Hustle a bit and get a traders policy, I drive my 348, 911sc, Triumph GT6, and my missus is named and drives her Citroen Picasso on it - all for £1500.
Sure, Ferrari passion is good. I'd love to buy one after I graduate from college. I will make enough money to buy one, but that doesn't mean I'll be a dumb consumer. What I mean is, if the a car costs as much as a middle-class American home, "reliability" should be a standard.
The shape of the car alone was enough to make me stop a long a long time to admire it... I drive a Porsche boxster which is a great car really, but there is nothing like a F355 to make heads turn!...at least mine did.
I am looking to purchase a f355. Can anyone tell me what to look for as far as body problems etc.
I'm a young person that has what most people would consider an "unhealthy" obsession for cars. To me a Ferrari is a symbol of greatness and it is my dream to own one, they turn heads like no other.. mine included!...i have been know to go into a near trance like state when a Ferrari goes past... my brothers friend has a yellow 355 and its amazing... i see someone here is 21 with a 348!, if anyone has a good job suggestion that might enable me to buy a Ferrari...i'd be most grateful!
I've had my 355GTS for 3 years now. Silver with red. Looks like a spaceship. I almost sold it recently, as it hardly ever gets driven and my wife nagged me to sell it. In the end I couldn't get myself to part with it. Every time I open the garage door when I arrive home and I see it there it sends chills down my spine. Just the anticipation of waiting for the perfect day to take it for a fast run through the hills makes owning it worthwhile. At speed on an winding road it's awesome, especially with the top off. We recently went to Tasmania, where the roads are empty and sensational. 240kmh straights and 190kmh corners. What more can you want. But it is expensive to maintain. However as Randolph Hearst once said, "if you have to ask how much it costs to run, you can't afford it". Oh and one other thing. Owning a Ferrari allows you the pleasure of a guided tour through the factory when you are in Italy. That in itself is worth the ownership. Sure I'd love a 360. More usable every day, but the 355 is superb. Top Gear mag rated it their number one car of all time several years ago (the 360 was at no 6), so it has a certain something about it. And every one should own a Ferrari at least once in their lives. Who said that?
When I was 12 years old, I saw my first real life Ferrari. It was a Black 328. Pure and simply, it was gorgeous. Totally hooked, I spent the next 25 years just dreaming. Last year the dream came true. I bought a 355 GTS with some money my late father left me. Every time I even sit in the car, I am humbled. I feel alive when I drive her (I call her Rosie). I am grateful for being given the chance of ownership, but it came at a personal price that makes it all the more valuable to me. I will never part with her. The money I spend on her is insignificant compared to the pleasure she brings. Yes, heads turn. People point, but if they want a closer look, I'm happy to indulge anyone who has the time. If I could give any of you one small piece of advice, it is this. - Do it, we live once!
I don`t know about " it`s the nuts" - but you`ve convinced that you`re nuts! Amen.
The person above who mentioned he was 21 & owned I think a 348, being able to insure it for £1600? Unless he missed a zero. I live in a medium crime rate zone, fully modified Civic 1.6 (180bhp) Its cost me £1500 a year in insurance & I am 20 (turning 21 next month) with 2 years NCB, Advance driving & Max Driver certified. I love the 355 & you have to admire it over the 360... I am looking to buy a Nissan Skyline & when I turn 26 a 355! (insure will be affordable then!)
I'm only 19 and have had the pleasure of driving my dad's 355 gts. Of course it's not the easiest car to drive, but it a FERRARI! Any body who comes on here complaining about the build quality not being as good as BMW, Porsche, etc... has to remember one thing, what sounds better, I own a BMW or I own a FERRARI! I think it's fair to say I would sell my soul for one of these babies.
Well, it is still dreaming for me, but to buy such a great car just so you can say "I own a Ferrari"?! Man... something isn't right here.
...and the waiting continues...
I really enjoyed reading what everyone is saying about the 355. I'm 23 and am fanatical about the 355, obviously it is my ambition in life to one day walk into a Ferrari dealer and and choose my beast, but for now, listening to so many of you who are lucky enough to own one sharing your stories is enough to send a shiver down my spine. Thanks for taking the time to share your moments.
As so many others above had said - the 355 is simply the best car ever made. I drove one round Silverstone last year for a quick 3 laps and was one of the best experiences of my life (i hope my wife doesn't read this). None of the 20 or so people before me seem to have been able to put their finger on what it is about the 355 that makes it so incredible. You very rarely hear people talk about other sports cars in this way, but I regularly meet people who can talk about Ferrari's in this way for hours -that's why the build quality is rubbish, because they have a certain something that will make people queue up to buy them anyway! - and the 355 is the pick of the bunch. If money were no object, i'd still have a '98 355 over a '05 430. Well actually, if money was no object id have both... plus a SuperAmerica, an Enzo, a 1960GTS... as well as a collection of 355's in red, green, black, yellow, blue, soft top, hard top...
Market demand in both the US and England has created a unique opportunity for Ferrari fans without Ferrari money.
While not cheap, there are now clubs springing up everywhere in which you pay a set yearly fee plus a monthly fee (varies depending on club). Anyway, for that money you get your pick of exotics and don't have to pay for anything but gas (again, varies from club to club). You get the car for a weekend or a week and can do so multiple times throughout the year. Plus, the car you get will always be prepped to be at peak operating condition.
Given most Ferrari owners won't put more than 5,000 miles a year on their cars (yes, I know some people commute with them as I've worked with such people, but we are talking MOST owners), this makes more financial sense.