19-20 January 2017
1998 Ferrari F355 F1 Spider
- Chassis no. ZFFXR48A2W0112320
$100,000 - $150,000
To be auctioned on Thursday, January 19, 2017
- Purchased new by Reba McEntire
- Only 6,275 original miles from new
- Gorgeous Azzuro California over Crema color combination
- Recent service in October 2016
Offering a number of technological improvements over the outgoing 348, the F355 was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1994. Powered by a new 3.5-liter engine with five valves per cylinder (hence the car’s ‘355’ nomenclature), it featured a new engine management system along with a larger and more sophisticated exhaust system. With power rated at 380 brake horsepower and a top speed of 183 mph, and a 0–60 mph time of 4.7 seconds, this was a properly fast automobile. The model’s biggest change came about in 1997, when Ferrari introduced its new F1-style gearbox management system. Operated by two paddles on each side of the steering wheel, this meant that the driver did not have to take his hands off the wheel to shift gears, similar to the gearboxes on Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars.
A convertible version of the F355, dubbed the F355 Spider, first broke cover in 1995. This would be the first Ferrari to utilize a power-operating folding soft top, and it proved to attract even more customers into Ferrari’s dealerships. What better way was there to enjoy the sound of that all-new V-8 than by lowering the top?
This F355 F1 Spider stands out from the rest not only due to its gorgeous color combination, but also due to its celebrity ownership. Purchased new by country music singer and songwriter Reba McEntire, the car was titled in the name of her then-husband Narvel Blackstock and remained in their ownership until 2016. Finished in Azzuro California over a Crema interior with contrasting Blu seat piping, the car’s only optional extra is its F1-style transmission. The F355 remains in exceptional condition throughout, showing only 6,275 original miles on its odometer. A service was performed on the car in October of 2016 and at that time, all fluids were replaced and the convertible top was serviced and confirmed to be in fully functioning condition. Furthermore, it is accompanied by a full set of owner’s manuals, tools, and some previous service invoices.
Today, the F355 remains an icon of the Montezemolo era and is adored by tifosi for its gorgeous looks, exciting performance, and incredible exhaust note. Low-mileage F355s are becoming increasingly more difficult to find, and one in a condition such as this, with celebrity ownership to its name, simply cannot be missed.
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