Spotted for sale in Calabasas is a 1999 Ferrari F1 355 Fiorano #82/100 for $125,000
Stunning, #82 of 100, in Ferrari racing red over Koyo (Deep Tan), is an excellent example of Ferrari’s last one hundred 355’s prior to production being halted to make room for the 360. For the Fiorano which included the last 100 355’s ever built, Ferrari included seven upgrades that made the car the ultimate Spider and the best one ever built. All Fiorano’s came with a quicker steering rack, stiffer and lower suspension, wider track, drilled and ventilated discs, competition brake pads, a stiffer anti-roll bar, an Alcantara steering wheel, racing badges and rear racing grill. All Fiorano’s were numbered 1 through 100.
Given it being a numbered Ferrari, this suggestion of automotive art is an instant collectible. Ferrari registry’s show less than hundred Fiorano’s registered as many have unfortunately been crashed or destroyed making this car a more desired part of Ferrari history.
This Serie Fiorano is in exceptionally great condition with it’s second and current owner, acquiring the car in 2002 with 2500 miles. #82 of 100 has been garaged all it’s life, currently residing in Southern California and is only driven between 50-75 miles each outing. Paint is near perfect with only a couple tiny chips on the nose, the engine out major service (timing belt) was performed 100 miles ago as well as a new top installed at the same time. This collectible not only looks fantastic, it runs fantastic!!
Inside, the interior is sparkling with minimal wear, any sticky switches have been replaced, no cracking or fading and the factory carbon-fiber accents are a beautiful complement to the 355’s functional, driver-oriented cockpit. Stitching around seats and instrument pod is perfect. AC, windows, lights, and all controls/instruments work properly. The semi-power top hydraulics work flawlessly. The canvas top as mentioned is brand new. Mechanically, it is an incredible piece of machinery with its recent major engine-out service performed by Southern California Ferrari center, Franco’s Italian Imports, who is also insured with responsibility of maintaining Jay Leno’s private collection. The Fl transmission has also been recently serviced and is very solid with smooth shifts up and down through all gears. The tires are Pirelli’s and near-new with excellent (90+%) tread.
The F355 F1 is not like any modern day Ferrari, behind you is the 3.5 litre motor comes to life with a gasp of its 40 valves leading to a sexy growl telling you it’s ready to go. Shifting is smooth, the Fl’s paddle shifters were very progressive at the time and provides fast shifts. Handling, is magnificent but with the Fiorano’s Competizione derived suspension and brakes, it is on an entirely different level. Its lower center of gravity combined with a wider track and stiffer springs bring the car into a superb balance with outstanding mechanical grip. If you’re inclined to kick the tail out, it’s balance and natural instinct for forward motion make it easy to right. If your style is more fluid, cornering is spot-on with fantastic braking in and gobs of torque out. Literally the Ferrari that saved Ferrari after the 348 diseaster, It exemplifies why the 355 remains as one of the best sports cars in the last 50 years
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