355 What was the major factor to buy a 355?

Discussion in '348/355' started by johnk..., Jul 26, 2019.


What influenced you purchase of a 355?

  1. Styling

    39 vote(s)
  2. Perfromance

    9 vote(s)
  3. Sound

    29 vote(s)
  4. Other, explain

    7 vote(s)
  5. Would have bought it even if it wasn't a Ferrari.

    6 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. johnk...

    johnk... F1 Veteran

    Jun 11, 2004
    New England/FL
    So, I thought I'd ask why people bought their 355. You can select any or all the reasons listed in the poll. For me it was styling. What about you?
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  3. SoCal1

    SoCal1 F1 Veteran
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    Tim Dee
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  4. Ferrarium

    Ferrarium F1 Rookie
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    Totally, who does not like a yellow convertible, WHO!
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    WATSON F1 World Champ
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    Slim Shady

    It looked cool and didn't run.

    I am a sucker for projects.
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  6. 308 GTB

    308 GTB F1 World Champ
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    I voted "Other, explain"

    I wanted an F355 Challenge for the track.
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  8. eyeman1234

    eyeman1234 Formula 3
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  9. 97 Spider

    97 Spider Formula 3
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    Other, couldn’t afford a Diablo.
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  10. kenneyd

    kenneyd Formula 3
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    I grew up next to Stephen Earle, he of course raced them and owned quite a few. Every time I'd hear it, i would run to the window to see it. It's been well over 20years since then, but when I visit my parents, I still do this lol.
    It was my favorite car on 'need for speed', favorite 1/18th scale model I built, I guess I just really liked them from youth. Im no "baller" so this was my favorite obtainable exotic.
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  12. RudyP

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    Three reasons. 1. It was different enough from my other sports cars to earn a place in the garage. 2. I have a sweet spot for mid 90s cars from when I was a kid and there are a half dozen cars from that era that I'd love to own - so far I have a 993 and the F355. 3. IMO, they are one the two best looking ferraris.
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  13. PhilB

    PhilB Formula 3
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    After 20 years in a 308, arriving everywhere I went hot, bothered, uncomfortable and behind everyone else, I wanted a Ferrari that had better performance and creature comforts, was still a little "old school" and didn't look like an M&M candy or every other car. It came down to the TR or the 355, and I wanted a Spider.

    PS: No disrespect to the 308, they are a car of their time, it just got "old" for me.
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  14. Robb

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    Feb 28, 2004
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    Had a 328...

    Sold it to get a more modern comfortable car that my wife could also enjoy.

    Came down to F355, 360, or 550

    Thought the F355 was the best looking car out there. had greater performance and much more creature comforts than. 328. The Air conditioning actually cooled the cabin quite a bit. And had the most amazing sound...

    So I focused only on the F355. Ever really looked back. Would I get the others? You bet.

    But nothing really replaces the 355 love affair.

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  15. Garvin

    Garvin Rookie

    Jul 15, 2012
    In February 1996 I saw an F355 ‘in the flesh’ for the first time and was smitten - love at first sight. It was, and has been, the only car that has ever produced that feeling (although the Miura came close some 30 years earlier). I thought back then that when the time was right it would be the car for me. When the time was right I bought one, the fact that it was registered in February 1996 is just one of those ‘spooky’ coincidences.
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  16. tres55

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    Sep 18, 2012
    Multiple reasons.

    F1 scream.

    Pop up headlight era styling.

    Growing up playing the 355 Challenge arcade game.
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  17. MAD828

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    The sound and the styling also the films it was featured in: namely Goldeneye and The Rock. I just had to have one.
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  18. fboutlaw

    fboutlaw Karting

    Dec 3, 2014
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    Had an F430. Struggled with exhaust drone on highway driving, severe understeer on track that the stability control was always active in trying to fix, and when parked a lot of attention from dudes.

