19-20 January 2017
2001 Ferrari 456M GT
- Chassis no. ZFFWL44A710124619
Sold for $148,500
- Recent timing belt service by a Ferrari specialist
- Just under 4,450 miles from new
- Rare and desirable six-speed manual example
At the 40th anniversary celebrations of Garage Francorchamps in Brussels, Belgium, in 1992, Ferrari chose to introduce its newest four-seater grand touring car, the 456. Featuring an all-new 65-degree V-12, this was a dramatic departure from the outgoing 412, boasting elegant Pininfarina styling that was sure to propel Ferrari into the 21st century whilst harkening back to the elegant GT cars of the 1950s and 1960s.
Of course, as a four-seater Ferrari grand-tourer, its performance was exceptional. The 456’s V-12 was capable of producing 442 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, and it could reach speeds of over 186 mph and accelerate from 0–60 mph in 5.2 seconds, which were quite impressive performance figures for its day. Gorgeously appointed throughout, it boasted a full leather interior with electronically adjustable front seats and was outfitted with all the requisite luxuries, including electric windows and doors, an eight-speaker stereo system with a CD player, and air conditioning. For those riding in the rear, there was more than enough space for two adults for a short journey.
For 1998, Ferrari introduced an updated version of the 456, dubbed the 456M. This introduced a number of subtle changes throughout to improve the overall driving experience but kept the overall feel and personality of the car. New seats were fitted and the dashboard was revised, the hood scoops were removed, and a slightly larger grille was fitted; further, the 456M received a fixed undercarriage spoiler in place of the original motorized spoiler. Horsepower and performance remained unchanged. As was the case with the original 456, an all-synchromesh six-speed transaxle manual gearbox was standard, but buyers could also opt for an automatic transmission.
Finished in a seldom seen and attractive color combination of Blu Pozzi over a light blue leather interior with contrasting dark blue piping, this particular 456 remains in wonderful condition throughout. According to its original window sticker, it was outfitted with brake calipers in aluminum and Scuderia Ferrari shields, as well as color-matched stitching and a color-matched steering wheel. Currently, the car shows less than 4,450 miles from new on its odometer and remains ready for further road use following a recent belt service by a Ferrari specialist. Importantly, it retains all of its original books, keys with remotes, and its original toolkit. While the car is currently fitted with a Tubi exhaust, the original exhaust will be included in the sale.
For the enthusiast looking for a subtle automobile with exceptional performance and true grand-touring credentials, a 456M GT would be a perfect choice. With space for four plus luggage and powered by a front-engined V-12 with nearly 450 horsepower on tap, this would be the perfect choice for cross-country trips at speed whilst remaining under the radar.
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