Lot 428: 1996 Ferrari 456GT
The 456 was the long awaited replacement for the 400 series which had been Ferrari's flag ship four-seater for over 12 years. Two versions were produced, the GT and theGTA, the difference being that the latter was fitted with an automatic transmission The design of the car With its flowing lines penned by Pininfarina, replacing the hard edges of the previous '80s model, its design was an instant hit. Many styling cues from the 456 set trends in the industry and for Ferrari this can still be seen in its current designs. The passing of time has been very kind to the 456, and with hindsight one can see that the styling, like other Pininfarina work, was well in advance of its time.At the heart of the car is a 5.,474cc, 65 V12 engine, derived, surprisingly, from the Dino V6 rather than the more conventional 60 V12s. The engine could propel the 3,726lb car to 187mph, making it the world's fastest production four-seater passenger car, together with acceleration to 60mph in just 5.1 seconds. At the time of the car's development it was, apart, of course, from the F40, the most powerful road car ever developed by Ferrari. Essentially, the engine is a detuned version of the one that powers both the 550 and 575, but despite its supercar performance the 456 has a relatively unstressed engine which has proven to be a very reliable unit.The chassis is a tubular steel spaceframe construction with a one-piece composite bonnet and body panels formed in aluminium, with the panels are welded to the chassis using a special 'sandwich filler' called 'feran' that, when laid between, allows steel and aluminuim to be welded.This elegant, understated, six speed manual grand tourer is presented in the highly desirable colour combination of Nero Black with matching full leather interior, together with the added up-grade of a set after-market Ferrari 575 alloy wheels. The beauty of this car is that it is just as happy around town as it is cruising the motorways of Europe. So much so that the current owner has done just that, using the car as a daily vehicle in which to commute to work and back as well as for touring Europe. Supplied in excellent condition, and with less than 50,000 miles covered, it comes complete with air conditioning, CD autochanger and alarm system, together with a full service history from Maranello, H.R.Owen, Graypaul, Joe Macari and Verdi, all top Ferrari specialists, V5 registration document and current MoT test certificate.
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