And this spacious speedster is now up for sale.
The 90s: a time when the Mickey Mouse Club was all the rage, McDonald's introduced 'Super Size' fast food, and Shaquille O'Neal was named as one of the 50 greatest basketball players of all time. It's also the time that Ferrari produced the F355 sports car as an updated version of the 348, with the idea of improved performance and driving pleasure. While it was still more than a decade and a half away from the 458 Spider, the F355 was great for its time. So it's no wonder that Shaq, at the height of his career, would've invested in owning a 1998 Ferrari F355 Spider himself - and now, this unique version is up for sale.
According to Bring a Trailer, this beauty was at some stage in the past owned by the retired basketball legend, so while you won't be fetching it from his mansion, it's still very much linked to the big man himself. At 7'1" tall, fitting the giant into the delicate F355 Spider would've posed a few challenges. As such, the Italian sports car has been modified somewhat; to free up some seating space, the fuel tank has been moved and the soft-top has been replaced by a custom cover. It's stock-fitted with a 3.5-liter V8 that feeds 375 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, and is offered with the F1-style electro-hydraulic transmission system introduced post-1997. This model proved to be one of the most popular at the time, although a track-ready variant was introduced in the mid-90s in the form of the F355 Challenge.
With 7,400 miles on the clock, the modified sports car is offered without reserve and comes with a partial service history, a clean bill of health from Carfax, and supporting documents from Ferrari North America. Stock iterations were known to cost upwards of $50k a few years ago, but you can expect to fork out easily double that and more these days, unless you're buying a piece that hasn't been as well looked after as this one. While this unit has had it's five seconds of fame, with Shaq himself discussing the car in the oh-so-90s MTV Cribs, we hardly expect it to reach obscene prices that rarer Ferrari's have been known to peak at. At the time of writing, the current bid was $46,000, with the countdown set to run out in 48 hours.