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Ferrari 456: Buying guide and review (1992-2003)

Ferrari 456: Buying guide and review (1992-2003) Classic and Performance Car
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Until the 456 arrived, the notion of a Ferrari that was suited to everyday use was pretty fanciful. Then this understated GT was unleashed, marking a return for Ferrari to the front-engined V12 grand tourer, last seen with its Daytona.
Here was a car that was beautifully built, offered amazing performance (a 188mph top speed made it the world’s fastest production four-seater), could accommodate the kids – if they were small – and yet the 456 was easy to drive as well. It was the Ferrari that was as at home ambling around Kensington as it was blasting across Europe.
Now the 456 is in that twilight zone; it’s not a fully fledged classic Ferarri but it’s no longer new enough to appeal to a certain type of buyer. As a result values are about as low as they’ll ever get – although really good cars are already starting to go up in value.
Which one to buy?
The usual rules apply when buying a specialist car such as this; only consider 456s with a full service history that have been maintained by a respected specialist. You can’t run one of these cars cheaply, so expect to see plenty of receipts for work done.
If you’re a track day fiend you’re unlikely to buy a 456 but even if you’re just a keen driver you’ll probably want a car with a manual gearbox. If you’re happy to go for a pre-facelift car that’s fine as there’s a decent number of three-pedal cars around. The thing is, the 456M is the cream of the crop, and especially so in manual form. But with just 33 right-hand drive examples brought into the UK, you’ll have your work cut out trying to find one. And of course when you do find one, you’ll pay more for one of these than any other 456.
Most 456 buyers just want to cruise though, and that’s what this car does best. A grand tourer in the classic style, the 456 handles brilliantly and is very fast, but it’s best suited to covering huge distances in comfort. As such, it’s worth buying a 456 GTA – the automatic edition – as this makes light work of traffic queues, yet the transmission is decent enough to make brisk driving a joy. Even better, automatic 456s are generally cheaper than equivalent manuals.
Performance and specs
Ferrari 456M GT
Engine 5474cc, V12
Power 442bhp @ 6250rpm
Torque 405lb ft @ 4500rpm
Top speed 192mph
0-60mph 5.2sec
Fuel consumption 13mpg
Gearbox Six-speed manual
Dimensions and weight
Wheelbase 2600mm
Length 4730mm
Width 1920mm
Height 1300mm
Weight 1690kg
Common problems
• There shouldn’t be any sign of corrosion anywhere on the 456’s steel bodyshell (the roof is aluminium), although you should check the rear window surround and rear wheelarches anyway – if there is any rust, this is where it’ll be.

• There won’t be any bonnet corrosion as it’s made of glassfibre; the 456M got a carbonfibre panel. As a result it’s massively expensive to replace or repair, so make sure it’s not damaged in any way.

• The engine’s tappets are manually adjustable, which adds to the service costs. expect the engine to sound tappety even when set up correctly.

• That long nose means it gets grounded, and the radiator suffers as a result, along with the air conditioning condenser.

• The coolant hoses down the centre of the V can perish and crack; they’re best replaced with silicone hoses. Fitting a complete set of new hoses shouldn’t break the bank, but leave things as they are and the V12 will be cooked – and that’ll mean big bills are guaranteed.

• Exhaust systems age and can get damaged, with replacements extremely costly – a factory system is major money which is why many owners resort to an aftermarket system which increases power and sounds more fruity.

• The cam belts need to be replaced every 31,250 miles, but it’s not an engine-out job so the cost of doing this shouldn’t be especially high.

• Clutches on manual cars often last no more than 15,000 miles, although it’s possible to double this with careful driving.

• The 456’s fine dynamics are largely down to the high-tech electronically controlled dampers. They’re wondrous but prone to leaking, and unsurprisingly they’re very expensive to replace, so don’t buy a car that needs fresh dampers unless you’ve haggled accordingly.