    F355 seems to hit the sweet spot with no highway drone and when on it; a better note, significantly better native handling with very limited electronics, and since it's not red, significantly less attention. A much more me friendly car.
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  19. AceMaster

    AceMaster Three Time F1 World Champ

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    I bought a 348, but If I bought a 355 instead my answer would be because if the styling. Cannot argue with that.
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  20. johnk...

    johnk... F1 Veteran

    Jun 11, 2004
    New England/FL
    I figure since I started the thread I would expand on my choice. I was already 10 years a Ferrari owner. When the 348 came out I was unimpressed with "the little Testarossa". When the 355 hit the market I received a factory brochure in the mail from my dealer and the stage was set. It took 15 years before I started looking for the right car due to other obligations but in 2013 the deal was done after looking at 4 other Swaters Blu cars in FL, OH, NY, and NY along with a host of other colored 355s. All 4 of those cars had their problems. I recall one was purchased by a FCatter who later found the car had scored cylinders. (Thread called "Living the nightmare".) I had considered that car, but being January I procrastinated thinking no one would be buying a 355 in New England in the middle of winter, but the car was bought out from under me. So I missed that bullet. I ended up frustrated by 2012 after have a deal on a beautiful, low mileage, Rosso Fiorano, F1 car fall through due to the PPI. I was offered the car for $55k after the PPI, but it was June and I wanted a car I could drive immediately and this car needed about $12k worth or work due to it sitting for 6 years (major, tires, leaking rear shocks, and other items).

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    So I bought a Porsche Boxster and gave up on the 355. 4 months later while browsing Ebay I can across a Swaters Blu 355 in CA. Waited until the auction was over, then contacted the dealer. Car came with a fresh major. After a zillion emails I said, WTF, and bought it sight unseen. Memorial day 2013 it arrived at my door. No regrets.

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  21. TrojanFan

    TrojanFan F1 Rookie
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    Wanted a Ferrari. Thought about a 308, then considered a 328. Sprung for a 355.
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  22. chrisj951

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    Over the past 15 years I’ve had 3 944 Turbos, one with about 500 hp and an 08 M3. I’ve wanted a 355 since they first came out, but weren’t in the budget until a few years ago. I loved the styling, the interior and that glorious sound. In my opinion, there isn’t a better looking semi-modern car. The rear end is amazing. I finally bought mine a year ago and have enjoyed it so much.

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  23. F129b

    F129b Formula Junior

    Feb 6, 2004
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    In 2000, I had about $100k to spend on my first exotic. The 348 spider was within reach, but I wanted a 355. 355s were $110k+ tax & license in USA.
    In 2000, the Lire was at all-time low against the dollar & that put a euro 355GTS within reach. So I got the best car imaginable (‘98 Red/Blk manual GTS) for the high end of my budget.

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  24. mclaudio

    mclaudio Formula 3

    Dec 13, 2003
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    Specifically looked for a 95 Challenge car - IMHO a modern interpretation of dual-use street/race 50s/60s Ferraris. I also think it’s among the best styling and sound of the 90s (my favorite car era other than 60s).

    Driving experience sealed long term ownership. So far, reasonable running costs for the enjoyment I get.
  25. michaelz

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    Jul 7, 2017
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    Sound & Styling, in that order. TBH because of that sound, would have bought it even if it wasn't a Ferrari.

    Capristo exhaust was also a must have mod to truly complete the F355 ownership experience. To me this is the most beautiful sounding car in the world and I get excited like a school boy just thinking about it.
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  26. Wsmatau

    Wsmatau Rookie

    Sep 21, 2016
    Styling; but to be perfectly honest it's because I can't afford a Daytona spyder.
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  27. emac

    emac Formula Junior
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    Because the Fchat 355 forum can help you fix any problem you might have! Actually, when I was looking to buy my 355, I read everything online about the major service expense. Then I found Fchat and read a few DIY majors and realized I can do that. Game over, wrote the check.

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