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My advice is to go manual on both 355 and 360.
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Totally agree with Capo!
When looking at 355's, check the space (sill?) where the roof and rear fenders join. It's a common place for rust on the 355

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Totally agree with Capo!
When looking at 355's, check the space (sill?) where the roof and rear fenders join. It's a common place for rust on the 355
So a few dilemma's, I found a few that worth looking at on Ebay.

One is a 58,000 mile 355 with a reported accident history, supposedly transport damage but not sure I believe the story, with upgrades (headers for instance). The other is a 360 Modena with a HIDEOUS green interior but is within my budget and only 19k miles, I could learn to live with the interior if it's really that much more car. Any one have any info on VIN ZFFPR48A7S0103249 (1995 355 Spider) or ZFFYU51A110123613 (2001 360 Modena F1)?
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So a few dilemma's, I found a few that worth looking at on Ebay.

One is a 58,000 mile 355 with a reported accident history, supposedly transport damage but not sure I believe the story, with upgrades (headers for instance). The other is a 360 Modena with a HIDEOUS green interior but is within my budget and only 19k miles, I could learn to live with the interior if it's really that much more car. Any one have any info on VIN ZFFPR48A7S0103249 (1995 355 Spider) or ZFFYU51A110123613 (2001 360 Modena F1)?
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Have you links to the e-bay adverts?
Ferrari : 360 Ferrari : 360 | eBay

Ferrari : 355 Ferrari : 355 | eBay
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Don't forget you're in the sweetest process a Ferrarista can be involved in. Take your time and enjoy every moment dearly. Compare by media, compare and inspect on sight and then test, test, test!

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I was thinking, "Oh come on, how bad could it be - I've seen some lovely green interiors" and then I looked at the pics. Holy Kermit the Frog that's bad. On the plus side - that is only the 2nd 360 I've seen with a sunroof though.

The F355 Spider looks nice. Someone else around here was asking about it not more than a 1-2 weeks ago. Might want to do some thread-diving to dig it up.
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I was thinking, "Oh come on, how bad could it be - I've seen some lovely green interiors" and then I looked at the pics. Holy Kermit the Frog that's bad. On the plus side - that is only the 2nd 360 I've seen with a sunroof though.

Yes, exactly, the car looks sexy as hell, right up to the point where you look underneath the skin, and then you realize... while beauty may only be skin deep, ugly goes all the way to the bone.
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Sunroofs on 360s are rare. Maybe it's my obsession with money, but I like the gaudy '80s interior in the Modena; I think it looks good. Tint the windows and it would be an interesting surprise for people riding with you for the first time.

I'm at work right now, but when I get home, I'll check my database to see what I have on these two cars.

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Send a shamelessly low bid, get the car and drive it with yellow tinted sun glasses or sand paper the leather surface with fine grain paper and dye it black. Sun roof is a great plus!

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Well Mark, resale of that 360 will be tough.
If you get it, you best drive it (and enjoy it) until it's all used up.

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Wow, tough and good advice just not hitting your nail on the head. From what I'm hearing the standard 355 would be ok based on your knowledge, background, and pocket book. Althought you would like doing the in situ rather than jerking the engine it would be possible as too much a bother, wait for the 360.

355 was my first choice for looks, but with the newer ones out....choices abound

tough

I say go for the 355 in terms of initial outlay.

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Great point Capo, dying the interior probably won't hurt the future value or resale potential.

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Send a shamelessly low bid, get the car and drive it with yellow tinted sun glasses or sand paper the leather surface with fine grain paper and dye it black. Sun roof is a great plus!

Someone beat me too it, they placed a bid for $50k on it. I'll watch it, but I can't bring myself to pay more than $50k for it with the interior it has. As far as the other, I put a low but fair bid in, one that would make me happy even if I had to sort some damage out.

Reported frame damage and a potentially rough life have me treading cautiously with the 1995 355, especially given it's 58,000 miles. We'll see what happens. My offer was contingent on no frame damage and a pre-purchase inspection to verify the reported condition.

Otherwise, I would walk away.
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Someone beat me too it, they placed a bid for $50k on it. I'll watch it, but I can't bring myself to pay more than $50k for it with the interior it has. As far as the other, I put a low but fair bid in, one that would make me happy even if I had to sort some damage out.

Reported frame damage and a potentially rough life have me treading cautiously with the 1995 355, especially given it's 58,000 miles. We'll see what happens. My offer was contingent on no frame damage and a pre-purchase inspection to verify the reported condition.

Otherwise, I would walk away.
With frame damage walk, and don't look back. The market is huge. With regards to bids, it only has to be fair to you! It's a buyers' market now, rid the shame and put them under pressure!

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With frame damage walk, and don't look back. The market is huge. With regards to bids, it only has to be fair to you! It's a buyers' market now, rid the shame and put them under pressure!

Well that's just it, the records claim "frame damage", they state it was a damaged and cracked skid plate. Who knows what the real truth is... only a PPI will tell for sure whether the frame is aligned correctly... anything less than the 100% truth, ya, I walk. A cracked skid plate, while worrisome is not enough to scare me off... a bent frame... that's enough to go running.
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Also, just a heads-up, I've seen it reported that the life expectancy of the F355 spider top is about 100 cycles before it needs an overhaul.
Apologies for deviating from OP's question, but what is the expected cycle for a 360 spider top? Tks.
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Apologies for deviating from OP's question, but what is the expected cycle for a 360 spider top? Tks.
I have a 2001, probably put the top up and down over 100 times last year alone, it keeps going, and going, and .................................................. ..
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Well that's just it, the records claim "frame damage", they state it was a damaged and cracked skid plate. Who knows what the real truth is... only a PPI will tell for sure whether the frame is aligned correctly... anything less than the 100% truth, ya, I walk. A cracked skid plate, while worrisome is not enough to scare me off... a bent frame... that's enough to go running.
Mark, slow the heck down. You are looking for your first Ferrari and considering based on price, not on color, options, service records, exterior condition, solid PPI. Heed my advice, wait a bit, and get something you will be happy with for a long time.
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This car i have seen in person and there is definitely something wrong with it. It smells really bad, like something died in it or something. I doubt the smell will go away as they have tried a few times. Hence the reason is so cheap and still no buyers.. and the green interior!!!
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