• Brakes don’t last long, especially where autos are concerned. Hard driving can wear out a set of pads in as little as 3,000 miles; even in normal use it’s not unusual to get just 8,000 miles from a set. A set of brake discs typically lasts all of 10,000 miles, but cars used only very sparingly (which is most of them) tend to suffer from corroded discs which can massively increase the frequency with which parts need to be replaced.

• Make sure the windows close properly; the regulators give problems leading to gaps at the top of the glass. Replacing both costs a lot more than you might think which is why you need to listen out for excessive wind noise from around the windows on the test drive.

• Check all of the electrics, as any failures are pretty much guaranteed to cost plenty to fix. Focus on the pop-up headlights and the air-con/heating.
Model history
1992: Ferrari launches the 456, to replace the Mondial. The first cars arrive in the UK in 1993, priced at £140,000.
9/96: There’s now an automatic option, the GTa, with a four-speed gearbox.
4/98: A facelifted car goes on sale; the 456M (for Modificato), with a facelifted nose; there are now circular fog lights set into the grille. The bonnet top is made of carbon fibre from this point on, but most importantly the suspension is overhauled; it now incorporates electronic management tied into the anti-lock braking system. Again, there’s an automatic edition, the 456M GTA.
Key clubs and websites

• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk
• www.fcars.co.uk
• www.ferrariownersclub.org
• www.clubscuderia.co.uk
• http://ferrariownersclub.net

Summary and prices

£50,000 is the sensible entry point into 456 ownership today. There are cars out there for less, but buying one with a patchy service history will probably end up with huge bills in the short term. At the upper end of the scale, low mileage 456Ms can command up to £85,000. There is generally a small premium for manual cars.
Equally at home in the role of a daily driver as it is a long distance tourer, the 456 is an ideal starter Ferrari. Values have traditionally been lower for Ferrari’s 2+2 models, and this just makes these cars all the more desirable, as they provide similar pace and thrills with added practicality.
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Last updated: 22nd Jan 2016
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  • Ferrari 456

    €89,000(£79,868.60) €89,000(£79,868.60)

    Specifications Year of manufacture: 10/07/1997 Chassis number: ZFFWP44B000109188 Exterior color: Blu Tour de France Interior color: Beige leather Mileage: 37 500 Km HP: 442cv Engine displacement: 5474 cm3 Gearbox: Manual Service book: Yes Delivery country: Italy History Delivered new in July 1997 in Modena. This car is in exceptional interior / exterior condition and has only 37 500 km from new. We also have the original service book and user manuals. Maintenance The vehicle has just been fully checked including a distribution on May 2015 at 36 574 Km in Ferrari dealership (stamp on the maintenance book and invoice). We revised the rear suspension in September 2015. Warranty The vehicle will be sold revised and guaranteed 3 months or 5000 Km Price 89 000 € Ad link http://www.jeanlainvintage.com/vehicule/13102-ferrari-456-gt/ Find us and contact us Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / +334 79 88 66 36 – Jérôme Millias +337 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans France Jean Lain Vintage – Workshop and restoration / +334 50 84 21 80 9 Rue de la Californie 74 100 Ville-la-Grand France info@jeanlainvintage.com http://jeanlainvintage.com/ Opening hours From Monday to Friday, 8am to 12am and 2pm to 7pm Saturday and Sunday on appointment

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 37500 mi
    For sale
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  • Ferrari 456

