6-speed transmission. Concours detail. CarFax. Not smogged, can not be sold to California resident. Auction Source: The Daytime Auction in Monterey by Mecum

1999 Ferrari 355 Spider – sold for $75,000. This 4,600-mile 1999 Ferrari 355 Spider’s present owner made it a part of his 50-car Southern California collection in 2000, maintaining it in as-new condition with the exception of a new water pump installed by Ferrari Orange County in 2007. It is otherwise completely original, right down to the white gloves supplied by the factory in the owner’s manual leather pouch. Powered by the original 3.5 L/375 HP V-8 engine driving a 6-speed transaxle, this Red-on-Tan 355 is well equipped with factory air conditioning, power steering and brakes, power windows, locks, seats and top and the original Ferrari sound system with CD player. The dealer-installed Tubi exhaust system adds 10 extra horsepower while also enhancing that unique Ferrari exhaust note. Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum

1995 Ferrari F355 Spider – sold for $66,000 Dark red exterior, tan interior and 29,000 original miles. This car has all service records. 15,000 and 30,000 service have been completed. The car was serviced in July of 2011. This car runs, drives and operates very nicely. There are no issues with the interior or dash trim. All electronics and hydraulic top works very well. Auction Source: 2012 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

1999 Ferrari F355 Spider – sold for $47,300 35,610 original miles. F1 transmission. 380hp. Yellow with black leather interior. 30K mile service at 31,298. All tools & manuals. Well kept car, structurally and mechanically sound. Comes with CARFAX “damage/actual mileage” buyback guarantee. Auction Source: 2012 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction