Introduced in 1994, the F355 came in several body styles:
Berlinetta - a fixed head 2 door coupe
The Berlinetta is considered by many to be the most pure of the models. With a solid roof, which is of course structural, it offers the greatest rigidity and therefore the best handling of all models. However if you are very tall you may find the cabin restrictive. Ferraris are well known for their 'howl' and the Berlinetta has the greatest soundproofing so the exhaust note won't be so intrusive (you *will* hear it though! - especially with an aftermarket sports exhaust fitted).
The GTS is often bought as a good compromise between the Spider and the Berlinetta. It offers the equivalent of top down motoring but can also offer the full security and comfort of a fixed head vehicle. However, sometimes the targa panel can be a bit leaky in heavy rain due to poor seals or window fit, and the rigidity of the car is compromised a little by the fact that the panel is not structural. The GTS is probably the most common of the 355's.
Whatever model you prefer, look forward to a very special driving experience.
As of November 2009, Ferrari have launched a recall campaign due to a fire risk caused by a problem in the fuel system.
www.hillengineering.co.uk - Hill Engineering produce a range of Ferrari parts including gear knobs, skid plates, tensioner bearings etc.
www.tubistyle.co.uk - TUBI exhausts (links to Scuderia Systems, who are a UK distributor)
www.ricambiamerica.com - Ricambi offer a large range of parts. They can also provide Hill Engineering parts to US customers.
www.valenceusa.com - Valence manufacture a range of carbon fiber items.
www.stickyrxrs.com - Refinishing of various interior parts, tools etc.
Chat Forums / Technical Information
www.fcars.co.uk - Chat forum, dedicated to Ferraris
www.ferrarichat.com - Chat forum, dedicated to Ferraris
www.pistonheads.com - Chat forum, news, reviews. Dedicated italian car section
www.ferrarilife.com - Quarterly Magazine, classifieds etc.
www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk - Ferrari owners club of Great Britain
www.ferrari.com - Ferrari factory site
www.owners.ferrari.com - Ferrari owners site
Avro Motors (Surrey) www.avromotorcars.comQV London http://www.hamletcg.co.uk/qv/qvimenu.htm
Cars International (London) www.carsinternational.com
Castlefords (Surrey) www.castlefords.com
DK Engineering (Herts) www.dkeng.co.uk
Duncan Hamilton (Hampshire) www.duncanhamilton.com
Forza 288 (Dorset) www.forza288.com
Foskers (Brands Hatch) www.foskers.com
Gregor Fisken (London) www.gregorfisken.com
Hall & Bradfield (London) www.hallandbradfield.co.uk
Joe Macari (London) www.joemacari.com
Justin Banks (Cheshire) www.justinbanks.com
Maxted-Page & Baxter (Essex) www.maxted-pageandbaxter.com
Hollingworth (Worcs) www.midland-ferrari.co.uk
Nick Cartwright (Derbys) www.nickcartwright.com
Oakfields (Surrey) www.oakfields.com
250 SWB (London) www.racecar.co.uk/250swb
Bob Houghton (Glos) www.racecar.co.uk/bobhoughton
Bramleys (Surrey) www.racecar.co.uk/bramley
Terry Keys (Silverstone) http://www.racecar.co.uk/terrykeys
Rardley Motors (Surrey) www.rardleymotors.com
Romans International (Surrey) www.romansinternational.co.uk
Rosneath Engineering (Sussex) www.rosneathengineering.co.uk
Kent High Performance (Kent) www.theferraricentre.com
Winchester Cars (Sheffield) www.winchestercars.co.uk