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In 1993, Ferrari began offering competition-prepared versions of its eightcylinder model for a new single-marque racing series called the Ferrari Challenge, and the F355 Challenge was notably the last Ferrari race car to feature fully manual shifting.
Originally retailed by The Collection in Miami, this lovely example was purchased and driven by famed Ferrari collector Lawrence Stroll in the Ferrari Challenge series during 1997 and 1998, including at the historic circuits of Sebring and Lime Rock. After briefly passing to a second Miami-based owner, the Ferrari was purchased circa 2004 by a private collector in New England, who held the car for over 10 years. During his ownership, the Ferrari was stolen but recovered just over four months later, parked in a warehouse not far from where it had gone missing, and in unaltered condition.
The current owner acquired the Challenge in 2015, and has since reupholstered the seats, renewed the vinyl appliqués to the original racing livery, mounted street tires, and conducted a major engine-out service. The F355 displayed less than 12,000 miles at the time of cataloguing and retains its original factory Challenge equipment, including the roll cage, rear wing, Speedline magnesium wheels, and OMP carbon fiber seats. This Ferrari F355 Challenge is a rare example, exceptional with its low mileage and charismatic original livery, and ready for enjoyment.