1997 Ferrari F355 GTS with 6-speed gated manual gearbox (1997)




The Ferrari F355 (Type 129) was manufactured from May 1994 until 1999 with 11273 cars produced making it one of Ferrari’s most successful models at the time. The F355 certainly received rave reviews that guaranteed its future classic status with Mr J Clarkson famously stating in 1995 that it was “the greatest car in the world ever” and in fact he went on to buy one himself. The F355 was available in 3 body styles, Berlinetta (closed coupe), GTS (removable roof panel) and Spider. Of the 2048 GTS cars built with the legendary and desirable 6 speed open gate manual gearbox only 360 were supplied with RHD.
Moving onto this particular car, it was supplied new to Mr I.S. on 03 March 97 by Westover Sports Cars, Dorset and is the perfect specification of a RHD Rosso Corse 355 fitted with the 6-speed open gated manual transmission and Dark Grey leather interior and carpets. Being a GTS, fitted with a body coloured removable roof panel, it is perhaps the best version with the removable Targa Roof allowing the joys of open top motoring and an even better opportunity to hear that fantastic exhaust note but without the disadvantages of the fully convertible Spyder version.
This 1997 car is fitted with the later 5.2 Bosch Motronic equipped engine. It also has a standard silencer fitted to Larini Cats and Y pipe so still sounds brilliant but the sound is a little less dominant than with the commonly fitted sports silencers. There is a very comprehensive service history, including 18 stamps in the Service Book and a stack of maintenance invoices and old MOTs with the car. This includes details of regular annual services and the 4 yearly Cam Belt services. The history details work done by some of the best respected Ferrari specialists in the UK. As expected the owners books and manuals are complete as is the original Ferrari tool kit.
The car was bought in September 2017 by the current owner and he has continued the process of maintaining the 355 in excellent condition, having a Major Cam Belt Service carried out by QV London in December 2020 at 57671 miles along with repairs to the exhaust manifold and other cosmetic repairs to the engine and replacement of various seals etc. In September 2021 the 355 returned to QV to have a rear brake and hand brake overhaul and to address “rough running” issues. After fitting a new Air Flow Meter and new front and back Lambda sensors. The engine is now running as a 355 should.
Date             Mileage    Description                    Specialist Garage
3-Mar-97                        Registered New            Supplied by Westover Sports Cars
5-Aug-98            10748    12500 mile Service            Evans Halshaw, Birmingham
14-Jul-99            18801    Annual Service            Evans Halshaw, Birmingham
17-Apr-00    21488    Annual Service            Foskers, Brands Hatch
1-Apr-01            24216    Anl Service, Cam belts    Foskers, Brands Hatch
1-Apr-02            26563    25000 mile Service            Foskers, Brands Hatch
28-Mar-03    30747    Annual Service            Verdi, Hayes
30-Mar-04    32259    Anl Serv Cam belts etc    Foskers, Brands Hatch
31-May-06    37741    37500 mile Service            Racing Technologies, London
14-Sep-07    39863    Annual Service            Autofficina, Surrey
24-May-08    40298    Repairs to targa roof    Autofficina, Surrey
4-Oct-08            41017    Annual Service            Autofficina, Surrey
7-Sep-09            42290    Annual Service            Autofficina, Surrey
17-Dec-09    43160    Fix Limp Mode problem    Autofficina, Surrey
14-Apr-10    43991    Anl Serv Cam Belts         Autofficina, Surrey
10-Sep-10    44838    Repair Buttress            Autofficina, Surrey
25-Jul-11            46413    Annual Service            Autofficina, Surrey
21-Jul-12            47068    Annual Service etc      Autofficina, Surrey
5-Nov-12            47543    De-rust buttresses           Autofficina, Surrey
4-Sep-13            49270    Anl Service Cam Belts    Autofficina, Surrey
20-Jan-14    50018    Fix miss-fire                    Autofficina, Surrey
22-Aug-14    50822    Annual Service clutch    Autofficina, Surrey
27-Apr-15    53583    Repair exh,                      Autofficina, Surrey
3-Jun-15            56028    Replace Larini exhaust    Autofficina, Surrey
19-Aug-15    56779    Major Service                    Redline
4-Dec-20            57671    Major Service Cam Belts QV London
23-Sep-21                Rear Hubs, brakes etc     QV London
This Ferrari’s has been regularly driven and enjoyed by its 9 owners taking the mileage to 58066 miles, but it has been diligently maintained and drives superbly feeling like the properly maintained F355 that it is. The worst thing for these cars is lack of use. QV the London Ferrari Specialist commented when they had this 355 that it was one of the nicest most original cars they had seen.
The leather interior shows a nice patina and no serious wear, the dash board does not show any leather shrinkage and rarely for a Ferrari of this era, sticky plastics are not an issue.
The car has had paint in its life to address the paint cracks and corrosion that affect the buttress wing interface on all 355s. The paint presents very well and looks stunning. The magnesium wheels are immaculate and fitted with the correct Michelin tyres.
If you buy an incredibly low mileage “collectors” quality Ferrari you are going to be afraid to drive it and add to the mileage reducing its “collectability” this means it doesn’t get driven which experience shows leads to more maintenance issues through lack of use. Whereas, with this car you can actually drive and enjoy it without worrying about the additional miles affecting its value. What a great car and a great prospect for Sunday morning blasts and longer road trips!!
It has just been back to QV to have an MOT done and any outstanding items attended to. Now with a new attractive price, its really "ready to go"
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  • Mileage: 58,066
  • Year: 1997
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Coupe
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Red


  • Engine layout: Mid Engined
  • Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
  • Engine size (Litres): 3.5
  • Engine configuration: V8
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Engine power (BHP): 375
  • Torque (lbs/ft): 363
  • Top speed (MPH): 183
  • Acceleration: 0 to 62 in 4.7 seconds
  • Driven wheels: Rear Wheel Drive

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