    £89,995 £89,995

    We are very pleased to offer this absolutely immaculate Ferrari 456 to the market Finished in Argento Nurbugring with Dark Navy leather interior, this car is supplied with a matching set of leather, Ferrari fitted luggage. A very refreshing change to the more common Tour de France Blue with Crème Sold new to Mr D. Bralsford on 27th May 1997, by the then sole Channel Islands Distributor of Ferraris, Melbourne Garage in Jersey. Sold to Mr Stephen J Marie 30th Sept 2009 An invoice for £148,485.00 and a letter from the supplying dealer offering to collect the first owner from the airport and taking him to lunch accompanies various large invoices throughout the years on regular maintenance, no expense has been spared on this car. The service book shows the following: Date Specialist Mileage 8.4.99 JDK Maranello 2,025 28.4.00 Five Oaks 2,954 18.9.01 Five Oaks 3,319 22.7.04 Maufant Garage 3,942 20.10.10 Seaton Garage 4,562 10.4.15 Paul Keens 6,357 large service and cambelts This 456 must be one of the most exceptional cars on the market today, not only is it one of the lowest mileage cars on offer it comes complete with. • Original bill of sale • Complete book pack • Spare keys • Ferrari trickle charger • Ferrari dust cover • Matching set of leather Ferrari fitted luggage Now showing just over 6,686 miles, It has recently been the recipient of a full service at a Ferrari Main Dealer in the UK. The car presents as new and requires absolutely nothing doing to it Supplied with current V5c and fresh MoT, Export enquiries welcomed

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 6600 mi
    • Engine size: 5.5
    For sale
  • Ferrari 456 GT


    - Supplied new in the UK to European lefthand drive specification by HR Owen at a cost of _153,000 - Regularly maintained by aircraft mechanic Andrew Harmer of Brooke Garage, Norwich - Original factory wallet with service and handbooks, original sales brochure, large collection of old invoices, tax discs and MOTs At the time of its introduction in 1992, the 456 GT was Ferrari's most powerful road car to date (with the exception of the Race-bred F40). It was a replacement for the 412 and, in common with that model, was powered by a front-mounted V12 engine. However, rather than a 60deg unit as used previously, it was a 65deg one developed from the Dino V6. The output was 436bhp - sufficient to vault the 1690kg Prancing Horse to 62mph in around 5.2 seconds and on to a terminal speed of 188mph; making it the fastest four-seater production car of the time. The chassis was of tubular spaceframe construction, to which were added alloy body panels and a one-piece composite bonnet. Production of the various versions ran from 1992 to 2003, during which time 3,289 examples were made, of which 1,548 were manual GTs. `M117 DLW' is a lefthand drive 1995 GT finished in the pleasing combination o

    • Year: 1995
    For sale
  • 2001 (51) FERRARI 456M Coupe 5.5 GTA 2DR Automatic

    £99,995 £99,995

    DESCRIPTION AMARI is delighted to offer you this stunning Ferrari 458 GTA, which is 2001 / 51 Registered Example, in Rosso Fiorano, with Bordeaux and Sabbia Interior. Having covered 16,280 Miles, by 5 Owners. EXTERIOR This car is in presented to you in beautiful Rosso Fiorano, which truly a spectacular colour. The exterior is in an immaculate condition as you would expect. INTERIOR The interior is upholstered in contrasting Sabbia and Bordeaux throughout. Also in an immaculate condition throughout. SPECIFICATION The Specification of the 456 is as follows: Rosso Fiorano Sabbia Interior Bordeaux Interior HISTORY 27/06/2003 - 6,981 Miles - Ferrari Main Dealer (Stratstone) 15/12/2004 - 12,171 Miles - Ferrari Main Dealer (Stratstone) 29/05/2009 - 14,672 Miles - Ferrari Specialist 21/06/2010 - 14,811 Miles - Ferrari Specialist 24/05/2011 - 14,885 Miles - Ferrari Specialist 01/12/2014 - 15,049 Miles - Ferrari Specialist 23/05/2016 - 16,225 Miles - Ferrari Main Dealer (Graypaul Nottingham) The car sits on Bridgestone Expedia Tyres all around. Front: 255 x 45 x ZR17 Rear: 285 x 40 x ZR17 Tyre treads are: Front Right: 5mm Front Left: 5mm Rear Right: 4mm Rear Left: 4mm We have the original Owner Pack containing the Owner Manual, and other reference material, as well as 2 Keys and 2 Fobs. To arrange a viewing, please contact our team on 01772 663777. Viewing strictly by appointment. The Ferrari 456 and 456M (Type F116 and F116M) are front-engined grand tourers which were produced by Ferrari from 1992 to 2003. The 456 was a replacement for the defunct front-engined 412 as the company's V12-powered four seater. The updated 456M, which was the last Ferrari model to use pop-up headlamps, was replaced in 2004 by the 612 Scaglietti. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 16280 mi
    • Engine size: 5.5
    For sale
  • Ferrari 456 GT '94

