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1999 Ferrari 456M

Lot No.: 308

Registration: T127 GBL
Chassis Number: ZFFWP44C000114977
Engine Number: 52269
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5474cc
Year of Manufacture: 1999
Sold for (£): 118,125

The Ferrari 456 and 456 M are front-engined Grand Tourers produced from 1992 until 2003. It was an overdue replacement for the defunct front-engined 412 as the company's premium 4-seat V12 car and was warmly received by the motoring community. The updated 456M was replaced in 2004 by the 612 Scaglietti, making it the last Ferrari model to use pop-up headlamps.

The 'Modificata' 456 M appeared in 1998, starting with chassis number 109589. Many changes were made to improve aerodynamics and cooling, and the interior, still featuring Connolly leather, was freshened up with new seats and other detailing.

The 456 has a smaller grille with fog lights outside the grille. The 456 also had hood-mounted air scoops which were removed on the 456 M. The undercarriage spoiler on the 456 M is fixed where the older 456 had a motorized spoiler that began its deployment above 65 mph. Power was up slightly on the Modificata now using Bosch Motronic M5.2 engine management at 442bhp; the V12 firing pattern was changed for smoother running and the torque remained the same for later versions of the 456 GT.

The car offered here was sold new in the UK by Reg Vardy for the princely sum of £170,000. It boasts one registered keeper from new and has covered an incredible 400 miles from new. The car has been stored in a de-humidified garage for its entire life and has been run up to temperature regularly. As one would expect, the car is presented in 'as new' condition. The bodywork is flawless and has never seen rain, the sumptuous black interior is unmarked and the engine bay is a delight.

This Ferrari 456 Modificata must be the lowest mileage example in the country and is a unique opportunity for any collector. Supplied with all books, service wallet, original bill of sale and desirable fitted luggage, this V12 Italian thoroughbred must be seen to be believed.