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Mazda MX-5 (NC): PH Buying Guide

Calum and Iain Duffy: PH Meets

Audi TT to the Isle of Mull

Retro 911 meets retro wannabe 991

PH in Dubai - Ferrari vs McLaren

PH in Dubai - Dune bashing

California by Range Rover

PH in Dubai - The track day

SEMA 2014

Ariel's Simon Saunders: PH Meets

Raeder Motorsport: PH Meets

Range Rover Sport: PH Buying Guide

BMW E30 track project

Mercedes C-Class AMG: Market Watch

Audi R8: PH Buying Guide

Ban the backdating! Tell Me I'm Wrong

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S vs Porsche 911 Turbo S

Clio Renaultsport 197/200: PH Buying Guide

VW Golf GTI: Market Watch

KTM's Gerald Kiska: PH2 Meets

RIP the hot hatch: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Mercedes-AMG GT: Preview

David Brown Speedback GT: Review

Honda S2000: PH Buying Guide

Akrapovic: PH2 Meets

Megane 275 Trophy vs Leon Cupra 280

Mazda RX-7: PH Heroes

Bentley Continental GT Speed... at speed

Animal Boat: PH2 meets

Audi RS5 TDI: Driven

BMW Driftmob behind the scenes

Aston Martin Vanquish MY15: Review

Headrestmount: Review

Radical at 'ring

Jaguar F-Type Coupe - believe the hype?

VW Scirocco R: Review

Honda Gold Wing F6B: Review

BMW i8: Review

Rolls-Royce Wraith: Review

Italian coachbuilding is dead: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Moss talks Maseratis, cakes and crumpet

Jerry Hardcastle: PH Meets

Porsche 911 (996): PH Buying Guide

Porsche Macan: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Ford Fiesta Black Edition: Driven (briefly)

Audi S4 vs BMW M3 vs C43 AMG: Foes Reunited

Nissan 370Z vs Infiniti Q60: Blood Brothers

Ford Focus RS Mk2: PH Buying Guide

Forget the facelift: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Delta Integrale vs Quattro: Foes Reunited

KTM RC390: PH2

BMW M3: Market Watch

Mini Cooper S (R53): PH Buying Guide

Mitsubishi Evo: Market Watch

Spa weekend, PH style

Yamaha XVS1300 Custom: Review

Mini All4 Racing: Driven

Impreza STI vs Evo V: Foes Reunited

VW Polo GTI vs SEAT Ibiza Cupra: Blood Brothers

Inside Nick Mason's car collection

Maserati Quattroporte: PH Buying Guide

Tuning is a waste of money: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Civic Type R vs Clio 172: Foes Reunited

Freaks and weirdos: Geneva 2014

Ritmo Sereno: PH2 Meets

SEAT Leon Cupra: PH Buying Guide

The road to Geneva

Lamborghini Huracan - full story

Front-wheel drive rules! Tell Me I'm Wrong

Hatchback Subarus rule: Tell Me I'm Wrong

F430 vs Gallardo: Foes Reunited

BMW M3 (E9x): PH Buying Guide

Touring Car Legends: PH Meets

Drew Bowler: PH Meets

Ice driving with AMG

Monte Carlo Rally: behind the scenes

Walter Rohrl: PH Meets

Bentley Arnage T: PH Buying Guide

Porsche 917/30: Driven

Lamborghini Gallardo vs Audi R8 V10: Blood Bros

Smart Roadster: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Radical RXC: Driven

Porsche 918 Spyder: Review

F1 2014: double the fun?

Hot bikes for 2014: PH2

Ford Mustang timeline

Singer Vehicle Design: PH Meets

Caterham Seven (K-Series): PH Buying Guide

Porsches in California

Nissan Heritage Centre visit

R2R 2014 Dakar Rally Wildcat: Driven

Nissan GT-R MY14 and NISMO: Driven

Corvette C7 Stingray: Driven

Fast should mean scary: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Subaru Impreza: Market Watch

Audi RS4 (B7): PH Buying Guide

PH goes drag racing...

