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1999 Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe

This is one of my all-time favorite cars! The design is timelines, and I prefer the Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe over the spider version. 1999 was the first model year of this (to me) icon.

1996 Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe
Highlights
Model: 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe
Location: Greenville, SC
Miles: 62,000
Price: $69,500 (says firm)
Seller Type: Private Party
Listed On: Facebook Marketplace (link in post)
Something Unique: Beltronics radars mounted front and back

Checking Auto Tempest, it looks like this may be one of the cheapest Modenas in the United States. There is a reason for that though, it’s rocking a well-loved 62,000 miles.

That’s a lot of miles for an exotic/performance car. Some of the others with similar price points do have significantly fewer miles, but perhaps not the services that the current owner has completed.

The posting states that it’s had $45k in recent and current service. $45k?! That’s a scary number, maybe it’s not time for me to be a Ferrari…

Ferrari 360 Modena black on black

Here’s the list of items addressed:

  • new clutch, flywheel, and hardware
  • new timing belt
  • A/C compressor rebuilt
  • complete F1 system rebuild (gearbox, actuator, and hydraulic hoses)
  • new catalytic converters

360 Modena F1 Transmission

While this 360 Modena does not have a clutch pedal, the F1 system is sometimes classified as an automated manual gearbox (with paddle shifters). These transmissions still use a clutch, not a torque converter.

That’s a pretty confusing description, but think similar to BMW’s SMG transmissions from early generations. There is a coveted 6-speed manual, with a beloved gated shifter available, but those are much harder to find. (If you’re hankering for a high-revving traditional manual, take a look at this BMW M5 V10).

The F1 is still incredibly engaging to drive. In fact, this is the most fun car I have ever driven! (I’m driving a Porsche 911 GT3 in a week or so, so we’ll see if my opinion changes). The shifts are definitely pronounced, and lack the refinement of current dual clutch systems. The analog nature of the shifts felt like a feature, not a bug, though.

360 Modena Engine Details

The sound the 3.6L V8 mid-engine lets out is incredible. The one (I think it was a 2003 model year) somebody was kind enough to let me drive, did not have one of the popular titanium exhaust systems like this black-on-black slick ride has.

Some nice revs with the stock system

When I drove this, I probably got up to about 7,000 RPMs, but these redline at an absolutely nuts 8,500 RPM. Being a naturally aspirated power plant with that high redline, it’s going be have to the torque curves of similarly designed engines. That just means you’re going to need to wring this out to properly enjoy it.

A quick glance at the official spec sheet:

  • 400 hp at 8,500 rpm
  • 275 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm
  • Top speed of 183 mph.
  • 3.9 – 4.5 second 0-60. I know that’s a pretty wide range, numbers online are a little sporadic, and I did not clock my own time.
Ferrari 360 Modena V8 engine

More important than all of those though, is the fuel economy. This car is obviously meant to be a distance commuter with a perfectly practical, estimated 13 mpg (9 in the city.)

That sounds pretty terrible, but I had a 2009 Lexus GX470 that did about them honestly, and also took premium fuel. This car is more fun, so always remember that.

Interior Notes

The interior of this car is starting to look slightly dated, but it is aging gracefully. I typically prefer the tan interior, but this black-on-black spec is awesome.

The driver’s leather seat definitely shows some wear. With the age and mileage of the car, that’s to be expected. If you’re able to justify this purchase, don’t sweat the leather, and just drive the car!

Compared to the spider version, the “normal”/coupe just has a better shape. I do tend to be down on spiders, but I’ve never been in a position to afford/own one. So take that with a grain of salt!

Here’s a spider silhouette for comparison.

sample spider model

Check out the post and maybe go buy it over on Facebook. I’m not sure it’d be my first choice if I had $75k to drop, but I’d be talked into it pretty easily. The budget for exotic cars, and what classifies as one, can be pretty wide. Take a look at what else I’ve spotted.