1995 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta Manual
The Ferrari F355 introduced modern-day Ferrari and it’s still a great drive. Few ‘icons’, are more worthy of the name
Understood to be the only RHD F355 Berlinetta spec’d in the factory colour of “Prugna”
- Prugna (Maroon) exterior
- Crema leather interior
- Black Carpets
- Upgraded Hi Fi
Let’s get straight to it: the Ferrari F355 is one of the best cars ever to have come out of Maranello. The 355 replaced the slightly lacklustre 348 and was a distinct improvement in both looks and dynamic ability.
The mid-mounted, dry-sumped, flat-plane V8 borrowed the then-latest Formula 1 technology, featuring five valves (three inlet, two exhausts) per cylinder and producing 380bhp at a screaming 8250rpm, which equates to 109bhp per litre – and that was the highest specific output for a naturally aspirated car at the time.
With a 0-60mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed a fraction shy of 180mph, the 355 is a searingly fast sports car. It’s also widely considered to be the last of the traditionally beautiful Ferraris, and although styling is largely subjective, any petrol head would be hard to argue against the 355’s slender, delicate Pininfarina styling.
The Ferrari has a beautifully restrained interior too, and it just fits. As you climb over the wide sill and in, you find yourself seated low with feet slightly offset, but visibility is fine and, when the V8 starts, the sound is intoxicating with a steady yet busy idle.
You can drive a 355 fast and comfortably at normal revs, keeping the engine below around 5000rpm, with the adjustable suspension in ‘comfort’ mode. The controls are accurate and communicative, the clutch is a bit long of travel yet sensibly weighted, and the manual gearbox is a delight in a modern world lacking in the vital analogue touchpoints that make driving such a car just so engaging.
Because you sit well forward, with the engine screaming behind you, the Ferrari seems to swivel from your hips, and it feels planted. But switch the suspension to ‘sports’ mode, allow the rev counter to breach that 5000rpm mark and the car comes on cam properly.
One of the best cars of the 1990s? Not only that, but one of the very best Ferraris ever.
- Engine 3495cc V8, five-valves per cylinder
- Power 380bhp @ 8250rpm
- Torque 268lb ft @ 6000rpm
- Transmission Six-speed manual
- 0-60mph 4.6secs
- Top speed 183mph
This beautifully presented 2.7 Motoronic, non-airbag, manual Ferrari F355 Berlinetta was supplied new via Mortimer Houghton Turner and is understood to be the only example in factory order colour Prugna (Maroon) Metallic 306/C with a Crema hide interior.
Having covered only 33,000 miles and meticulously maintained to the highest standard with an impeccable service history (Cambelt service carried out in March this year) this car is available for immediate delivery.
Please contact our sales team for further details.
- +Crema leather interior
- +Upgraded Hi-Fi system
- +Prugna exterior