Vettel: Tell Me I'm Wrong

40 years of the WRC

Drayson EV record car: Driven

A45 AMG vs C36 AMG

Dunlop SportSmart2 launch: PH2

Renaultsport Megane 2: PH Buying Guide

New BMW M3 and M4 - full story

Nissan Juke NISMO vs Clio 200 RS: Blood Brothers

Car set-up basics: part two

Zenos Cars - the full story

Rush: behind the scenes

Herbert Linge: PH Meets

Vauxhall Monaro: PH Buying Guide

We won't miss manual Ms: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Cosworth: PH Meets

Inside Fort Dunlop

Car set-up basics: part one

Aston Martin V8 Vantage: PH Buying Guide

Dunlop's track day rubber: PH2

Toyota GT86 vs Subaru BRZ: Blood Brothers

30 years of Quattro

BMW World Superstock race bike: Ridden

Vuhl's Guillermo Echeverria: PH Meets

Porsche Cayman: PH Buying Guide

Exhaust fakery: Tell Me I'm Wrong

CSL development team: PH Meets

Mini JCW vs Citroen DS3 Racing: Blood Brothers

Porsche 911 GT3: Market Watch

BMW M3 CSL anniversary tour

TVR Tuscan: PH Buying Guide

TT on four wheels

Ariel Atom vs Radical SR8 vs Caterham SP.300/R

Chris Harris on the Mille Miglia

Lord Drayson: PH Meets

Personalised plates: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Lamborghini at 50: the Grande Giro

Fast vs fun - grip or slip

McLaren P1 - inside story

Ferrari 360: PH Buying Guide

Porsche 911 Turbo timeline

Porsche 911 Turbo: Market Watch

VW Golf R vs Audi S3: Blood Brothers

Range Rover Sport: behind the scenes

Speed aware - one man's story

Alfa Romeo SZ: Tell Me I'm Wrong

Jaguar D-Type: not the usual ride-along

Mazda RX-8: PH buying guide

Porsche Cayman S on the Targa Florio

Jean-Pascal Dauce: PH Meets

Lambo in a spot of bother? Tell Me I'm Wrong

Jaguar revisits Jabbeke

(Not) Driven: BMW i8

PH Buying Guide: Jaguar XK8/XKR (X100)

PH Meets: Tadao Baba

Bentley Boys hit Vegas

Driven: Mini John Cooper Works GP

Driven: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic

Blood Brothers: Mercedes E55 AMG vs Chrysler 300C

Tell Me I'm Wrong: Mercedes SLR McLaren

Driven: Audi R8 V10 S Tronic

Driven: Toyota Picnic GT4 (yes, really)

Driven: Mini Coupe John Cooper Works

Driven: Ariel Atom 3.5 supercharged

PH Buying Guide: Range Rover (L322)

Tell Me I'm Wrong: Aston Martin V8 Zagato

Happy 100th Birthday, Aston Martin

The joy of Shed

PH meets: Mike Cross

Driven: Porsche Boxster S

Blood Brothers: Twingo 133 vs Clio 182

Best of British: One Coin, Two Sides

PH buying guide: Porsche 911 Turbo (996)

Tell Me I'm Wrong: BMW Z8

No place like home

Driving the Bond Esprit

PH buying guide: Toyota MR2

Driven: Ford Focus Zetec S Mountune MP200

Tell Me I'm Wrong: Porsche 911 Turbo

GT86: the next step

Driven: Z Cars Cappuccino

Blood Bros: TT TDI vs Scirocco TDI

Meeting 'Mr GT86'

PH buying guide: Ferrari 550 Maranello

Tell Me I'm Wrong: VW Golf R32 (Mk4)

Racing with Caterham: part two

Driven: Lotus Evora 414E

Aston Martin 'not lazy' - official

PH buying guide: Mitsubishi Evo VI

PH2 ridden: Kawasaki W800

What is Infiniti doing in F1?

Tushek Renovatio T500

PH2: Kawasaki Ninja 300

Tell Me I'm Wrong: BMW Z4 M Coupe

PH2 ridden: BMW S1000RR HP4

Driven: Jaguar XJ 3.0 S/C

PH meets Mr Gran Turismo

Bentley Mulsanne on track

Farewell Range Rover

Driven: Mazda MX-5 GT4

PH Buying Guide: Vauxhall VX220

Porsche and the death of steering feel

Jags, Playmates and Pebble Beach

PH2: The Spyder Club

PH meets Mr Autofarm

Subaru BRZ vs Toyota GT86

PH2 ridden: BMW C evolution

Blood Brothers: Corsa VXR vs MiTo

Jaguar XJ220 - the inside story

Toyota GT 86 meets Toyota Sports 800

PH buying guide: Maserati 3200 GT

PH2 ridden: 2012 Kawasaki ZZR1400

Tell Me I'm Wrong: Porsche 911 996 GT3

From Russia with ... legroom

PH does the Alps

PH buying guide: BMW M3 (E46)

