Surely every car enthusiast should own a collectible Ferrari at some point in their life, so maybe now is the time and this is the car! This six speed manual 360 is an excellent gateway into Ferrari collection and once behind the wheel it is hard not to fall under the car’s considerable charms. Powerful, refined and easy to drive, there is a palpable sense of occasion to be had every time you climb behind the wheel.
This well documented and cared for 360 Modena Spider comes not only with the desirable Six Speed Manual, it also has the optional "SuperAmerica" style Ferrari Modular wheels, Daytona seats and Tubi Exhaust (Original unit supplied with the sale). The car is accompanied by factory books and a Ferrari-branded flashlight in a leather case, tool kit, service invoices and Ferrari car cover. The timing belt, accessory belts, and various tensioners were replaced, so was the complete brakes, fuel pump, suspension bushings, ball joints according to accompanying service invoices.
Body: 2 Doors Convertible
Exterior: Azzurro California
Interior: Beige & Blue
Driver's Side: RHD
Transmission: 6 speed gated manual
Indicated Mileage: 29,282 miles
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
This Motor Car: The example offered here today was a late model year car, delivered new by HR Owen in London, UK in September of 2004, finished in the rare combination of Azzurro California over Cream "Daytona" Leather Seats with piping & Blue Leather Interior. As a modern classic and most likely the first Ferrari to fully embrace technology to control things like throttle, engine power curve and even the ride, this rare 6 Speed Gated Manual 360 nicely balances the analogue nature we all love in our classic cars, with a level of dependability and safety that cannot be ignored.
Surely this is the classic car you could very easily use every day. The car was regularly maintained over the years, fully stamped service book by Ferrari dealers and changed hands only twice to its current keeper since arrival in Hong Kong back in 2009. The owner, being a collector with multiple classics in his stable, has meticulously maintained the car since his ownership in 2019. The car has been treated to full services at Blackbird Concessionaires. Essential items such as cambelt, pulleys, fuel pump, brakes, engine mounts, ball joints and bushings have all been renewed. The car looks quite splendid and has no apparent faults. It also comes complete with the leather-bound book pack containing the service records, handbook, Ferrari car cover and all the tools
The first production Ferrari to be constructed entirely in aluminum
Rare Six Speed Manual example desirably optioned with Daytona seats and Modular wheels
Less than 30,000 Miles showing on odometer and Meticulously maintained
Finished in the pleasing colour combination of Azzurro California over Cream Daytona leather seats
Accompanied by factory books, tool kit, car cover and dealer service invoices
Classic Insider condition score: 95 points out of 100
Fully Original. The paintwork looks to be in fine order, looks completely original. If any touch-up was done, it would appear to have been done to a suitably high standard. Shut lines are suitably crisp as one would naturally expect. We do notice some very minor stone chips, not unexpected as the car is being driven. This is also a few small hole in the convertible top at the folding line which is quite common for car with its original soft top since new. The five spoke alloy wheels are free from any major curbing and the tires are fresh.
In keeping with the blue exterior hue, the cream leather interior with piping complements rather nicely. The seats are extremely comfortable and supportive, the leather itself has stood the test of time well, very well preserved. None of the interior plastics are looking sticky, such as the radio button and air vent. The carpets and over mats are in good order.
The Ferrari toolkit is in place and holds an assortment of fuses, bulbs etc in addition to the more usual tools. The tan leather case that holds them all together is a delight.
The engine and engine bay are well presented, free from heavy deterioration often seen for Ferrari at this age. We are told the car drives exceptionally well and is without fault. This 360 Modena was treated to a full service, years after years, every few thousand miles. Not only that, the cam, timing control belt and complete pulley were renewed. Even the suspension bushings, brake pads, fuel pump and engine mounts are new. This should give the car’s new owner every confidence.
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SERVICE HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
Nov 2021: Annual service @ Blackbird
Oct 2021: ECU remap by AV Engineering in UK
August 2021: Cambelt change, replace front and rear brake discs and pads @ KOLO
March 2021: Replace suspension all bushings and ball joints, replace engine mounts @ KOLO (parts from superformance.co.uk)
Feb 2021: Replace water hoses, new electric fans, new fuel pumps @ KOLO
Dec 2020: Annual service @ Blackbird
July 2020: Replace front stabiliser bar link @ tie rod @ Blackbird
Dec 2019: Annual service and new battery @ Blackbird
**Documented History & Service records available upon request
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
In 1999, Ferrari knew that it was time to replace their much loved 355 and consequently the 360 was introduced to critical acclaim and immediately set a new benchmark for supercar styling and performance. The 360 Modena design was revolutionary, making extensive use of lightweight materials in its construction resulting in a much lighter car along with substantially increased rigidity. Ferrari also paid particular attention to improving the under-body aerodynamics using knowledge gained from their F1 programme and the 360 boasts a completely flat bottom with two prominent rear diffusers.
The 3586cc engine produced a staggering 400bhp, resulting in a 0-60 time of just 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 186mph, and the Pininfarina designed bodyshell presented an exceptionally clean, low-drag profile without the need for additional wings, flares or blisters. Another striking feature is the large glass rear screen that proudly displays the engine in all its glory. Introduced at the Geneva Show in March 1999 the 360 Modena, not unsurprisingly, swelled Ferrari's order books and within weeks there was a two-year waiting list.
The 360 Modena was a clean-sheet design that anticipated trends for future Ferrari road cars. It was the first production Ferrari to be constructed entirely in aluminum. Chassis, body shell, and suspension wishbones were all made from the lightweight material. This allowed engineers to provide the best overall performance and handling ever achieved in a mid-engine Ferrari up to that point. The chassis was designed by Ferrari and built in collaboration with Alcoa. This partnership was able to create a structure that was 40 percent stronger in structural rigidity while also achieving a 28-percent weight reduction compared to the previous 355. The suspension mounting points are one-piece castings and the chassis was assembled on a CNC workstation, the same technique used for the F50.
The 360 Modena was the 163rd Ferrari to be designed by Pininfarina and combines elements of classic Ferraris, such as the 268SP, 250LM and Dino. The 360 Modena was also the first modern Ferrari to display the longitudinally mounted V-8 engine under a glass cover, a feature which persists to this day on the F8 Tributo.
During a six-year production run, the vast majority of 360 buyers choosing the F1 automated manual gearbox, with flappy paddles mounted on the steering column for the best snappy gear changes. Of those numbers, there were only a fraction with a gated 6-speed manual transmission as opposed to the "F1" single-clutch automated manual transmission. There is a value premium for the 6-speed manual transmission and this premium will probably even rise over time.
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