14th Jun, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 74

2006 Ferrari F430 Spider
26,000 miles from new

Estimated at £70,000 - £80,000

Lot details

Registration No: WDG 430
Chassis No: ZFFEZ59C000145085
MOT: May 2024

  • Comprehensive service history (primarily main dealer)
  • Formerly the property of Premier League and Welsh International footballer, Robbie Savage
  • Recent professional detailing

'Here's a milestone car. The F430 was the first no-buts Ferrari, the first Maranello product for which no excuses needed to be made. It was regarded by most critics as, if not perfect, as close to theoretical Ferrari road-car perfection as a Ferrari had ever been' (John Simister, EVO magazine, March 12th 2013).

Unveiled at the Geneva Salon in March 2005, the F430 Spider was a modest 70kg heavier than its Berlinetta sibling. However, the structural strengthening this weight gain allowed meant that the newcomer was a dynamic match for its fixed roof stablemate under most circumstances (Richard Bremner commenting, in Autocar magazine, that he was only aware of any loss of rigidity perhaps one percent of the time). Styled by Pininfarina under the guidance of Frank Stephenson, the F430 Spider featured a reinforced windscreen and twin steel rollover hoops and could retract its fabric roof under an aluminium 'double bubble' tonneau cover in twenty seconds. The elliptical air intakes which dominated its nose recalled those of the Ferrari 156 'Sharknose' F1 car, while its tail treatment echoed that of the marque's revered Enzo hypercar. A flat underbody and highly effective rear diffuser generated real downforce as did the subtle but effective lip spoiler on the glazed engine cover. The F430 in both open and closed versions was the first modern Ferrari to feature an electronically controlled limited slip differential or 'E-diff' and a steering wheel-mounted 'manettino' switch. The latter enabled the driver to choose between five driving modes (altering the throttle, steering, damping and traction control settings etc in each instance). Derived from that of its F360 predecessor, the two-seater's aluminium chassis boasted improved torsional stiffness and played host to all-round independent suspension, four-wheel vented disc brakes (complete with ABS) and power assisted rack and pinion steering. Displacing 4308cc, its 'quad cam', 32-valve V8 was quoted as developing 483bhp and 343lbft of torque. Allied to either manual or F1-style 'paddle shift' transmission (both six-speed), it enabled the F430 Spider to sprint from 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds and onto over 193mph. The engine was also an aural delight with distinct 'key changes' at 4,500rpm and 7,000rpm on the way to its 8,500rpm redline. Naturally, such throttle induced music was best enjoyed roof down aboard a Spider! Notable as the penultimate naturally-aspirated, V8 mid-engined Ferrari, and built in smaller numbers than its 458 successor, the F430 remains a 'tour de force' for any enthusiast driver.

Supplied new via JCT600 of Leeds to English Rose Hotels (Yorkshire) Ltd, chassis 145085 was initially finished in Bianco Fuji with Red interior accents (dashboard, door cards, centre console etc) and Beige leather seats. Briefly belonging to the premier league and Welsh International footballer Robbie Savage who was playing for Blackburn Rovers at the time, his choice of a F430 Spider was echoed by none other than Lionel Messi. Retained by Yorkshire businessman A. Hussain Esq from 2007 – 2017, the Ferrari was sold to its last registered keeper six years ago. The accompanying maintenance booklet reveals that the appropriately registered ‘WDG 430’ has been serviced at 1,889, 5,630, 6,637, 11,141, 13,024, 14,307, 18,009, 23,538 and 25,316 miles. The odometer currently shows a warranted 26,000 miles and the vendor tells us that the Spider ‘drives beautifully’. Professionally repainted in a more typical shade of ‘Rosso Corsa’ at some stage, the two-seater has also had its soft-top renewed and the right-hand exhaust manifold repaired (a common F430 weakness). Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, tool kit, air compressor, book pack and assorted invoices from Carrs Ferrari and Italia Autosport plus a fresh MOT certificate with ‘no advisories’.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 14th Jun, 2023

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