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1995 F355 Challenge, Street legal, Championship winner

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  1. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    Click here for the more Details and Pictures: https://www.classicdriver.com/de/car/ferrari/f355/1995/395339

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    The Ferrari Challenge series is a single-marque racing championship, that was created so that Ferrari owners could become involved in motor racing. It started in 1993 with the 348 Challenge and then progressed to the F355 Challenge in 1995. Each one of these started out as a standard Berlinetta (coupe), which was then modified with a factory supplied kit of performance accessories (at an additional cost to the customer of some $30,000!!). However, the next car in the Challenge series, the 360 Challenge (and also every subsequent Challenge car) was only available with the F1 paddle shift transmission, a move bemoaned by many racing purists and one that has therefore only heightened the appeal and demand for the F355 version. Thrilling to drive on the track and easily maintained, with no complicated computer controls or electronic shifting, these superb, factory built racecars are destined to be one of the most sought after racing machines from Maranello.

    This particular 355 was campaigned extensively (and very successfully) in the North American Challenge Series, from 1997 to 2000. With many first places across the country, throughout its career, it was actually 1st overall, in the 2000 season!

    What makes this car even more special however, is the fact that it is titled for road use. A total of just 108 F355 Challenge cars were built (18 of which were right hand drive), making them extremely rare, but finding a road legal example, with a US title, is far rarer still (possibly, one of only two such cars in the US and one of only ten worldwide).

    This therefore, represents an unparalleled opportunity to purchase not only one of the rarest examples of the last manual transmission, Ferrari Challenge cars, but also a championship-winning one with a superb racing history!

    History:
    1997 Ferrari F355 Challenge USA:
    Driver: Carlos Hank Jr.
    Sebring March 15-16, 5th
    Texas World Speedway April 26-27, Race one: 1st, Race two: 2nd
    Sears Point May 16-17, 1st
    Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 13-15, 2nd
    Lime Rock August 1-2, Race one 2nd, Race two 1st
    Las Vegas Motor Speedway September 18-20, 4th
    Ferrari Challenge International Finals, Pergusa, Italy November 7-9
    Race one 6th, Race two 5th
    USA Championship 3rd (1670 pts)

    1998 Ferrari F355 Challenge USA:
    Driver: Carlos Hank Jr.
    Lime Rock June 26-27, Race one 1st, Race two 6th
    Road Atlanta August 1-2, Race one 4th, Race two 3rd
    Pikes Peak September 19-20, 18th

    1999 Ferrari F355 Challenge USA:
    Color changed to Argento, car number 69
    Driver: Christian Briggs
    Willow Springs March 5-7, 11th
    Sebring March 19-21, 9th
    Homestead April 16-18, Race one 19th, Race two 15th, Enduro 3rd
    Lime Rock June 25-27, Race one 16th, Race two 14th, Enduro 8th
    Road Atlanta August 6-8, Race one 7th, Race two 18th, Enduro 5th
    Laguna Seca October 9-10, 15th
    USA Championship 10th (tie), Endro 5th

    2000 Ferrari F355 Challenge USA:
    Driver: Christian Briggs
    Homestead April 9, 1st
    Pikes Peak April 29, 1st
    Road Atlanta May 19, 13th (fastest qualifier 1:34.944/95.551mph)
    Road Atlanta May 20, 1st
    Road Atlanta May 21, Enduro 11th
    Montreal June 18, 6th (F355)
    Lime Rock July 14th, 3rd
    Road America August 5-6, Race one 1st, Race two 1st
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway September 23-24, Race one 2nd (F355), Race two 6th (F355)
    USA Championship 1st overall, Enduro 13th overall
    World finals Mugello, Italy December 18, 1st

    It has just completed a full, engine-out service at a cost of over $19,000 and is consequently ready to enjoy on the road & track immediately!

    The Ferrari is in Los Angeles, more Infos: Kastner's Garage
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  2. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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  3. Challenge64

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    Just out of curiosity where did that red plaque come from? Shows all the 2000 winners!
     
  4. 355dreamer

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    I'm kicking myself for passing on this car two years ago for 60k.

    GLWS
     
  5. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    @355dreamer, and its still cheap!!!
    It has it all, street legal, condition, championship winner and the history is one of the best...
     
  6. max_powers

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    Does it have a Ca. smog certificate?
     
  7. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    Hello, please ask Edward Kastner (there is the car) in LA: Kastner's Garage
     
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  9. cf355

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    nice ...GLWS
     
  10. timhood

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    You mention this car being possibly one of only two titled and street-legal F355 Challenge cars in the U.S. Would you be thinking that the other is in Vermont? That's where ours is--titled and street legal. WHile it is fun on the track, it's a definite head-turner in town! (Allow 30 minutes for refueling. :) )
     
  11. mclaudio

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    There's another street legal 95 Challenge car in WA state.
     
  12. rob lay

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    I'm sure there are several. Mine has title and although wouldn't pass full safety and emissions inspection like most challenge cars, they're now of age you can get a parade tag etc. still some risk as just because they issue you license doesn't mean it is legal or safe to drive (roll cage vs. soft head).
     
  13. mclaudio

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    Agreed, Rob. My comment had a bit of tongue and cheek.

    On a side note, my 95 Ch passed WA emissions last year. Albeit, I had interesting looks from the inspectors.
     
  14. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    What you think, how many real street legal 355 CH are in the US?
    10, 15?
     
  15. SoCal1

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    I personally know of that many here in SoCal. I can count 5 within 10 miles of me.

    :)
     
  16. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    5 from 95, 96 street legal?
     
  17. SoCal1

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    All 1995's with plates. I'm not including mine.
     
  18. toggie

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    The 355 Challenge cars are the last ones with stick-shifts, true?

    I believe the 360, 430, 458, and now 488 Challenge cars are all paddle-shifters.

    Great looking car. GLWS.
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  19. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    @toggie, yes, correct!

    Thank you ;-)
     
  20. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    still for sale, please ask for infos.
     
  21. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    The only street legal 355 CH on the US market.
     
  22. GrayTA

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    What is the current asking price on this car?

    It would ALMOST be enough to make me want to sell my QV to get it....



    PDG
     
  23. Ferrari 308 Vetro

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    Asking is still 197.500 $, PM if you are interested.

    Thanks for asking
     

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