Blood Brothers: Vauxhall VX220 vs Lotus Europa S

Five Lambos in one day

An idiot's guide to driving the 'ring

PH meets John McGuinness

Isle of Man TT with Mark Higgins

Lamborghini Reventon brings the noise

Driving the Queen's V8 Land Rover

PH buying guide: Renaultsport Clio 172/182

The £17K Ferrari? I bought it...

Tell me I'm wrong: Peugeot 205 GTI

VW Golf A59: The stillborn European Evo

Blood Brothers: Mini Coupe JCW vs Peugeot RCZ

PH buying guide: Lamborghini Gallardo

Tell me I'm wrong: Aston Martin V12 Vantage

New Hethel, new Lotus

PH2 Ridden: BMW R1200GS Adventure

Driven: Artega GT at the 'ring

Driven: Radical SR3 SL

McLaren: the inside story

PH2 ridden: Ducati Panigale

PH2: Suzuki Hayabusa vs Radical SR3 RS

Blood Brothers: Mazda 3 MPS vs Ford Focus ST

The PH guide to the EU's new tyre labels

PH buying guide: Mercedes SL55 AMG

Tell me I'm wrong: Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

Geneva 2012: the PH round-up

PH buying guide: Honda NSX

PH2: Behind the smoke screen

Tell me I'm wrong: BMW M5

PH2 ridden: 2012 Kawasaki ER-6n

Driven: Porsche 911 Cabriolet (991)

Driven: Bentley Continental Supersports ISR

Land Rover Bigfoot says snow, what snow?

Blood Brothers: Golf GTI vs Leon FR

Driven: Mercedes C250 CDI Coupe

Hidden Nurburgring by Evoque

Subaru TA340C: the hot Scooby lives!

PH Buying Guide: Ford Focus RS

Chris Harris video: Sport Quattro vs. RS200

Driven: bike-engined Fiat 126 Bis

Driven: Porsche Panamera GTS

PH2 ridden: 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R

Ski joring with Bentley

PH2 feature: Inside Triumph

Tell me I'm wrong: Honda Civic Type R (EP3)

Hammersmith Flyover: more than temporary trouble?

PH2 ridden: Suzuki GSX-R750

2012 Nissan GT-R at the 'ring

Driven: Mercedes Unimog

PH drives and rides of 2011

PH buying guide: BMW Z3 M Coupe

PH2 ridden: 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650

PH2 ridden: Yamaha TMAX

PH goes big in Japan: part two

PH goes big in Japan: part one

Feature: Tokyo Motor Show 2011

Driven: Vauxhall Corsa VXR Nurburgring

Feature: Winter tyres - worth the bother?

Driven: Range Rover Evoque SD4 2.2 Dynamic Coupe

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sebastien?

Driven: Artega GT

Rally GB: Retro Style

Jaguar and the future of fast cars

Driven: Ferrari 250 GTO Replica

Day In The Life: The Tyre Tester

PH Meets The 911's 'Director Of Emotions'

PH Buying Guide: Aston Martin DB7

PistonHeads gives you the chance to win a supercar

Power Brokers: Tuning At Frankfurt

Frankfurt: The Greatest Motor Show On Earth?

PH Does Pebble

PH Explores The Louwman Museum

PH Buying Guide: Noble M12

The £10K Porsche 911(996). Why wouldn't you?

Notes On The Nissan R35 GT-R

RS Royalty: The Bonkers Collection

Building A Better Lamborghini

PH2: Moto GP - Going Dutch

200mph(ish) For Under 40K? It's Not Rocket Science

PH Buying Guide: Lotus Elise S1

Jaguar's Triple Sports Car Treat

PH Interviews: The Man From Singer Porsche

The Lotus Five Year Plan - One Year In

Aston Martin: A Challenging Road Ahead?

PH Builds A 505hp Corvette V8...

