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The certificate of conformity-essential if the car was to be exported- shows the car to have been completed on the 24th August 1998 It was shipped to the UK where it was delivered new and first registered to Dr D. D of Leicestershire by the Ferrari agents Graypaul, on the 19th March 1999, with a then list price in of £176,167.00 plus delivery, number plates and road tax. Gold brake callipers were also factory optioned at some £400.
The second owner Mr John H of Kent bought the car from Graypaul, on the 27th July 2008 with some 687 recorded miles, for £70,000. He had Graypaul refinish the brake callipers black-now aluminium grey- and Zymol polished.
Following an independent road test and report by Rardley, long standing Ferrari owner, and multiple 456 owner and the current 612 owner, Mr David T of Surrey, bought the car with 721 miles, from Mr H for £53,950, on the 8th June 2009, in a deal brokered by Peter Parker. The car joined a second 456 M GTA (which David had had refinished from metallic silver to grigio Silverstone to match his 612! We sold this silver-grey car in September 2009.) Larini sports rear exhaust boxes were fitted -£1490 plus fitting. David then used this 456 and his 612, covering some 7,000 miles.
Purchased by, Mr Giuseppe (Joe)V from Berkshire, who bought the car with 7,800 miles, from ourselves, in September 2010. During his ownership, he had the stereo upgraded with a Ferrari 430 original item, front and rear parking sensors and the headlamps upgraded to HID units.
Just over four years later and following a full cam belt replacement service by ourselves the car was bought by the penultimate owner, Mr Alan T of Surrey with 13,565 miles on the 14th November 2014, to replace a 355 spider.
The last owner, Mr Martin S of Huddersfield, who bought the car from myself on the 22nd June 2016 with 14,952 miles
The car is complete with factory original service book with nine stamps, wallet, tools, both keys and all three immobilisers.
Brussels, Belgium: Skilfully blending styling and engineering cues from its past, Ferrari unveiled a handsome, powerful and precedent-setting 2+2 just prior to the Paris Auto Show, in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of their Belgian distributor and racing team, Garage Francorchamps. According to Ferrari NA President Gian-Luigi Buitoni: "This is the second model of this car. We actually started four years ago. First, Pininfarina presented a three-volume design, but it was rejected as not being aggressive enough. We wanted something different from the 412i - distinguished, with much more personality."
The result resembles a born-again 365 GTB/4 Daytona, especially from the rear. Ferrari historians will note the intention was not to update the old 365 GTC/4, a sporty, but undistinguished-looking four-seater loosely based on the Daytona, but instead to move closer to a sportier definition. "We have clients today who don't want to give up the performance of a Testarossa, but they must have more room," said Buitoni. "You can sit in the back of this car and not be an infant."
Even with the kids along, 456 GT 2+2 owners sacrifice very little. Under the lightweight, composite bonnet is a new all-alloy 4-cam, 48-valve, 5.5-litre V-12 developing a league-leading 442bhp at 6250rpm. Historians will note that the 456 designation makes a return to Ferrari's traditional model nomenclature. (Each cylinder displaces 456cc; multiply by twelve for 5473.9cc.) The valve covers are gray crackle finished, and the round-oil breathers are reminiscent of those on the old 250/275-series cars.
In order to achieve a low, pancaked bonnet line, the V-12 is dry-sumped. Three separate oil pumps ensure maximum pressure right to its 7250 rpm redline. Special ducting sprays oil to the underside of the alloy pistons for added cooling. The latest Bosch Motronic M2.7 digital injection is lower, and more efficient than a sextet of classic twin-choke Webers, even if its gray, crackle-finished plenum chambers aren't as pretty as the line-up of twelve chromed velocity stacks.
To optimise weight distribution (its 53:47) in a front-engined car, the motor is set back considerably in the tubular steel frame. A flywheel-mounted, single-plate clutch transmits power through a propshaft that's supported with three bearings. The propshaft runs through an elliptically shaped steel torque-tube that is rigidly connected from the clutch to a new six-speed transaxle, then to a ZF mechanical limited-slip differential with plates calibrated to distinguish between drive modes and overrun. To reduce frictional losses when the car is in top gear, sixth is direct drive. A 250 GTO-like polished shifter travels in a traditional Ferrari webbed gate. It is mechanically linked to the transaxle for positive shifting - and in keeping with Ferrari tradition, it probably hates to shift into second until thoroughly warmed up.
Suspension is all independent with parallel wishbones, and coil springs in each corner. Fat stabiliser bars at either end help keep the suspension thoroughly planted. Electronically-controlled shock absorbers (like the Mondial T's) offer sport, intermediate and touring settings, but they return immediately to the "hard" setting in an emergency thanks to an ECU and sensors that measure steering angle, shock "bounce" and acceleration. A self-levelling device compensates for the weight of rear seat passengers while maintaining body height and ensuring constant rear suspension geometry.
A chunky, three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel gives orders to ZF "Servotronic" power-assisted, speed sensitive rack and pinion steering. Pressure for the self-levelling system comes from the steering pump. Four huge ventilated discs handle braking with aluminium callipers; ATE Mark IV ABS brakes are standard. The five-spoke alloy wheels are Daytona-like, and the fat, unequally sized Pirelli P-Zeros artfully fill the 2+2's neatly radiused fenderwells.
The 456 are somewhat lighter and shorter (186.2 in) than the old 412i, thanks to its extensive use of aluminium and initial venture into composites (the bonnet is the first composite part). Pininfarina's subtle styling will last for years. There's a hint of aggressiveness, yet the overall effect is one of veiled strength and function. A flat, sloping bonnet line aids visibility. A bold cut line on each side defines the top edge of a rearward-facing scoop that exhausts engine heat, then gracefully encircles the 456's meaty rear quarters. A moving spoiler, integrated into the rear bumper, is lowered electronically at speeds above 60 mph, to reduce axle lift.
The result is a pleasing C-pillar curvature that is far more coupe-like than is usually achieved with a car that can realistically hold four adults. Shoulder harnesses extend from the front seatbacks. Deep bucket seats front and rear feel very supportive. Bold, readable dials are well located. The crossed Pininfarina flags on the console are reminiscent of the old SuperAmerica.
Taken from Ferrari Market Letter Vol.17 No.22 (October 1992)
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