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1996 Ferrari F355 Spider

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  • Mileage~30,107 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.5L
  • LocationLondon


1996 Ferrari F355 Spider

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Dom Ginn
Professional Consigner

A manual F355 is a drivers dream - Rapid acceleration with an incredible soundtrack and beautiful styling.

The F355 Spider debuted in 1995, with its Pininfarina design honed through ~1,800 hours in the wind tunnel, resulting in a blend of elegant style and aerodynamic performance. It bridges the gap between the old small V8s and the more recent 200MPH supercars. It's the last hand-built Ferrari yet the first to embrace modern technology. Ferrari developed the new F129B V8 engine for the F355, using the V12 F1 program to adopt five-valve-per-cylinder heads, which raises the rev limit to a whopping 8,500RPM. Boasting a 6-speed manual transmission, it's a real driver's car ready to take on the road ahead with the ultimate level of control. Push the accelerator to the floor, and you'll feel the performance available here.

This car comes to market from ~17 years ownership, covering ~10,000 miles in that time with the bulk of that being when it was first purchased. With an upgraded Capristo sports exhaust, low mileage, and a recent service in August that included cambelt change, this car is very much ready to go.

This listing was written from information supplied by Dom after meeting Nick the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

One of my absolute dream cars, the F355 has everything I needed it to be and much more.

Having had the opportunity to own one of his favorite cars of all time, the current owner, Nick, jumped at the chance to purchase the Ferrari some ~17 years ago. "It was a car I'd always wanted to own, having been a huge Ferrari fan since I was a kid; it was an offer I couldn't turn down".

The Ferrari has been adored by Nick over his ownership, and he would prefer the car to go to someone who has as much passion as he does for the Spider. "Ultimately, it's a car that's been with me for a long time, but in the last few years, it isn't getting the use it deserves. If it could go to a home that would truly cherish it, that would be my hope". With younger children at home now and a garage that needs a little more space, the time has come for the Ferrari to go to a new home. Should any questions be needed, Nick is available to answer these in the comments section below.

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Still one of the best looking Ferraris available today, beautiful bodywork, curvaceous lines and Pininfarina styling.

Wheels and Tyres

The Ferrari is fitted with a lovely set of factory 18" Speedline alloys, each one is in good condition, showing only age-related signs of wear. There are a few sections of the wheels where the lacquer shows with a little lift to the finish, and we noted a minor scuff on the rear nearside wheel.

The car comes complete with a set of Bridgestone Expedia tyres with a tread spec of 225/40 at the front. At the rear, the car is equipped with the same tyres, with a wider spec of 265/40. Their condition looks good as relatively low miles have been added since the rears were changed in 2010 and the fronts in 2012. Please take a look at the photos and videos for a detailed view of the exterior of this F355 and a closer look at the wheels and tyres.


Over ~1,800 hours of wind tunnel analysis were carried out on the F355's production while designing the body. Innovative design is key here, as the car incorporates a "nolder" profile on the tail and fairing on the underbody that generates downforce when at speed. The exterior of the F355 Spider shows well, with shut lines and panel gaps looking good, and the car looks lovely out on the road.

The car had some damage early in its life in August 1998 that resulted in a Category D insurance marker being placed on the car. We've highlighted our observations in more detail through our high-resolution images and videos, so please take the time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer and to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


Looking over the Ferrari, the car is in good condition, with the "TDF Blue" paint finish looking lovely. The colour appears to be an even match across the car, and the finish to the paint is consistent across the exterior. The car had previously undergone polishing work in 2016, however we did notice some swirl marks around the car, we also noticed a few age-related marks are starting to reappear, so it could benefit from a touch-up. We noted no major issues with the car, although there were two areas to the rear of the car where we found an obvious chip in the paint on the nearside and a scratch mark on the rear offside.

We've taken high-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork and paint for yourselves. The images are taken from various angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there yourselves. So please, take the time to fully assess these high-resolution images and videos of the car to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

All of the glass sections around the Ferrari looked great, with the windscreen, windows, mirrors, and lenses all appearing in good condition, with no cracks, chips, or significant scratching that we observed during our visit.

Take a look through the exterior gallery and review video. We take you across all the areas of the car as if you were standing there yourself. This way, you can see in greater detail what a great-looking car the F355 Spider really is.


Glorious tan leathers compliment the dark blue of the cabin, luxury driving for your journey ahead.

Seats and Carpets

The car's seats are upholstered with hides from Connolly leather and they are fitted asymmetrically, placing the driver slightly closer to the centreline than the passenger. Finished in a smart tan, the seats are in good condition, showing just some creases in the leather and wear on the outer edges. We noted some more signs of wear on the driver's bolster edge, although it didn't change the overall appearance of the F355's interior.

The carpets in the cabin are also in good condition, with minimal signs of age. We also reviewed the front boot section, which is clean and tidy, although there was a noticeable mark that we've highlighted in our interior review video. Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


The black dash area appears to be in great shape with no major issues to report. The top of the dash presents well and without splits, cracking, or warping, typical for this model the glovebox cover is not as tight. The odometer displayed ~30,107 miles at the time of our visit. The styling looks great in the cabin space with the black leather offset against the tan trim.

