Thinking about picking up a brand-new Ferrari 488 GTB? We don't blame you—it's a great car. But you know what would probably be more fun? This well-kept 1995 F355 GTB. It benefits from recent maintenance and sports a desirable six-speed manual transmission with Ferrari's trademark gated shifter. It's . You should buy it.
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Obviously, this F355 won't be nearly as quick as the 488 you're considering. With just 375 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque, that goes without saying. But, as any true enthusiast knows, power and speed aren't everything. Unlike the 488, which has a twin-turbo engine, the F355 boasts a naturally aspirated V8 which, according to our readers, makes one of the greatest sounds of any eight-cylinder ever built. And don't forget, you can't get a new 488 with a stick-shift. Plus, personally, I think it looks a lot better than a 488. Factor in the better visibility, smaller size, and tactile controls, and you have yourself one seriously enjoyable piece of machinery.
If all that isn't enough to convince you, maybe the price will. A new 488 GTB has a starting MSRP of $252,800, and that's before you factor in all of Ferrari's insanely priced options. This 23,000-mile F355? It's listed on eBay right now —a third of the price of the new mid-engine Ferrari. Plus, it's just had a major engine-out service, so if you're (rightly) concerned about maintenance, this car's been well-taken care of. It even has an aftermarket Tubi exhaust, which should make it sound even more spectacular than stock.
I know which one I'd pick.