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Discovery Channel - 1998 Ferrari F355 ChallengePosted by Robb about 2 weeks, 3 days ago
This is the LAST generation of Factory Ferrari racecars with a stickshift transmission. This is the last group of that generation - only one of 40 in the world. There are only about 12 of these in the US.
You will find very few Ferrari Challenge cars anywhere in the world more complete. Few F355 Factory Challenge cars come up for sale in a year - almost never an Evoluzione. If you are looking for a complete car and one that you can proudly put in your collection, and have fun on the track - look no further.
1998 Ferrari F355 Challenge “Evoluzione”
Serial Number – 111869
1998 Ferrari F355 Challenge – Factory Challenge “Type A - Evoluzione” - 1 of 40 in the world
6-Speed Gated Manual Transmission
Original Color – Blue Pozzi
Double Orange Stripes added later
Then Painted Nero with Double Silver Stripes
VIN – ZFFXR41A0W0111869
It's one of the most heavily, and famously, sponsored Ferrari F355 Challenge Cars in the North American Series. It's sponsors included:
Discovery Channel – John Hendricks
Speedvision – Roger Werner – became Speed Channel then Fox Sports
STARZ!, BET, Encore Media, Showtime, The Movie Channel – John Sie
Commscope – Frank Drendel - designs and builds the connectivity for many of the world's most advanced cable and internet networks.
General Instrument - specializing in semiconductors and cable television equipment – past CEO was Donald Rumsfeld… / Acquired by Google then Arris
Antec – John Egan - pioneered development of optical products for the cable television industry / Acquired Nortel then changed name to Arris
Original owner / driver was Tim Robertson – The Family Channel CEO, Co-founder of Major League Lacrosse, and son of evangelist minister and presidential candidate Pat Robertson
Car is a factory built Challenge Car and is one of 40 Final Evoluzione versions - authentically restored with all original parts and correct livery.
Fully documented race history, maintenance and ownership history.
Very well maintained example – It has a new gas tank and all new fuel lines – those two simple items should tell you plenty on it's current condition and caretakers.
Lower mileage example
No Check Engine Lights. No Slowdown Lights.
Honest, knowledgable Seller, and regular on Ferrarichat.com with multiple F355 in the same garage
Car has the following Upgrades
Steel Valve Guides
Factory Challenge Exhaust (designed similarly to a Tubi) - including original Challenge Exhust (the straight-pipe loud one)
Fabspeed straight pipes without bypass valve
All Plastic Parts (that are known to get sticky) have been refinished and restored with lazer-etched , proper graphics by Sticky RX.
Minor rock chips on nose and 2” crack on front bumper
Typical buttress cracks seen on all F355 berlinettas
Undertray fiberglass has some chips from track curbing
Leather pulling on dash pod
Crack in windshield under passenger wiper blade area / Rear Window is Plexi – some might call that a pro.
Detailed Maintenance History
Rebuilt Engine on new block from FNA - Ferrari of Atlanta
Rebuilt Gearbox – March 1999 – Ferrari of Atlanta
Replace Clutch and Flywheel – June 1999 – Ferrari of Atlanta
Replace Windshield – October 2002 – Ferrari of Atlanta
Engine Out / Belts – April 2005 – Lake Forest Sportscars
Engine Out / Belts – December 2009 – Lake Forest Sportscars
Brake Rotors / Pads – January 2011 – Lake Forest Sportscars
Replaced all Fuel lines / hoses / gas tank – January 2012 – Lake Forest Sportscars
Engine Out / Belts – February 2015 – Lake Forest Sportscars
Tim Robertson – Virginia Beach, Virginia – Feb 1998 thru March 2001, Media CEO and son of evangelist minister and presidential candidate Pat Robertson, also owner of Ferrari 550 Maranello and Ferrari 360 Challenge raced in the series
Bob Mayer – Atlanta, Georgia – March 2001 thru May 2003, raced in the SCCA Atlanta T1 series, owner of Ferrari F355 berlinetta
Gary Kachadurian – Chicago, Illinois – May 2003 thru Sept 2004, real estate magnet - multiple Ferrari owner including 512tr, F355 berlinetta and others
Ken Griffin – Chicago, Illinois – Sept 2004 thru February 2015, CEO of global investment firm “Citadel”, multiple Ferrari owner including LaFerrari, Enzo, etc…
Robb Williamson and his brother – February 2015 to Present –Corporate Location Photographer and Doctor, owners of other Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Ferrari F355 GTS, Ferrari 328 GTS.
