Lot 188 - 1998 Ferrari 456M GTA
|Odometer reading||82,499 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £38,080|
After discontinuing 412 production in late 1989, Ferrari had been operating without a front-engined model of any description for the first time in their history. By 1992 though, the firm were ready to re-enter the GT market with the gorgeous 456. A modern day version of the 365 GTC/4 produced for just 18 months back in 1971/72, the 456 was clearly influenced by the GTC/4 in concept and style along with that car's glamorous stable-mate, the GTB/4 Daytona.
Whereas the outgoing Berlinas had gradually lost more and more ground on their mid-engined counterparts, Ferrari were keen to ensure the 456 was a match for its two-seat models. Sprinting from 0-60 in just 5.3 seconds and capable of a top speed of 186mph, the 456 could also lap Fiorano several seconds quicker than a 512TR and 348. Pininfarina produced an exceptionally clean design, one devoid of wings, flares or blisters but nevertheless aggressive enough to hint at its massive performance. It was quite possibly the best looking 2+2 of all time.
Presented in beautiful metallic blue and first registered in August 1998 and sold by Grey Paul, Loughborough, this 456 M GTA has, frankly, had a pampered existence with bills for service and aftercare at Ferrari specialists Foskers Engineering and Whitehouse Ferrari amounting to over £70,000. Assessing the history file it is clear that this example has wanted for nothing with regards to maintenance culminating in a recent service with NVS Hyper cars as recently as January 2016. Cambelts were changed at 47,000, 62,000 and 72,396 miles, whilst the 110,000kms interval service included the transmission service; again by Foskers.
This beautiful GT is fitted with a tracker system and is accompanied by an impressive history file together with a valid MoT test certificate until January 2017, the servicing record and leather Ferrari owner's document wallet. A modern-day Daytona with room for two in the back - this Ferrari is sure to attract significant interest.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.