Ferrari 360 Spider

Introduced in 2000, the Ferrari 360 Spider marked yet another foray by the Italian sports manufacturer into the world of road-going roadsters. Immediately regarded as a classic upon its launch, the Pininfarina-penned droptop was a natural evolution from the highly-regarded F355, itself a descendant – over many years – of the 308s and Dinos of decades past.

Designed from the start to be configured as an open-top sports car, the 360 Spider features exceptional torsional rigidity thanks to a strengthened and stiffened floor pan and a unique windshield frame. Though stylistically similar to the hardtop 360 Modena, the Spider's cloth top and light aluminum construction mean it weighs a mere 130 lbs more than the coupe.

Powered by a 400-horsepower variant of Ferrari's 90-degree F131 V8 engine, the 360 Spider's power peaked at a sky-high 8,500 rpm. Like the Modena, the engine is visible for all to enjoy thanks to a glass bonnet. Inside, the 360 follows modern Ferrari tradition with a restrained but elegant design and exceptional materials. Modern conveniences abound, including air conditioning, power-adjusted seats and a premium audio system.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

400 bhp 3,586 cu. in. V8 engine, six-speed electronically-controlled paddle shift transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and electronically-controlled adaptable shock absorbers, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102".

Source: RM Auctions

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