Additional Items Included
OEM Speedline Challenge Rims in silver – Extra spare Set for additional slicks or rain tires
OEM Leather owner's pouch with all books, manuals, and papers
OEM Challenge Rules and Regulation booklets for 1998 and 1999 seasons
One OEM Key and One aftermarket copy
Two OEM A.E. Lorioli keychain – 1998
Original Leather Key Fob from Foreign Cars Italia
OEM steering wheel cover, two seat covers, and red nylon carry bag – aftermarket car cover to fit over wing
OEM emergency service light
OEM Leather stereo blank plate installed in car
Original History Monograph with all complete race records and team paperwork
Original Team crew Shirt from Race Team
Original T-Shirt from Race Team
OEM F355 Leather tool case – missing tools, and trays
Binder with Hard Copies of all maintenance service records
B&W Copy of MSO (Manufacturer Statement of Origin - Certificate of Origin of Vehicle)
USB thumb drive with digital copies of all history and records
IN-car video of training sessions
Digital copy of Montreal Challenge Race in 1998 with letter documentation
Historic Photos of car racing in Ferrari Challenge series
Current Photos of Car on track
You will find very few Ferrari Challenge cars anywhere in the world more complete. Few F355 Challenge cars come up for sale in a year. When you see one, look closely for what it is “not” coming with. Look at all the parts that are not original or what it is missing. Many of the cars ran in SCCA racing and lost much originality with changes to the car. Then look to see if it looks like rats have made it home with owners that just did not care and was put away very wet. You will find many challenge cars in this condition. It will take quite a lot of money to bring them back and that is just the aesthetics. We have seen other challenge cars on the track with mechanical difficulties due to lack of use and owner neglect. I'd think most buying a Ferrari for the track would love it to run like an industrial sewing machine – one that just purrs and goes and goes, and goes without issues. If a car is missing parts – they are likely to never be seen again. Then there is the question about it's sponsorship. Was it sponsored by a local dentist, or did it have backing like The Discovery Channel, Speedvision, and major Cable Entertainment Channels? It would seem that the latter is likely to look great anywhere and will continue to hold interest and demand throughout the future. Does the car have interesting history more than what place it finished or is there no clue as to it's original driver and their story of how they got involved in the series?
So if you are looking for a complete car and one that you can proudly put in your collection, look no further. We started with a good Ferrari – it is now a great Ferrari. It's now up to the new owner to pick and choose how to enjoy. The sky is the limit.
Why am I selling this car?
My brother and I bought this car together to restore and research so that it would be as complete as possible at the end of the process. We would then have a very rare car that was built at the Ferrari Factory specifically dedicated to the track. This car made us better driver's in our other F355's and showed us how good a Ferrari could be without compromises for the road and creature comforts. We succeeded in finding one of the rarest versions of the car and one of the most fun on the track. You can find two stories about the car and our pursuits on the Petrolicious site. My brother has since had a change of heart about having a dedicated track car and would like to add another street car to his garage. So I reluctantly have to sell based on our agreement. But the experience was great and I can feel a sense of pride and accomplishment on the work, driving experience, and the preservation of the Ferrari Challenge History that could be lost without this time and effort.