Scirocco R vs. Scirocco Storm

Estate Of Play: Fast Wagons

Driven: Lotus Carlton

Caterham Sale: The Full Story

Me And My Car: John Watson

Auction Report: BCA 'Super Saturday'

PH Buying Guide: TVR Griffith

An 'M' For All Reasons?

968: The Perfect F/R Porsche?

PH Fleet Update: Merc C63 AMG And Leon Cupra R

Driven: Vauxhall VXR8

PH Interview: Lotus CEO Dany Bahar

McLaren Celebrates 30 Years Of Carbon Fibre

Geneva Show - From The Hot SEAT

Pagani Huayra Ready For Lift-Off

Open Season: Ferrari California

Range Rover Sport To The 'Ring

PH Investigates: Trouble At The 'Ring

PH Fleet: BMW M6 - The Final Chapter

The Auto Show We'd Pay To See

PH Detroit Show Report

Wafting In A Winter Wonderland

Lamborghini Diablo: PH Buying Guide

Showtime For Bikers At The NEC

GT5: Worth The Wait, Or Wot?

Essen Show - The PH Highlights

LA Show Preview: Range Rover Evoque 5-Door

PH Fleet Update: M6 On The Isle Of Man

The Best Garage On PistonHeads

Jaguar XJ LWB At The Nurburgring

Red Victor - A History Of A Very Fast Vauxhall

PH Comparo: BMW M6 vs Nissan GT-R

In Detail: Audi Quattro Concept

PH Buying Guide: Porsche 993

PH Paris Motor Show Round-Up

Driven: Mini Countryman

Driven: Porsche GT3

PH Fleet Update: Nissan 370Z

PH Buying Guide: Ferrari F355

Factory Tour: Behind The Scenes At McLaren

Beechdean Mansell: Le Mans Gallery

Driven: Polaris RZR S

PH Meets Lamborghini Boss

Jaguar XFR Vs. Aston Martin Rapide

PH Fleet: BMW M6 (Competition pack)

SLS AMG And The Carrera Panamerica

To Geneva By Rolls-Royce

PH Fleet update: BMW M3

Taking The Trackday Trophy Challenge

Aston Martin Rapide Revisited

Renaultsport Megane 250 Reader Test

Geneva: 2uettottanta By Pininfarina

Geneva Special: Ferrari's Hybrid Future

Q&A: Stephane Ratel, 2010 FIA GT1 Boss

PH Fleet Update: Jaguar XFR

Defender Of The Faith

Out On Track In A Caterham Seven Academy Car

Interview: Lee Noble / Fenix Automotive

Awakening The Ghosts Of Reims

Video: PH Meets Godzilla At The 'Ring

Racing A Caterham R300

Crazy Concept Corner: Part 1

Part II: GT-R/ Kazutoshi Mizuno Interview

Nissan GT-R: Kazutoshi Mizuno Interview

Driven: MINI E

Three Men In A Car: To Frankfurt By Panamera

Jaguar XFR At The Nurburgring

PH Interview: Westfield Sportscars Boss

PH Fleet: Porsche 944 S2

Lotus Exige Nurburgring Experience

Advertorial - Insignia VXR Gets A BTCC Workout

PH Fleet: Mazda MX-5 Arrives (With Grandad)

Clio Renaultsport 200 (Cup Chassis)

PH Fleet: Evo And Out...

PH Zeroes: Volkswagen Beetle

Le Mans Odyssey Part 3: Audi R8

Driven: Lexus LF-A 5.0 V10 Coupe

PH Fleet: Evo X Takes On A Tank Track

Rolls-Royce Phantom Menace

Le Mans Odyssey Part 2: Morgan 4/4 Sport

Le Mans Odyssey Part 1: Aston Martin DB9

PH interview: Jaguar's Handling Guru

Interview: Caterham Cars MD

PH Le Mans Heroes

Exclusive: Le Mans - The Racer's View

Gone in 60 Seconds

Morgan SuperSports - Inside Story

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Nissan GT-R Ready For Le Mans

Porsche Panamera at the track

MINI John Cooper Works Reader Test

What Credit Crunch?

