Lot 36 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Sold for £39,938
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: N585AOK
Chassis No: ZFFSP44C000103846
MOT: April 2020
At the time of its introduction in 1992, the 456 GT was Ferrari's most powerful road car to date (excluding the Race-bred F40). A replacement for the 412, in common with that model, it was powered by a front-mounted V12 engine. However, rather than a 60deg unit as before, it was a 65deg one developed from the Dino V6. Output was 436bhp - sufficient to vault the 1690kg Prancing Horse to 62mph in around 5.2 seconds with a terminal speed of 188mph; making it the fastest four-seater production car of the time. The chassis was of tubular spaceframe construction, to which were added alloy body panels and a one-piece composite bonnet. Production of the various versions ran from 1992 to 2003, during which time 3,289 examples were made, of which 1,548 were manual GTs.
Finished in the alluring combination of Le Mans Blue complimented by Crema hide, this RHD manual GT has covered c.73,000 miles to date and comes with an extensive history file containing detailed service records together with numerous invoices dating back to 2002 along with a collection of expired MoT certificates covering the past ten years. A printed summary on file shows it has been cared for by Stratstone and KHPC with more recent servicing work entrusted to Barkaways of Tonbridge, who carried out the most recent cambelt service in May 2019 at 72,890 miles. At the same time the car received a new clutch master cylinder, water pump and catalytic converter. Currently described by the vendor as having “excellent” bodywork, paintwork, engine, transmission and interior, the only points he notes are some minor paint chips to the door edges and that the CD autochanger requires attention. Offered with Swansea V5c and aforementioned history file, this desirable manual 456 is also accompanied by a current MoT.