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Lot 126

1998 Ferrari F355 F1 Spider

  • Chassis no. ZFFXR48A2W0112320

Sold for $88,000


380 bhp, 3,496 cc DOHC V-8 engine, Bosch Motronic M2.7 electronic injection, six-speed manual transmission, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar, front and rear suspension, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.45 in.

  • 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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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

Cameron Smyth

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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New York, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more