The dials, switches, and controls are beautifully presented; all faces look clean and clear, with no fogging or scratching. We noted no issues with any warning lights, and the gauges and dials were all functioning without concern. Our interior gallery section takes you through some closer images of the Ferrari's dashboard.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A classic black-finished steering wheel places the driver in readiness for the journey ahead. The wheel appears to be in great condition with very few signs of wear observed. The black 'Prancing Horse' against the yellow is a nice touch.

The manual gear stick with the classic Ferrari metal finish looks great in this 90s example. We've captured high-resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior in our gallery section.


V8 power, this car packs an impressive level of performance and was a real game changer of its time.

Engine and Gearbox

Apart from the displacement increase from 3.4L to 3.5L, the major difference between the V8 engine in the previous 348 and F355 is the introduction of a 5-valve cylinder head. This new head design allowed for better intake and resulted in an engine that was considerably more powerful, generating a maximum power output of ~375BHP.

We took the car out on some local roads with the current owner to get a better feel for what this vehicle is all about. During the drive, we ran through the motions, taking the F355 through the gears and getting an overview from Nick's perspective on how the car performs. Please take a look at the mechanical video to see the car starting from cold and on the road.

Suspension and Brakes

The front and rear suspension uses independent wishbones and coil springs over gas-filled telescopic shock absorbers controlled by electronic control servos and anti-roll bars. This allows selection between two damper settings, "Comfort" and "Sport," for the best levels of control. On the drive out, we heard no knocks, bangs, or squeaks from the suspension, and overall, the car performed as expected with no observed issues. The brakes felt solid, with no noticeable pull or vibrations during the journey, bringing the car to a stop smoothly and in line with Ferrari's quality expectations, some recent work actioned in August to ensure this is the case.

We cover the underside of the F355 in our 'Mechanical gallery' section. Head over to our video section where we've summarised our visit in more detail for you to view for yourself. We take you around the mechanical elements of the car and give you an overview of what's on offer here.

The Drive

To truly appreciate the raw and potent V8 experience that the F355 offers, you need to get behind the wheel or ride as a passenger.

Watch the mechanical video to witness the car in action on the road – it's not just about looking great; it delivers an exhilarating performance as well.

Electrics and Other

The F355 saw the introduction of electronic fuel injection and suspension control servos. The Ferrari is modest in its offering of electronic driver comforts, focusing instead on sports performance and providing a truly enjoyable journey.

The car is fitted with an aftermarket sound system, and there is also a tracker fitted to the car for insurance purposes. Nick let us know that he's had no issues with the electrical elements on the car, and everything is working as it should including the air-conditioning.

History and Paperwork

Coming from ~17 year ownership with only ~30,107 on the clock, a major service actioned in August, this manual F355 Spider comes to market with a keen reserve.

The Ferrari comes to market with a clean bill of health on its last MOT which is valid until 5th April 2024. In the current ownership the car has covered ~10,000 miles and has been equipped with an upgraded Capristo sports exhaust, replacement clutch, Bilstein suspension, as well as servicing as documented. Is has just been serviced in August after a period of storage, this was a major service that included cambelt replacement and brake maintenance as detailed in the invoice.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and actioned a HPi check on the vehicle. The car has a Category D insurance write-off marker noted on 03/08/1998.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

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Service History
Date Type Mileage
18.08.2023 Service 30,102
01.04.2023 MOT 30,089
04.04.2022 MOT 30,087
06.04.2021 MOT 30,018
14.01.2020 MOT 29,998
28.01.2019 MOT 29,904
09.11.2017 MOT 29,749
27.09.2016 MOT 29,487
26.09.2016 Service 29,487
03.10.2015 MOT 29,402
09.09.2014 MOT 29,128
02.07.2014 Service (Belts) 29,090
04.09.2013 MOT 28,890
16.04.2012 Service 28,601
13.04.2012 MOT 28,601
15.06.2011 Bodywork Repairs
10.05.2011 Capristo Exhaust
19.04.2011 MOT 27,903
01.04.2010 MOT 27,537
25.01.2010 Service 27,364
03.04.2009 MOT 25,118
23.11.2008 Service 24,269
03.04.2008 MOT 22,127
11.04.2007 MOT 20,615
14.11.2005 Fault Diagnosis (No Errors) 17,592
19.09.2005 Fault Checking 16,324
17.06.2005 Wheel Bearing 14,718
17.04.2003 MOT 11,290
07.11.2001 MOT 9,248
15.12.2000 MOT 8,138
Key Details
  • ModelF355 Spider
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date04.11.1996
  • CC3,496cc
  • Mileage~30,107 on Clock
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourBlue
  • Interior ColourTan
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #ZFFXR48C000107054
  • Engine #44341
  • Last Service18.08.2023
  • MOTYes Valid Until 05.04.2024
  • HPi ClearCat D - 03/08/1998
  • Former Keepers10
  • Tyre BrandBridgestone
  • Security SysTracker
  • # of Keys2
  • BrakesFerrari
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~17 years
  • Key FeatureLow Mileage & Long Ownership
  • Auction ID1661