F355 Challenge car values seem to float around 130k for a car without history or if missing many original challenge parts like seats, the roll cage, brakes, etc – or one that looks like it has sat with the rats and was put away wet. There is a huge difference between the lower priced cars and the higher priced cars. There is also a difference in value for the Factory Challenge cars and Evolutione cars which are rarer in number. The nice cars have been sold for as high as $225,000 to collectors in Europe in recent history. One of the nicest cars out there with a classiche certification is priced near $300k. At the recent auction in Maranello, there were very high prices set for Ferrari Challenge and race cars. A Maserati Trofeo race car also recently sold for a record amount. So I would think that in the future, the demand for these rare cars and values should continue to increase.
This car is priced at $185,000 based on completeness of records, parts, and famous corporate sponsorship. The car comes with a B&W copy of the MSO which may enable a collector to register the car for street driving depending on your state or country – although it is definitely better suited on track with its precise, and tight suspension, lower ground clearance, and other track focused features. It shines on the track and will leave even much newer street Ferrari's in the dust there. The car is sold with a Bill of Sale without Title because it is a Race Car currently for off-road use only. I am also open to discussing trades of other Ferrari's or interesting exotics. I have recently sold another one of our F355 to a new collector in San Francisco with a very smooth transaction as we shuffle around our garage.
Give me a call to discuss your thoughts anytime.
If you are a collector or track driver and want a Ferrari Challenge car with unique history and fame, then look no further and just enjoy. Contact me for further information.
Full Race History
1998 Ferrari Challenge Season
Tim Robertson - # 91
April 25-26 – Homestead, FL
Race One – 15th
Race Two – 15th
Endurance Challenge - 5th
May 9-10, 1998 – Texas World Speedway, TX
Race One – 18th
June 5-7, 1998 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Race One – 18th
June 26-27, 1998 – Lime Rock Park, CT
Race One - 16th
Race Two – 14th
Endurance Challenge – 14th
August 1-2, 1998 – Road Atlanta, GA
Race One – DNS
Race Two – DNS
Endurance Race – DNS
Septmber 19-20, 1998 - Pikes Peak International Raceway, CO
Race One – DNS
Race Two - DNS
Endurance Race - DNS
November 7-8, 1998 - Imola, Italy
Did not attend
1998 Season Final Drivers Standings – 21st with 260 points
1998 Season Endurance Challenge Championship – 16th
1999 Ferrari Challenge Season
Tim Robertson - # 91 – Ferrari of Atlanta
Race One – 10th
Race Two – 10th
Endurance Race - 5th
March 5-7, 1999 – Willow Springs, CA
Race One – 16th
March 19-21, 1999 – Sebring FL
Race One – 12th
April 16-18, 1999 – Homestead, FL
Race One - 14th
Race Two – 10th
Endurance Race – 9th
June 25-27, 1999 Lime Rock Park, CT
Race One – 20th
Race Two – 18th
Endurance Race – 6th – Tim Robertson / Matt Drendel
August 6-8, 1999 – Road Atlanta, GA
Race One – 11th
Race Two – 9th
Endurance Race – 6th
October 9-10, 1999 – Laguna Seca, Salinas, CA
Race One – 22nd
November 5-7, 1999 – Vallelunga, Rome, Italy
Did not attend
December 3-5, 1999 – Homestead, Florida
Challenge Enduro 6-hour race – Tim Robertson raced in the # 77 car with Jim McCormick, Sandy Reddin, and Allie Ash – 4th
1999 Season Final Drivers Standings – 9th
1999 Season Endurance Challenge Championship – 3rd
1999 Season Dealer Championship – 4th
1999 Season Dealer Endurance Championship – 2nd
2000 Ferrari Challenge Season
Tim Robertson - # 16
May 19, 2000 – Road Atlanta, GA
Race One – 8th
Race Two – 5th
Joe Masessa / Michael Louli / Philip Shearer - # 16 – Ferrari of Atlanta
29 Nov -3 Dec, 2000 - Homestead, FL
Challenge Enduro 6-hour race / race concluded early for safety concerns with 17 360's and 5 F355's - 12th overallContact Seller »