After many, many years of wanting one but not quite having the courage to pull the trigger, I bought a '98 Berlinetta F1 a few weeks ago. It's the color I wanted, it was local, it's incredibly clean, it just had $12K in servicing done by a top independent shop including coolant hoses, engine/trans mounts, a major, and more. And the price was right. Always been a SoCal/Arizona car. 37K miles although it looks like it could have half that. The paint and interior are nearly perfect and the PO replaced the sticky parts with about $4K in carbon from MA Carbon. I'm not a CF bling guy but it actually looks pretty unobtrusive. Almost all the mileage was accumulated by the first owner in the first four years of the car's life, and since the early 2000's it's only had a couple thousand miles added. I went and saw it the day after it was posted on the Dupont Registry and bought it a couple days after that. The only part of the spec I don't like is the F1, although I must say it isn't bad at all. I had a PDK 991S for a couple of years, and obviously this is comparing dial-up to DSL. I just don't like paddle shifting no matter how good it is so I am going to be converting this car to manual. It's pretty simple and I will document it in detail on the forum since nobody has posted a DIY yet on how to do this. I've owned and restored air-cooled 911's for many years (I DD a 993 and have an early targa) so the 355 is a fun new venture. My first goal is to make my car reliable. First project is dealing with heat -- I'm fabricating Gothspeed-style CV boot shields, AC and alternator shields, engine/trans mount shields, and wrapping the collectors and cats in 1/2" thick heat blankets. My car currently has stock manifolds + cats and a Fabspeed muffler. I'd like to switch to sport cats and stock muffler (anyone know how this sounds?). I actually really like the stock exhaust note -- to me it has more character and texture than the super-loud mufflers. Anyone done front axle lift? I saw one kit that looks quite good for $2K. I've barely driven my car yet but can already tell that the nose scraping is a huge problem, at least for me. The only work I've done on it so far has been removing what must have been a $5-$8K stereo system installed when this car was new or nearly new. Most of the trunk was taken up with giant bass speaker enclosure, all custom built at a really high level. Even had a minidisc player! Feel bad destroying someone's work, but so far I've taken about 60 pounds of crap out of the car and I've been a reader/lurker here for a number of years, since the 355 has always been slightly an obsession, and have read extensively on DIY threads and the like. Appreciate what a great and knowledgeable gang this is and hope to give back in the coming months as I start working on the car. And gotta give a shout-out and thanks to our moderator Robb, who I peppered with PM's on several occasions over the last couple of years as I searched for the right car. Thank you Robb.