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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456 and later 456 M are front-engined ‘Grand Tourers' in true Ferrari tradition and were an overdue replacement for the outdated, front-engined 412 which had been the company's premium four-seat V12 car for many years.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 centimetres and this was the last Ferrari to use this naming convention. Despite its supercar performance, 436bhp, 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds, 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), 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 UK right-hand drive, 456 GTA is the later “M” (Modificata) version which features improved aerodynamics and cooling, later more comfortable seats, a carbon fibre bonnet and a later Becker stereo system. Acquired by our private BRDC member vendor from Romans in 2016 for £90,000, the car is an absolutely exceptional example of the model having covered just over 4,400 miles from new.
The service history, despite the extremely low mileage, is fully comprehensive from new with main dealers annually up until 2015 and then visits to noted specialists Bob Houghton in 2017, Peter Chambers Automotive in 2019 (cam belts changed) and again in July 2020.
The mileage is backed up by the MOT and service history and is therefore warranted.
Finished from new in its original colour of Tour De France Blue with a superbly crafted interior in Sabbia Sand, it retains its original engine, gearbox and all mechanicals making this a 'matching numbers' example.
Presented beautifully and wearing all original paintwork, this is a special car in which to relax and enjoy traditional Ferrari V12 GT motoring.
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