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post #1 of 42 Old 07-10-2013, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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F355 - future collector car?

I am considering the purchase of an F355 as a third/tertiary car to my small stable - for nothing other than I have always loved the design of the F355 and next to a 430 and my 458, one of the best sounding factory equipped exhaust F-cars and one of the last 6-speed manual equipped Ferrari models. My question for you current owners are, how do you feel about your cars as potential appreciating assets.

I am debating to purchase one and try to keep the miles as low as possible to see if one day it would become the next 246 Dino...(20 years ago, could be had in concours condition for $42,000 and now the same car is worth above $200k).

My biggest fear is buying in at $55-65k and then 5-10 years from now, be lucky to get $25-30k for them because of the stigmas attached to maintaining them.

Open to your thoughts.
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Bella458. Welcome to FL.

As pretty as 355 is along with all the great things, I would have to say the latter outcome, IMHO.

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Without a doubt----collectible---hands down

That's why it will be a collector's ferrari--the f355 is the most beautiful
ferrari body style----------ever

krome

friends that own---458--still admire---the--f355 berlinetta--
buy & hold the standard shift.......

What can i say
dino is not a beauty by any means----&---you already know ---that
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Bella458. Welcome to FL.

As pretty as 355 is along with all the great things, I would have to say the latter outcome, IMHO.

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I have to agree with you Jimmy. I adore 355s, but they are a terrifying machine if guides and manifolds haven't been attended to, and completed to a high standard.
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I won't be selling mine anytime soon. Buy, hold and love the F355. You will be rewarded every day - now and in the future.

Prices bottomed in 09-10. You can't even buy a wrecked F355 for $25-30K.

Who knows if they'll ever mimic the Dino appreciation curve but values will go up, no doubt about it. Same thing is already happening with the 993 (last air cooled 911) - especially the Turbo. Same era as the F355. Last of the truly pretty Ferraris without the electronic nannies and flappy paddle gearboxes (mostly) and a pure F1 shriek.

BTW, restoring a Dino certainly isn't cheap. Heck, a full set of tools will set you back $10k. Makes replacing headers on the F355 look cheap.
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C'mon guys, Ferraris are supposed to be superb driving cars-- Which the 355 isn't. Try it on a slightly slippery road at speed. The front end loses contact.

I tried a few when I thought I needed a modern V8 F-car. No way! The first 360 and 430 decided me. No 355-- go for a perfect 360 minimum. 430s are a bit much for a retiree.

355s have too much going against it to be an appreciation winner.
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Some of the posts are personal, which I can understand. Not that I am in counter to the statements. But to answer the OP's main point, I would still place my point to the latter.

Instead of pondering market swings, it its best to buy and hold because you are "sold" on the values (not $) of 355. The joy of owning a car that you adore.

I bought my Dino back in 2004 because I was interested and I had the attraction, which is still there.

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100% with Jimmy!!!
Do not do it for the money! Predicting the Ferrari market 20 years ahead is a crazy expeculation!
Do it for the joy and not for the money!

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Fuel tank up front of f355---for slippery roads

That's why i placed a fuel tank up front---250 pounds--improves the ride &
handling on the slippery roads--of the f355----best thing i ever did was to
have a custom built fuel tank made---plus--no more engine out---cheap
to keep now----timing belts on my f355 --is now 100 dollars installed

i can get to my engine on f355 anytime & anyplace
this is surely a beautiful girl---that will put out daily !
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Krome, congrats ! I applaud your courage and skills to accomplish the task. Sure do see the merits. There have been concerns, but afterall it is your car and you made your decision. Glad you are happy with the result. Enjoy in safety.

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Fully agree that the motivation to buy a 355 should be for the live of it.

I do think the 355 will go the Dino route of iconic status in the long run, after a period of being relatively unloved (much like the Dino). The 355 is beautiful and raised the game dramatically when it came out in 1994. I will have mine in Berlinetta configuration, Fiorano handling pack, Nero with burgundy interior please.

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C'mon guys, Ferraris are supposed to be superb driving cars-- Which the 355 isn't. Try it on a slightly slippery road at speed. The front end loses contact.

I tried a few when I thought I needed a modern V8 F-car. No way! The first 360 and 430 decided me. No 355-- go for a perfect 360 minimum. 430s are a bit much for a retiree.

355s have too much going against it to be an appreciation winner.
Jeremy Clarkson disagrees but hey, to each his own.

Classic Clarkson: Jezza Buys a Ferrari

Excerpt: So what did he have to say about one of the finest sportscars Ferrari had ever made some fifteen years later? "Itís still the best car Iíve ever driven."
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Get off on her

Take a good look @ her---she is still putting out
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Take a good look @ her---she is still putting out
That a$$ just doesn't quit. Here's one of my girl's booty.
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Here's my contribution of my very first F car a decade or so ago. Did not take many pics then and this is one of only a few. Was a manual.

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Let's see some more of your girl nice---ass

All beautiful girls--with---wide hipps
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As I can see, browsing the adds - the 360 and the 355 are almost on equal prices now. So I don't really think people are underrating it.

It will be a collectors car for just one simple reason - almost everybody agrees it is one of the beautiful Ferraris ever made. And that makes that car an important milestone in the brand's history.
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Is it even possible to find an F355 that:
a)Doesn't need $20K+ worth of work
b) Hasn't been butchered
c) See a and b above

And no argument; it's a great looking car...

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Is it even possible to find an F355 that:
a)Doesn't need $20K+ worth of work
b) Hasn't been butchered
c) See a and b above

And no argument; it's a great looking car...
In a Ferrari 355 buyers guide, at the very top of the list it needs to be mentioned that valve guides and manifolds absolutely MUST be done if they haven't already. Or at least a clear warning label advising that such will need to be done, and soon if driven. I believe this is why 328s are becoming so valuable, they are just easy bulletproof fun cars with almost zero chance of a $20k bill.
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Is it even possible to find an F355 that:
a)Doesn't need $20K+ worth of work
b) Hasn't been butchered
c) See a and b above

And no argument; it's a great looking car...
Very easily!
http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/pr...55-spider.html
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