Tag Archives: f355

Ferrari Buying Process: What It’s Like To Purchase A Prancing Horse

By   March 21, 2018

Ferrari F355

Ferrari F355

You’ve worked hard and finally have enough money to buy a Ferrari. Well, you actually made the wise decision to finance the Ferrari so that you can invest the cash that you would have put into the car and get a higher rate of return. You’ve got everything in order and are off to the big city to buy the Italian car of your dreams.

The problem is, unlike brands like Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche, you can’t simply walk in and buy a Ferrari. Owning a Ferrari is a more involved process and you normally can’t just go to a dealership and buy a new Ferrari.

So, just what is it like to purchase a new Ferrari?

Continue reading »

The Difference Between A Porsche And A Ferrari

By   August 7, 2015

Porsche Versus Ferrari

Porsche Versus Ferrari

Porsche and Ferrari have often been considered rivals. Much of this started when they both competed at the top level of endurance racing back in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Which provided some great track battles.

Performance of street cars made by the Italian and German companies have often been very close. Although, while both are expensive, Porsche is a more obtainable nameplate so it isn’t seen as quite as exclusive as a Ferrari.

Continue reading »

Price Guide: 1994-1999 Ferrari F355 Is Now The Time To Buy?

By   April 11, 2014

Ferrari F355

The Ferrari F355 Represents Good Value for a Prancing Horse

In the mid-90’s Ferrari replaced the 348 with the F355. The new mid-engined V8 powered Italian sports car turned heads for its improved performance over the outgoing model.

The engine was more powerful than the 348 and managed a very nice 375 horsepower. While by today’s high standards that doesn’t seem like a lot of power, in the 90’s that was more than anybody thought you would ever need (except for maybe Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor).

When first released the Ferrari F355 started at $130,000, but as time and depreciation have set in, it is now one of the more affordable Ferraris.

The F355 is available in three different body styles. The Coupe (a.k.a. Berlinetta), Targa (a.k.a. GTS) and the Convertible (a.k.a. Spider). All offer good performance with the Berlinetta being a little quicker than the others, but the GTS and Spider giving the option for open-air driving.

Prices of the F355 appear to have dropped about as much as they are going to. This makes them a good buy at this point as you are not likely to loose money on depreciation.

Of course with any used Ferrari a pre-purchase inspection is a must. If you don’t get one you run the risk of spending a small fortune in repair bills. Since it is an Italian sports car wearing the Prancing Horse, expect to pay a premium for parts and service.

Remember to try and buy the best F355 that you can afford as this will save money in the long run.

From our research the current market value of one of these cars is below. Remember that depending on condition, mileage and year this price could be higher or lower, but this is the average range.

1994-1999 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta prices range from $30,000-$70,000.
1994-1999 Ferrari F355 GTS prices range from $32,000-$75,000.
1995-1999 Ferrari F355 Spider prices range from $35,000-$80,000.

Picture Source: Chris J. Moffett

For desktop wallpaper of the Ferrari F355 click here.

5 Affordable Ferraris

By   July 29, 2013

5 “Affordable” Ferraris

There is perhaps not higher symbol in automobiles that the Prancing Horse of Ferrari. The Italian sports cars are historically some of the best sports cars that one can buy. When you think of someone that owns a Ferrari you think of someone with a lot of money.

This is for good reason as the cars when new usually go for well over $190,000. Classic cars also normally fetch a premium.

But what do you do if you want to own a Ferrari, but don’t have a huge budget. Fortunately there are options for those starting in the price range of a new Honda Civic.

Below are 5 of the most affordable Ferrari cars that one can buy at this time.

  1. Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS
    The 308 GTB/GTS offered very good performance for their time. The GTS is perhaps best known for its appearance in the classic ’80s show Magnum PI. GTB/GTS offers around 240 horsepower depending on the year. The mid-engined car can be difficult to work on for someone not antiquated with working on Ferraris of the era.
    You can find well maintained examples in the $20,000-$40,000 range depending on condition and year.
  2. Ferrari 308 GT4
    Before the GTB/GTS there was the GT4. This was a four seater car and when you add a back seat to one of these Italian sports cars the price usually goes down a bit. The car still offers a mid engined design and is somewhat more practical that some other models. Originally the GT4 was badged as a Dino, but in 1976 it was sold with Ferrari badging. The mid-engined V8 powered sports car offered 230 horsepower and good performance for its time. Styling was very ’70s and because it wasn’t always badged with a Prancing Horse many don’t think of it as a true Ferrari.
    You can find a well maintained car with about 30,000 miles on it for $20,000 or even a bit less.
  3. Ferrari Mondial
    The Mondial much like the GT4 offers a small back seat and a layout similar to the 308 GTB/GTS. The car is powered by a 3.2 liter V8 engine that put out 266 horsepower. It offered decent performance for the mid ’80s, but was never really valued highly by Ferrari enthusiasts. Styling is very ’80s, but stands out to those looking at it.
    You can find a well maintained early Mondial for $30,000-$40,000.
  4. Ferrari F355
    The F355 is a V8 powered mid-engined Ferrari that offered a very good 375 horsepower. That is very good for a car from the mid-late ’90s. Performance is very good in the Italian sports car and it has nice styling. The F355 is one of the more reasonably cars wearing a Prancing Horse that is thought pretty highly of within the enthusiast community.
    A well maintained F355 will run you $35,000 – $80,000 depending on year, mileage and condition.
  5. Ferrari 360 Modena
    The 360 Modena replaced the F355 and is a modern Ferrari that is sure to turn heads if you drive one. The mid-engined V8 powered car puts out 400 horsepower and is capable of a 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds. The car has more modern styling and modern comforts than you would expect in a newer car over the other cars in this list.
    You can find well maintained 360s for $60,000-$80,000. While not cheap, it is still only about the same price as a new Porsche Boxster or Cayman.

If you choose to buy one of these Ferraris you will join an exclusive club of people that have owned a Ferrari. You do need to be ready to put money away for repairs to these cars as they often cost much more to repair. Some models also have maintenance items such as needing to remove the engine every 10,000 miles to perform maintenance, so do your research before buying one.

Make sure to buy a well documented maintained example as it will save you a lot of money in the long run. A Pre-Purchase Inspection is also a must when looking at a used Ferrari.

Let us know which of these 5 affordable Ferraris you would prefer to drive or if you would put any others on this list in the comments below.

What would you drive

Picture Source: Sfoskett

Ferrari Puts Test Mules And Prototypes On Display – Video

By   May 8, 2013

Ferrari Puts Test Mules And Prototypes On Display

Ferrari Test Mules and Prototypes

The Ferrari Museum has quite a rare exhibit on display. The display features Ferrari prototypes and test mules from past models. These cars, especially the test mules or normally put through harsh testing and then scrapped, but the Italian auto manufacture has kept some of these cars.

This video shows a sample of the cars on display. Cars such as an early LaFerrari prototype are there as well as some early Ferraris. The video shows models such as the Ferrari California, 599, F355 and more. There is also a good number of F1 cars on display.

If you happen to be traveling to Italy in the near future, make sure to head over to the Ferrari Museum while the exhibit is still at the Museum.

Trouble watching this video? Click here.