PH Zeroes: Mitsubishi 3000GT

PH Zeroes: Ford Mustang II

Al Melling Interview

PH Goes for a Spin in a Porsche

PH Zeroes: Rambo Lambo

PetrolTed Interview

Joy Ride

PH Zeroes: Alfa Arna

Ferrari 430 Scuderia

Porsche 911 Turbo

Twingo Renaultsport 133

Caterham R400 Superlight

Wiesmann GT MF4

Touring Car Battle: E30 Vs E90

Noble Interview

Supercar In The City

Rendezvous II

Corvette Z06 Road Trip

Storm Chaser

Robb Gravett Driving Course

Million Pound Morning

Project Retirement Rocket PART 2.

GTechniq Magic Goo

PH drives the Caparo T1

Project Retirement Rocket PART 1

First Drive: Gumpert Apollo

Hot hatch debate

BP 102 Fuel

Transformers, motorhomes in disguise

I wouldn't be seen dead in that...

Lamborghini's Stephan Winkelmann speaks out

Auto Union: Audi's ancestor

Sub-£10k super-saloons

Michiel van den Brink

Ariel's boss Simon Saunders

Porsche 959 v 997 Turbo

Staples-to-Naples rally 2006

Lotus' new boss: Mike Kimberley

Honda ADAS

Watkins Glen International

Bio-fuelled Lotus Exige 265E

Talking to Bentley

Ton-up for Lancia

Birth of the Noble M15

Lifting the lid

Buying a DB7

Classic Adelaide Rally 2005

Modifying a Lotus Esprit S4

Jaguar XJ-S

Staples2Naples 2005

totalkitcar LIVE!

Prescott Speed Hillclimb

Aston’s new age

Crash Course

Nick Mason

Sport-Auto German Tuner Grand Prix

Fastrak - a track day plus

Marcos TSO GT2 Coupé

Ian Callum

Bentley Continental Flying Spur

Lamborghini Miura at 40

Track Club opens for business

Audi quattro

TVR Drive Day at Loch Lomond

End of the E-Type

Power Torque Engineering

Which is faster, Porsche or Ferrari?

Diesel engines torque it up

BBR Astons

Cannonball Run Europe 2004

Vantage Points

S Sport VX

Alfa Giulietta -- what’s in a name?

Classic Car Club

Lotus execs speak out

Ultima Sports

Simbin GTR

Coventry Transport Museum

Circuit des Remparts

Ride Drive

Henrik Fisker


2003 Supercar Rally

SmartNav Reviewed

QV8 Coupe

Ferrari Festival

007's New Motors

Le Mans 2002

Tour Auto 2002

BJT Open Day


Older features

The Ferrari F355 was first shown to the world at the 1994 Geneva Motor Show and it immediately became the most desirable supercar this side of the McLaren F1. It went on sale shortly afterwards in Berlinetta coupe and GTS targa guises, with a full convertible Spider arriving a year later. Prices started at £83,031 at launch and production ran until 1999, when the car was replaced by the 360, which means the 355 is now relatively affordable by Ferrari standards.

In total, 11,522 355 models of all types were made, including 104 stripped-out and roll-caged Challenge race cars. This made the 355 the first Ferrari model to sell more than 10,000 units and 496 Berlinettas were sold in the UK, with 88 of those with the F1 gearbox. A further 434 GTS models went to UK customers (74 of them with an F1 transmission), while 454 Spiders were sold through Ferrari's UK agents (139 Spiders with the F1 gearbox). This ubiquity, in Ferrari terms, makes the F355 a popular entry point to the make.

Choosing the F355 as a first foray into Ferrari ownership need not be daunting. There are plenty to pick from and a number of dependable specialists.

However, any car capable of 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds and 184mph needs careful consideration. So if you haven't got a decent contingency fund, you'd better make sure the family is up for missing out on the odd trip to Disneyland.

Meanwhile, before you dive in to fulfil your own Ferrari fantasy, check out what fellow PHers have to say about buying and owning these desirable machines.

Editor's note: We hope this new Ferrari F355 'knowledge bank' will attract contributions from current and past owners, and anyone who knows these cars well. If you have something to say that will help fellow PHers,please add your comments to the forum thread in the relevant sectionbelow.

We'd also love to illustrate this guide with photos of PHers' own cars, so please email contributions to F355pics@pistonheads.com - we're looking for complete cars from all angles, as well as 'detail' images that illustrate specific items discussed in these pages. Thanks, folks!

Ferrari F355 Buying Guide
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