1995 Ferrari F355 Challenge
This professionally-maintained, left-hand drive, F355 Challenge Ferrari is offered in circuit-ready condition and enjoys a distinguished provenance courtesy of its outstanding period racing history in the Italian Ferrari Challenge.
At the end of its competitive life, chassis 101759 was road registered in Italy, before being exported to Germany where it remains today and is enjoyed periodically on private track days.
Campaigned by Milanese Ferrari main dealer, Rossocorsa, in the 1995 Italian Ferrari Challenge, chassis 101759 scored two podiums before passing to the INECO team for 1996. For the 1997 season, it passed to multiple-title winning outfit, Motor Malucelli, with whom it would score multiple podiums en route to its greatest triumph: victory in the 1998 Ferrari Challenge World Finals in the hands of seasoned racer, Adriano Baso.
Retired from competition soon after, the car was acquired by Toni Auto of Maranello, before passing into a private collection in Germany. Purchased from that collection by the current owner just two years ago, the car’s livery was restored to the glorious minimalism of Ferrari’s original launch design.
Since first arriving in Germany the car has benefited from considerable investment and been fastidiously maintained by respected Munich-based preparer, Formula GT, while being enjoyed on a variety of private track days by both the current owner and his predecessor.
Offered today in circuit-ready condition, the car is accompanied by one full set of spare wheels, mounted with wet-weather tyres, along with the original road-specification seats, carpets and steering wheel.
Subject to local regulations, there is no reason the car couldn’t be road-registered again, surely creating a sensational track-day tool.
The Ferrari F355 Challenge is the last road-legal, manual gearbox racing car ever made by Ferrari, and it is for these reasons that they have become so desirable today.
Starting life as a standard, road-going Berlinetta, most examples were upgraded to racing specification by Ferrari-main dealers, using a special kit supplied by Maranello.
While the engine remained unchanged, the suspension, bodywork, clutch, wheels, interior and brakes were all upgraded - the latter of which to the 14” Brembo’s used in the F40LM, making them remarkably valuable today. Completed by Pirelli racing slicks, the package offered a significant step up in performance from that of the road car.
“A manual gearbox, natural aspiration, a glorious sound track and sublime handling, all packaged in one of Pininfarina’s most elegant designs. It’s hard to ask for more and, as such, I have long been a fan of these cars. Indeed, they also make excellent training cars for driver coaching and I have enjoyed several over the years.
How long though until they become eligible for a historic racing series that celebrates the iconic one-make categories of the 1990s? A paddock rumour that persists, it surely can’t be long. ”
— SAM HANCOCK
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