Lot 128

Dubai

1997 Ferrari F355 Spider

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$189,750 USD | Sold

United Arab Emirates Flag | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Chassis No.
ZFFXR48B000109296
  • Presented in attractive Blu Tour de France over a tan leather interior
  • Powered by a 3.5-litre V-8 engine paired with a six-speed manual gearbox
  • Benefits from over AED 31,500-worth of servicing and mechanical maintenance since acquired by the consignor in July 2021
  • Won the coveted Platinum Award at the Cavallino Classic Middle East in November 2023
  • Offered with a pair of fitted Schedoni luggage pieces, Ferrari manuals in a leather folio, and a toolkit

In 1994, Ferrari began production of its new flagship V-8 berlinetta, the F355. One year later, the Maranello marque revealed a convertible version of its stylish sports car, the F355 Spider. Ferrari enthused that the drop-top car retained the engaging driving dynamics while adding the thrill of open-air motoring, investing some 1,800 hours of wind tunnel testing to ensure that the newly integrated soft-top roof compromised none of the F355’s sleek profile. As a first for Ferrari, the F355 Spider’s semi-automated convertible roof was powered electronically.

The 3.5-litre Tipo F129B V-8 of the F355 Spider—positioned in a rear-mid engine layout—introduced a five-valve cylinder head configuration and was virtually unaltered from the powertrain’s placement in the F355 Berlinetta. Both models had a claimed output of 380 horsepower, capable of accelerating to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds, and with a top speed of 295 km/h. The earliest examples of the F355 Spider were built with the coveted six-speed manual gearbox, as is equipped in the example offered here.

Built to European specifications, this F355 Spider was imported by Ferrari (Suisse) S.A. in June 1997. Finished in Blu Tour de France over a tan leather interior, the Ferrari is configured with a blue soft-top hood and tan tonneau cover. The car’s first owner is believed to have retained the Ferrari until July 2013, when it was acquired by its next owner, who exported the F355 to Dubai after initially keeping the car in Europe. In July 2021, the Ferrari was acquired at auction by its consigning owner, who kept the car in the Middle East.

In July 2017, Netherlands-based Ferrari specialist Forza Service performed a major engine refurbishment, which included replacing the clutch, pressure bearing, timing belt, camshaft oil seals and O-rings, various hoses, and gas struts for the boot. In November of 2020, Alex Renner Motors Garage of Dubai mounted new tyres, balanced and aligned the wheels, and replaced the roof crossbar elastic, timing belt, pulley crankshaft and camshaft seals, transmission oil sump gaskets, right radiator fan, battery, starter motor, oil filter, air filter, and fuel filter. In the ownership of the consignor, the Ferrari has returned to Alex Renner for AED 31,547-worth of servicing and maintenance, most recently in October 2023 for work that included replacement of the transmission mounts. Invoices are available to view in the accompanying history file. In November 2023, the Ferrari was selected to appear at the third edition of the Cavallino Classic Middle East in Abu Dhabi, where it won the coveted Platinum Award. The car’s odometer read 61,455 kilometres at the time of cataloguing.

Perpetually elegant and stylish, this Ferrari F355 Spider is accompanied by Ferrari manuals in a leather folio, service invoices, a tonneau cover, toolkit, and a rare fitted two-piece Schedoni luggage set.