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The car entered production on Thursday 11th June 1998 and was completed just over three weeks later on Monday 6th July. Finished in Blu Tour de France 522 with beige hide 4208 with dark blu carpets 168.Additionally the car was optioned with a blu dashboard and blu steering wheel. Upon completion the car was transported to Ferrari UK-one of 139 of which 97 appear to remain in the UK and just 35 in blue- and in turn to the then dealers Ferrari agents, Evans Halshaw of Birmingham, where it was first registered on the 6th November 1998 to 59-year-old company director, Mr Michael H of Worcestershire. The then list price (1st April 1998) was £173,588.63 excluding delivery, number plates and road tax. The blue dashboard (DSH1) added £468.00 whilst the blue steering wheel (STW1) £204.00. Mr Horton used the car “lightly” and apparently forgot that he had it!
The car passed via the respected Ferrari specialists Forza 288 and Bob Houghton, to the second owner ,65-year-retired company director, Mr Andrew S of Dorset with 2,554 miles in August 2016 following a service by Bob Houghton.
The penultimate owner 59-year-old company director Mr Kevin F of Surrey bought the car once again from Forza 288,in December 2018 with a just turned 3,000 miles on the odometer. Unfortunately, a change in circumstances has meant the car has become available once again
The last owner Mr Michael H of Surrey bought the car from ourselves in May 2019 with 3,497 miles following an annual service by ourselves and MOT and new set of Pirelli tyres to replace the original 21 year old items!
The car is complete with factory replacement service books with 7 service stamps-, wallet, tools, both keys and all three immobilisers.
History: , in its GT and automatic gearbox GTA guises, is the evolution of Ferrari’s highly successful interpretation of its traditional 2+2 models. First introduced in 1992, the 456 GT was the marque’s first car designed with the 21st century in mind and has been much appreciated by Maranello’s clients for the way it provides saloon-class comfort and roominess combined with class-leading performance.
A true four-seater coupé, the 456 GT was also the first modern Ferrari to revert to a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout, with the gearbox in unit with the rear differential for ideal weight distribution as well as plenty of space for passengers and luggage.
The GT version of the 456M complete with six-speed plus reverse manual gearbox was an evolution of a model that proved particularly popular with owners that wanted an authentic Ferrari that was still capable of seating four and very versatile to boot.
Continuing the marque tradition in the 2+2 sector, the Pininfarina-designed 456M GT combines the blistering performance of a 5.474 cc V12 with the comfort and liveability of grand tourer. A front-mounted engine and rear-mounted gearbox was the most rational choice to achieve more cabin space and benchmark driveability and safety.
Particular attention was lavished on the car’s aerodynamics yielding a clear front design and involving the adoption a retractable wing integrated into the rear bumper. Front axle life was optimised by the specific shape front bumper spoiler and bonnet as well as work done on the rear diffuser.
The 456 M GT had a tubular steel chassis to which light aluminium panels were spot-welded using a specially-treated foil known as Feran. This meant that the chassis had both the lightness of aluminium and the stiffness of steel. To keep weight down, the front bonnet was carbon-fibre.
The four-seater cabin was trimmed in Connolly leather. The seats were electronically adjustable with position memory. The instruments were analogue with multiple gauges. The 456 M GT also sported a fully automatic climate control system with solar radiation sensor, and stereo system.
The tubular steel spaceframe chassis was linked to four-wheel independent suspension with stabiliser arms and double wishbones with antidive geometry. The electronically-controlled gas dampers had two settings. The Servotronic power-assisted was rack and pinion while the brakes had four ventilated discs with ABS and an electronic rear brake corrector. The car also featured an evolved ASR traction control system linked to the antiskid system which greatly improved safety even in the trickiest of conditions.
The 442 hp 5474 cc front 65° V12 was longitudinally mounted. It had four valves per cylinder with twin overhead cam distribution. The engine management system was the Bosch M5.2. There was also dry single-plate clutch and dry sump lubrication.
Taken from Ferrari’s own website
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