2000 Ferrari 360 Spider F1
Seller Asking: €119,900
The 360 Modena was a huge step forward for Ferrari in terms of refinement and usability and set the brand up to become the powerhouse it is today. Debuting in 1999, the 360 was the first all-new mid-engine regular production car from the brand in over 10 years and was the first to feature an all-aluminum chassis. Through a partnership with Alcoa, an aluminum space frame was developed that was 40% stiffer than the outgoing F355’s steel monocoque, while also being nearly 30% lighter. The engine was an iteration of the mainstay Dino V8 but the displacement was increased to 3.6 liters and lightened internals were utilized to achieve an output of 395 horsepower at 8,500rpm. Thanks to a removable panel behind the front seats, changing the cam belts no longer required the engine to come out of the car, meaning servicing was far less costly and time-consuming. The 360 Spider was unveiled the following year at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show- thanks to the rigidity of the new aluminum chassis, minimal reinforcements were needed to maintain stiffness when the top was removed. Sales of the Spider quickly eclipsed those of the Modena coupe and the 360 Spider became one of the best-selling cars in Ferrari history up to that point.
Sold new in September 2000 at Forza S.p.A in Torino, Italy, this 360 Spider currently shows just 26,705 km and has been well cared for from new with few signs of wear exhibited around the vehicle. Finished in stunning Giallo Modena, the car has a presence that is rivaled by few other sports cars and it is a color that truly highlights the design. Although many 360s have been modified with the rear “Challenge” mesh grille, this car retains its original body color unit which really completes the design and makes the car look exceptionally refined. The 5-spoke “starfish” style wheels present in excellent condition all the way around the car and are wrapped in OEM specification Pirelli P-Zero Asimmetrico tires.
The interior of the car is outfitted in black leather and appears to be in quite nice condition. The dashboard does not show signs of the leather pulling as so commonly happens in these cars and the soft touch plastic is not sticky. One of the things that makes the 360 such a nice car to interact with is the simplicity of the interior. Built prior to the era of large LCD screens and haptic feedback buttons, the 360 offers tactile sensations through the use of rocker switches, basic HVAC dials, and a straightforward gauge cluster with a large tachometer directly in front of the driver.
The mid-mounted 3.6-liter flat plane crank V8 appears to be in excellent shape as well- clearly properly taken care of, the paint on the airboxes and crackle-coated intake plenum all look as if they just came out of the showroom last week. Within the set of books and manuals included with the car, service stamps are present from both the selling dealer as well as Francorchamps Motors Luxembourg with the most recent servicing less than 3,000 km ago. An F1 6-speed paddle shift gearbox is connected to the engine and offers quick and consistent shifting while allowing the driver to keep both hands on the wheel at all times. Built by Graziano, this gearbox is capable of shifting gears in a mere 250 milliseconds and, thanks to years of development, is far smoother and more reliable than those found in the previous F355.
The Ferrari 360 is a design that is aging beautifully and the rawer, unfiltered driving experience and lack of turbocharging means that it falls squarely into the “future classic” box. This car is a fantastic example in a great color combination that is sure to put a smile on the face of any driver.