1999 Ferrari F355 SpiderSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $90,000 - $110,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$121,000 Sold

375bhp, 3496 cc. double overhead cam V8 engine, F1 paddle shift electro-hydraulic transmission, electronically adjustable four-wheel independent front and rear suspensions, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.5"

Purchased New by Mr. Ponder from the Factory, Now with Only 1,450 Miles From New
1999 Ferrari F355 F1 Spider

In the 1970s, Ferrari changed the Berlinetta formula from two passenger front engine V12s to a mid-engine V8 with the introduction of the 308 GT. This basic formula evolved over the years as technology advanced, but took a major step forward with the F355 introduced in 1994. The successor of the poorly received 348, the F355 is based on the same layout, but the two models are definitely generations apart.

Shortly after the F355 Berlinetta was introduced, Ferrari released a Spider variant that with over 500 additional hours of wind tunnel testing and additional bracing produced astonishingly similar performance figures to the closed car.

The 375bhp, 268 lb-ft, five valve per cylinder, aluminum block V8 engine in the F355 was a major technical achievement and supplied breathtaking performance. Belt-driven dual overhead camshafts and hydraulic tappets resulted in a valve train that was unexpectedly quiet in operation – even up to its 8500rpm redline. The 180 degree crankshaft, which produced equal firing intervals on each cylinder bank for perfect exhaust timing, had a firing order more like two straight-fours than the four V-twins of a typical V8 arrangement. On account of these innovations, the F355 produced a sound like no other Ferrari.
Extensive chassis and aero tuning enabled the F355’s suspension to take the enormous power of its engine in stride. This was achieved through an electronically managed variable shock-absorber system that reads data from various sensors and adjusts damping forces to control wheel movement. The driver could control the level of this system or shut it off entirely from the cockpit of the car. As a result, the F355 feels just at home in a high-speed corner as it does on a rough city street. Also new was the TRW power-steering system, which was a vast improvement over the stiff manual steering of earlier Ferraris.

Having been developed specifically for Ferrari’s Formula 1 efforts, a paddle shift electro-hydraulic transmission was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show of 1997. As a $6,000 option the F355 F1 was an expensive upgrade, however it proved to be a popular choice as it noticeably improved acceleration times and eliminated the need for a clutch pedal. Drivers could choose between Sport and Touring settings, which provided smooth shifting for regular driving or lighting fast shifts for a thrilling driving experience.

Such was the dual personality of the F355, which made it such a success. It could be driven every day comfortably with all the ‘soft’ settings in place, but at the touch of a button could be instantly transformed into magnificent performance instrument. Precise and powerful yet balanced and tractable with enough driving aids to keep novice drivers in check and brilliant drivers challenged, the F355 reinvented what customers would come to expect of a purebred sports car.

The 1999 Ferrari F355 F1 Spider offered here finished in Rosso Corsa with a tan leather interior remains in virtually brand new condition with only 1,408 miles registered on the odometer. Ordered new by Mr. Ponder with the highly desirable F1 sequential gearbox, the Spider comes complete with all its books and service records. Notably, the F355 was also ordered with the desirable imbedded Prancing Horse trim. It has been regularly maintained, previously at Ferrari of Beverly Hills and now in Texas. A pristine example of the revolutionary F355 F1 Spider from the last year of production, this car offers its next owner the chance to preserve or to drive a truly awesome Ferrari.
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Please note that this vehicle has been withdrawn from the sale.

Reference Number 7622

as of 2/27/2007

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Car 1999 Ferrari F355 Spider
VIN ZFFXR48A1X0116800 
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