Ferrari 360 Spider with a rare 6-speed…

 

 

Ferrari 360 Spider

Ferrari 360 Spider

Much has been written of the Ferrari 360 Modena since its introduction in 1999.  Countless road tests, professional scrutiny, the comparisons with other sports cars abound.

Newer, faster Ferraris have gently nudged the 360 aside, but while while the 360 Modena has grown older, the spirit of the Prancing Horse has never been diminished in this car.

Truthfully, I had a 355 when the 360 was unveiled at Continental Autosports.  It was such a departure from the older stuff that I found myself disappointed.

Ferrari 360 Spider

Ferrari 360 Spider

But the 360 Modena and the Ferrari 360 Spider, were designed to be faster, easier to maintain, and more of a car to be driven every day as opposed to the Ferrari 355.  Now of course, the shape is lovely, flowing, Italian, a shape that everyone still finds timeless 18 years after its launch.

Originally designed to be both coupe and convertible, Ferrari drop tops have always been especially sought after, and it’s easy to understand why.  Twenty seconds to lower the top, a silent choreography of parts effortless lower the hand stitched cloth into the bodywork and out of sight.

Ferrari 360 Spider Cockpit

Ferrari 360 Spider Cockpit

Ferrari 360 Dashboard

Ferrari 360 Dashboard

Without a roof, every driving sensation is magnified and from the snug little cockpit, the exhaust note you are trailing is an absolute symphony of legend, history, exclusivity and decadence.   You’re a part of the car, and part of the scenery as it flashes by.

This Ferrari 360 Spider is a Unicorn; of the 2,389 produced, only 670 came equipped with a stick shift like this one, and having grown accustomed to the modern F-1 paddles, it’s refreshing to slip behind the wheel and feel for the clutch.

400 HP instantly comes to life and my professionalism went out the window.  For a few seconds, I just blipped the throttle watching the tach shoot up, just to hear the sound.

400 HP from 3.6 Liters

400 HP from 3.6 Liters

Road tests confirm a Ferrari 360 Modena will do 0-60 in about 4.5 seconds and running through the gated 6 speed manual transmission is an absolute joy.  It’s light, precise and puts the fun back in driving.

Ferrari 360 Spider Challenge Panel

Ferrari 360 Spider Challenge Panel

The Modena had to be the first real example of Ferrari delivering a product that would let you truly drive your car on a regular basis.  With much easier maintenance costs and an all aluminum body, the Ferrari 360 Modena Spider with a manual transmission is high on many enthusiasts wish list.

Whether you have your sights set on your first Ferrari or you are just looking for open air fun, stop by Continental AutoSports for a test drive, and tell them Dave sent you…

Dave

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About the Author: Dave Miller

Dave Miller drives the fastest, coolest, sexiest cars on the planet. He travels the world uncovering the hidden gems in luxury transportation, meeting the owners, and connecting with extraordinary car enthusiasts. Dave is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and writes for various publications. In addition to DriveWithDave.com, you can follow Dave's adventures via Drive With Dave Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tune into the Drive with Dave Podcast via iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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