Lot 43 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £39,375
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: Y178OWO
Chassis No: ZFFWP50C000120626
Mot Expiry: June 2020
- Last service and cambelt change at 46,064 miles and little use since
- Offered with documented service history and full book pack
- MOT'd until June 2020
In the early 1990s, Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo decided that the best advertisement for the brand would be a reliable supercar that was designed to be used, not locked away and pampered. The result was the Ferrari 456, a 5,474cc V-12-powered, 436bhp, four-seat grand tourer that did exactly that. For a time, the 456 was the fastest production four-seater, with a top speed of 188mph and a 0-60 time of 5.1 seconds and its Pininfarina-designed body with sloping-bonnet and pop-up headlamps made it a popular car. Regularly used and properly serviced, these practical Ferraris have gained the reputation as reliable grand tourers.
With the choice of either a six-speed manual (GT) or a four-speed automatic (GTA), the 456 was launched in 1992 and facelifted in 1998, when it gained the 'M' or Modificata designation. Although performance remained the same using the Bosch Motronic engine management system, there were numerous improvements with a refined interior, carbon fibre bonnet and enhanced aerodynamics.
This right-hand drive Modificata 456M GTA was built in the year 2000 and is finished in the wonderful colour combination of metallic blue with cream Connolly leather interior. Described by the vendor as being in 'very good' condition throughout, it presents very well and comes complete with an MOT certificate with no advisories until June 2020. A full book pack and documented service details are present, including a receipt for £2,262 for the critical cambelt change and service plus other work at 46,064 miles since when the car has gained very little mileage. An online MOT history check shows regular inspections and use back as far as 2007.
With a very sensible reserve, low mileage and a good recent service history, this car offers the prospect of a huge amount of prancing horse excitement for its next owner.