Wed, 17th Nov 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 30

2001 Ferrari 360 Spider
One of just 478 UK, right-hand-drive, manual examples


(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: Y957 CDS
Chassis No: ZFFYT53C00125022
MOT: June 2022

  • 1 of just 478 UK RHD cars to be fitted with the rarer six-speed manual gearbox
  • Finished in stunning Argento Nurburgring with a navy blue leather interior
  • Only 35,000 miles from new
  • Comprehensive service history and last cambelt change within 3000 miles

‘The 360 is a devastating road car. It does everything you’d hope a Ferrari would but with such polish, precision and ease that you don’t have to think twice about unleashing all its performance. There is perhaps no other car yet made that combines so much raw emotion with so much technical finesse (Evo magazine, June 1999)’

Introduced in 1999 as a replacement for the F355, the 360 was an entirely new design featuring an aluminium spaceframe chassis which was 40% stiffer and 28% lighter than the tubular steel arrangement of its predecessor. The revised bodywork resulted in downforce improving by a factor of four over the F355. Powered by a 3.6-litre V8 coupled to either a six-speed manual or F1 electrohydraulic manual transmission, the 360's lighter weight improved the 0-60 mph dash to just 4.2 seconds with a nominal top speed of over 180mph. In 2001, the spider version was introduced, the stiffness of the spaceframe being ideally suited to handle an open top. This was followed in 2003 by the ultimate incarnation - the 360 racing series inspired Challenge Stradale - featuring a number of weight saving and tuning modifications by the factory.

First registered in July 2001, this manual ‘Spider’ was acquired by the vendor from his father-in-law earlier this year; a prolific figure in the classic car world and no stranger to the Ferrari marque. With significant documented service history, ‘Y957CDS’ is offered with the original Ferrari Certificate of Conformity and numerous receipts and bills for maintenance. Details show that the front suspension was overhauled in 2013 and that the cambelts and tensioners were most recently changed at 32,346 miles. There is a near continuous MOT history with thirteen old certificates within the documents file.

The paint presents in very good condition with no significant blemishes or scuffs reported by the vendor - the wings are also embellished with the optional ‘Scuderia Ferrari’ shields. Weather protection is provided in the form of a black fabric convertible hood, which is in great shape, with no rips or tears, and the mechanism worked perfectly during our recent photography session. It rides on a set of factory-option OZ ‘Challenge Stradale’ alloy wheels, which were fitted recently and present in superb order with no damage or marks.

The interior is finished in dark blue leather with contrasting stitching. The condition of the cabin reflects the low mileage, with minimal wear. There is slight rubbing to the steering wheel, but otherwise the buttons and controls all present very well and work as they should. The original Ferrari-branded stereo head unit has been replaced with a far more user-friendly contemporary Pioneer system.

The most recent service work was carried out in July of this year at 35,700 miles and included air, oil and pollen filters, spark plugs and an oil change (using the recommended Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40). Accompanying the car is the original book pack, including the H.R. Owen stamped ‘Servizi Ferrari Direct Line’ booklet, and even the Ferrari Maglite torch. The leather-bound tool kit is also present and the vendor notes that numerous invoices detailing servicing and maintenance prior to his ownership are included in the comprehensive history file.

This Ferrari 360 Spider is a thrilling open-top supercar, which benefits from a timeless factory specification. Even more aurally exciting than the Modena coupe thanks to being able to drop the roof to listen to the glorious V8 behind you; this is a well-maintained car that presents in superb condition throughout. It is now ready to be cherished and enjoyed on the road by a new owner, and would make a fine addition to any collection of Maranello’s finest.

For more information, please contact:
Adam Sykes


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