New Owner Introduction - First Ferrari

Discussion in '348/355' started by Swartzy, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. Swartzy

    Swartzy Rookie
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    Dec 28, 2017
    Hesston, KS
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    Brett Swartzendruber
    As of today I'm the proud owner of this 1999 F355 Berlinetta. I've owned a handful of sports cars over the years including a Datsun 280z (my first car), Porsche 914 2.0, a supercharged 2001 Roush Mustang and several E36 M3's varying from bone stock to my current 500 whp turbo car. Through all of those the dream has always been a F355. Sometimes things just fall into place and the right car lands in your lap - that was exactly the case here. This car checked all the boxes for me and I'm looking forward to many years of ownership.

    Here's a little more info about he car -
    - 29,600 miles
    - Belt service performed August 2015 (less than 500 miles ago)
    - Full service history included and has been maintained by Blackhorse Motorwerks in Kansas City for the last 9 years and roughly 12,000 miles
    - Full Capristo exhaust - including headers and bypass valve
    - Factory Carbon Sport Seats
    - Factory fender badges (recessed into the fenders)
    - Most of the stickes are taken care of

    I'm headed off to Oshkosh, WI for Airventure 2018 but plan to pick the car up the first weekend in August.
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    I also have to say this site is absolutely an amazing resource! Thank You to everyone who is willing to share their knowledge about these cars!
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  2. bjwhite

    bjwhite F1 Rookie
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    Mar 17, 2006
    Seattle, WA
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    Brian White
    Wow man, can’t go wrong with that combo! Carbon seat, three pedal, black interior, berlinetta. Congrats. Beautiful car.
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  3. Drock28

    Drock28 Formula 3

    Jan 13, 2013
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    fantastic, yellow on Black.. and seems well sorted.. congrats.. you will surely enjoy..!

    as well for me, my first Ferrari had to be an F355 Berlinetta..

    similarly prior I had a Supercharged 350Z with loads of power.. it is long forgotten no comparison to the 355..!
  4. steved033

    steved033 F1 Rookie
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    Apr 12, 2017
    Atlanta, GA
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    Steve D.
    Very sharp!!! Enjoy every second of it!

  5. allandwf

    allandwf Karting

    Aug 27, 2011
    Scotland UK
    Like that, a lot. Enjoy.
  6. nismodrifter

    nismodrifter Formula Junior

    Jun 11, 2008
    British Columbia
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    Those seats!! Love it!
  7. INTMD8

    INTMD8 F1 Veteran
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    Jun 10, 2007
    Lake Villa IL
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    James Moran
    Gated with factory shields and carbon seats. Can't be many of those around. Nice find!!
  8. Dolcevita

    Dolcevita Formula Junior
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    Jul 5, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
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    Beautiful car. Congrats.
  9. Swartzy

    Swartzy Rookie
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    Dec 28, 2017
    Hesston, KS
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    Brett Swartzendruber
    Thanks for all the kind words.

    Like I said this car checked all the boxes for me - here was my shopping list
    - Well maintained with reasonable records
    - Overall above average condition (had to come from an owner who loved it)
    - Berlinetta
    - 3 pedals
    - Not Red (nothing against red cars, just a personal thing)
    - Replaced exhaust (headers for sure)
    - Valve guides addressed (these have been bore scope inspected and verified to be late model guides with no issues)
    - 100% working condition (windows, locks, a/c, lights, etc)

    The factory shields, challenge grille and sport seats were the icing on the cake that sealed the deal with this one.

    Another bonus is that it still has the factory Ferrari radio in the dash and it works!

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  10. andrew911

    andrew911 F1 Rookie
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    Sep 8, 2003
    Northern NJ
    That is a perfectly set up car. Without knowing what you paid it’s safe to say you got a good deal as setting up all of that cost lost of money (the exhaust and orignal spec of shields, grill etc) vs if you bought a very clean car and had to add the exhaust/headers, grill seats (!) etc.

    Best of luck with her! Yellow brake calipers too!!
  11. AceMaster

    AceMaster Three Time F1 World Champ

    Feb 6, 2009
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    Congratulations looks terrific
  12. ducrob

    ducrob Formula Junior

    Nov 20, 2011
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    Gorgeous car. I have the one with the mother effin soft top that's giving me heart disease.
  13. mshobe

    mshobe Karting

    Mar 28, 2015
    Congrats! Looks like a fantastic beast. Like you, I had to go non-Rosso Corsa once I saw the color that really stuck with me (in my case, Blu Scuro).

    Enjoy Osh! I've only ever visited for a day; I intend to fly in and camp for the entire week at some point before the FAA pulls my card when I reach true old man status.
  14. Yassa

    Yassa Formula 3
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    May 23, 2011
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    Dr Yassa Hughes
    Congratulations and welcome to the family. May you enjoy your 355 in good health and prosperity.
  15. Dave rocks

    Dave rocks F1 World Champ

    Nov 23, 2012
    Orchard Park, NY
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    Dave Lelonek
    Brett - congrats! Looks like a very clean example. Enjoy :)
  16. krazykarguy

    krazykarguy Formula Junior
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    Apr 17, 2014
    Fort Mill, SC
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    Great spec! Enjoy in good health!
  17. ernie

    ernie Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Nov 19, 2001
    The Brickyard
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    The Bad Guy

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