Yes, Ferraris really are special. They're not just toys for rich people, they're probably the purest form of the automobile-as-entertainment currently on the face of the Earth. If you like to drive simply for the pleasure of the activity, then this 2002 Ferrari F360 Spider wants to be your dance partner.
It's certainly the right color: Rosso Corsa, Ferrari's bespoke bright red that has carried the checkered flag at every major race for decades. With just 18,210 miles on the clock, this lovely F360 Spider (which is Ferrari-speak for convertible) looks like it should cost as much as it does, maybe more (which it did). The revised bodywork that was a big step forward from the F355 is softer, rounder, yet every bit as aggressive. The gaping air intakes up front, the faired-in headlights that look like they were borrowed from Le Mans, and the air ducts in back that are pure form-following-function, all of it makes this car one of the most dramatic shapes on the road. Build quality on Ferraris is legendary, and the luscious paint is so bright and shiny that you're almost afraid to touch it because the wet finish might come off on your fingers. There might be a few minor nicks on the nose, but nothing you're going to see without crawling on the ground. It has never been hit, dinged, or even parked too close to the garage wall, so every other panel is unmarked and in fantastic condition.
With the Rosso Corsa paint, the only real choice is tan leather, which has that wonderful bright look that only the Italians seem to have mastered. Supportive bucket seats (of course) are in fantastic condition and despite the very soft hides, there's almost no wear on the seating surfaces. Black carpets and dashboard keep it from getting too bright inside and a few flashes of raw aluminum remind us that this is a lightweight performance car at heart. The fat wheel has thumb nooks and the big tach is mounted so that it's the first gauge you see when you glance down through the spokes. This 360 has the desirable F1 gearbox, so you get paddle shifters and only two aluminum pedals on the floor, but it's a blast to drive. Of note, the switchgear isn't sticky, which is common on these cars, and everything works, from the A/C to the power windows to the black canvas folding top. The forward-mounted trunk also has its original tool roll and jack kit in their original pouches.
The 3.6 liter DOHC V8 in this Ferrari sings an altogether different tune than the big block American V8s you might be used to. It starts with a frantic clatter, all 32 valves and four camshafts spinning madly to fire the engine. At low speeds, it's got a pleasing buzz to it, but when you wind it out, it begins to scream to a blistering crescendo. You'll look forward to tunnels just to tap the paddle twice and drop it down two gears. Of note, this car has just had its belts replaced and a major service done, so everything is up to date, which is critical. The 6-speed paddle shifter's clutch is healthy and it clicks off crisp shifts and doesn't slip at low speeds. The suspension is surprisingly supple for a sports car and obviously the brakes are hugely powerful with vented and cross-drilled rotors and multi-piston calipers all around. The car has probably never seen rain, so the underside is tidy with only a few scuffs that are all but inevitable on modern roads, and the beautiful Ferrari alloys are unmarked. 215/45/18 front and 275/40/18 rear Pirelli P-Zero tires are fitted, as new, and they have a lot of life left in them.
Let's recap the important stuff: low mileage, great colors, all books, tools, and fittings included, and it's been recently and comprehensively serviced. Don't fret, this one is for real. Call today!