Lot Description

This Ferrari 456M GTA is an exceptionally well-documented example of the handsome grand tourer, presented in an eye-catching factory colour scheme. Under the bonnet is a 5.5-litre naturally aspirated V12, producing around 436bhp, coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. The odometer shows just 42,245 miles from new, which is fully supported by its history file.

An original UK-market car, this 456M was first registered on 8 March 2000, and now has six previous registered keepers from new. The current owner acquired it from a noted independent Ferrari specialist, Foskers in Kent, in April 2016 and has kept the car well maintained with annual servicing since then. In addition, since being purchased by the seller - and except for when in use or out for servicing - the car has been kept in humidity-controlled storage with Foskers. Copies of available invoices for storage will be provided to the next owner.

The bodywork and paint are reported to be in good condition, finished in the attractive and desirable hue of Blu Tour de France. There are some small stone chips and blemishes in the common wear areas, and a few minor spots of bubbling in the paint. However, in general the car presents well. The seller believes that the carbon-fibre bonnet has previously been resprayed, and there may have been remedial paintwork to other areas in the past, though there has been nothing significant during the seller’s ownership regarding paintwork.

As the later ‘Modificata’ variant, this Ferrari features the fog lights recessed into the front grille, taking a classic styling cue from the likes of the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. Since leaving the factory, enamelled metal Scuderia shields have been applied to the front wings, and the car has more recently been fitted with straight-through exhaust pipes and new silencers that enhance the noise of the mighty V12. It rides on what are believed to be the original 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, which present in very good order.

Inside, this 456M is trimmed in buttery tan Connolly leather throughout, and the upholstery remains in good condition. It benefits from having had some re-connolising and refurbishment work carried out during the seller’s ownership. There are minor marks and scuffs as you would expect from a car that turned 20 years old earlier this year, but again it is in generally impressive order. The circular air vent bezels of the ‘Modificata’ hark back to the style of the 1960s Ferraris, and the factory-fitted equipment includes electric windows, air-conditioning, and a ‘Sport’ mode button that firms up the suspension.

This car has evidently been well maintained from new, as shown by the summary below. For around the last decade, it has been cared for exclusively by Foskers, where the team has carried out regular servicing and three cambelt replacements in that time.

Its last scheduled maintenance was in August 2020, which was a full service that included renewal of the cambelts, so the car is ready to enjoy with this major maintenance item already completed. Prior to this, it was also serviced in July 2019, which included a cooling system flush and refill, a replacement offside front brake pipe, new front brake ducting, and handbrake adjustment; and in May 2018, which was an annual service and inspection.

A variety of other maintenance has been carried immediately prior to and since the seller purchased the car. This has included renewal of the handbrake shoes, work to certain brake lines and brake discs, repairs to the air-conditioning and heating system - including an overhaul of the compressor - refinishing of some internal switches and trim, and a detailed machine polishing session.

The most recent MOT test was on 23 July 2020 at 42,242 miles, when it achieved a first-time pass with no advisories - the same result as each time since 2012, covering some 7,000 miles on the road. The wheels are shod in the correct fitment Bridgestone Expedia tyres on all four corners, which appear to have a good level of tread remaining.

Accompanying the car is the leather book wallet, owner’s manual, dealer directory, and a replacement maintenance record from Maranello Concessionaires, which has been filled out with details of all known prior services. The last two services have not yet been stamped in the service book, but these will be added by Foskers at or prior to the time of sale. The Ferrari tool kit is also present.

This Ferrari 456M GTA is understood to be one of just 171 examples built in right-hand drive, so it is not only a stylish long-distance grand tourer, but also a very rare GT. While nobody should make the mistake of believing a 12-cylinder Ferrari can be run on a budget, these cars do represent remarkable value compared to their contemporaries, and are great fun to drive on fast open roads. This particular example has been very well maintained over the years, and comes with an extensive history file, which makes it a tempting prospect for both collectors and first-time Ferrari buyers alike.

Summary of service history:

  • 21/01/2002 - 6,131 miles (Maranello Egham)
  • 14/03/2003 - 9,652 miles (Maranello Egham) inc. belts 
  • 24/01/2004 - 10,780 miles (Rosso Corsa Kew)
  • 06/04/2005 - 17,421 miles (Rosso Corsa Kew) inc. belts 
  • 19/06/2006 - 27,185 miles (Dick Lovett Swindon) 
  • 16/10/2007 - 29,608 miles (Fiorano Cars) inc. belts
  • 19/09/2008 - 30,459 miles (Fiorano Cars)
  • 30/07/2010 - 34,292 miles (Foskers) inc. belts
  • 01/08/2011 - 35,551 miles (Foskers)
  • 27/03/2013 - 35,689 miles (Foskers) inc. belts
  • Undated - 37,074 miles (Foskers)
  • 31/03/2016 - 39,375 miles (Foskers)
  • 27/04/2017 - 40,516 miles (Foskers)
  • 17/05/2018 - 41,420 miles (Foskers)
  • 03/07/2019 - 42,052 miles (Foskers)
  • 20/08/2020 - 42,244 miles (Foskers) inc. belts

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Car Overview

  • 42,245 miles
  • automatic
  • RHD
  • Blu Tour de France
  • Tan leather
  • 5.5L V12
  • VINZFFWP50C000114800

Lot Overview

  • Lot #01289
  • private Sale
  • Kent, United Kingdom


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