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Produced from 1992 until 2003, the Ferrari 456 and later 456 M are front-engined 'Grand Tourers' in true Ferrari tradition, and were an overdue replacement for the outdated front-engined 412 which had been the company's premium four-seat V12 car for many years. The name '456' refers to the fact that each cylinder displaces 456 cubic centimeters and this was the last Ferrari to use this naming convention. Despite its supercar performance, 436bhp, 0-60mph in 5.2 secs, and a top speed of 188mph, the 456 has a relatively unstressed engine which has proven to be a very reliable unit. Its looks are smooth and understated, and distinctive external features include a small grille with fog lights on the outside, bonnet-mounted air scoops (removed on the 456M), a motorised undercarriage spoiler that begins its deployment above 65 mph and pop-up headlights, making this the last Ferrari to do so. The model was warmly received by press and enthusiasts alike, and although not produced in large numbers was always gently in demand by 'silver-haired' Ferrari owners before the 456M was eventually replaced in 2004 by the 612 Scaglietti. This particular Ferrari 456 GTA automatic was sold new to its first owner, a Mr D. Bralsford on 27th May 1997, by the then sole Channel Islands Distributor of Ferraris, Melbourne Garage in Jersey. Finished in Grigio Titanio with a Blue leather interior, this car is supplied with a matching set of leather, Ferrari fitted luggage. The service book shows the following service records: Date Specialist Mileage 8.4.99 JDK Maranello 2,025 28.4.00 Five Oaks 2,954 18.9.01 Five Oaks 3,319 22.7.04 Maufant Garage 3,942 20.10.10 Seaton Garage 4,562 10.4.15 Paul Keens 6,357 With its complete book pack, spare keys, Ferrari trickle charger and dust cover, this example, now showing just over 6,686 miles, has recently been the recipient of a full service at a Ferrari Main Dealer in the UK. Supplied with a UK V5c and fresh MoT, this wonderful 456 has to be one of the lowest mileage examples on offer at the moment and presents a special opportunity for any collector. We highly recommend viewing this V12 Grand Tourer as prices of front-engined Ferraris continue to climb.
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