    €68,000(£61,023.20) €68,000(£61,023.20)

    Lowered price from €79.950 -> €68.000 Pietro Camardella and Lorenzo Ramaciotti at Pininfarina designed the original 456 which was available in GT and (from 1996) GTA forms. The difference in name signifies the transmission: the former has a six-speed manual and the latter has a four-speed automatic developed in partnership with FF Developments. The 5.5 L (5474 cc) 65° V12 engine was derived from the Dino V6 rather than the more conventional 60° V12s used in the 412 and Daytona. Specifications >>>>> Oldtimerfarm is going to renovate! Due to renovations we are currently publishing less pictures per car on our website. For more pictures or more information please contact Xavier via phone: 0472/401338 or via e-mail: sales@oldtimerfarm.be Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course,

    • Year: 1994
    For sale
  • Ferrari 456 GTA

    £59,995 £59,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: 456 GTA First Registered: 13/09/1996 Mileage: 27,112 Miles Previous Owners: 7 Engine: 5.5ltr V12 Transmission: Auto Paint Colour: TDF Trim Colour: Nero Carpet Colour: Nero Doors: 2 Seats: 4 MOT: November 17 TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 27112 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 456

    £65,000 £65,000

    Electric Windows, 17'' Alloys We are pleased to offer this immaculate Ferrari 456M GTA finished in Tour de France Blue with Crema interior. Having completed only 19,972 miles this would make a perfect investment opportunity and must be seen to fully appreciate this highly desirable iconic example. This car has an extensive full history and has been maintained regardless of cost. All invoices are present.

    • Mileage: 19972 mi
    • Engine size: 5474
    For sale
  • Ferrari 456 GT


    The 456 GT has been originally delivered in Switzerland to its first owner in February 1995. The colour chosen was Rosso Monza (dark red metallic) with a black interior. The car shows an overall very original and very beautiful condition throughout. It has an overall mileage of 53 925 km and will be delivered with books and tools. Price: On request Note: For correct viewing please enable JavaScript.

    • Year: 1995
    For sale
  • Ferrari 456

    £69,995 £69,995

    Revealed in 1992 at Garage Francorchamps in Belgium, it was the first road car launched under the auspices of renowned former Ferrari president, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. In his own words it was ‘a totally new kind of Ferrari in every sense of the word’. A completely new 5.5-litre Ferrari V12 engine was mated to a six-speed manual transmission, with a sophisticated suspension set-up and freshly designed switchgear. In 1996, the Ferrari 456 GT four-speed automatic was launched. This Ferrari 456 GT is one of just 141 six-speed manual cars imported from Italy by Maranello Concessionaires and was first registered in May 1995. It is presented in the unusual and striking factory specification of silver Argento Nurburgring with blue hide (Connolly leather A4307) and Otranto (light blue) carpets in addition to tailored navy over mats. This Ferrari 456 GT was first registered in Jersey and was brought onto the mainland permanently in 1997. It has evidently been very well cared for throughout its life, with just five registered keepers on the logbook and a genuine low mileage of only 38,790 miles from new. An excellent example of an early model year car, this 456 GT is equipped with the highly desirable six-speed manual transmission, making it an increasingly sought after car among collectors and enthusiasts alike. An extensive file of invoices and old MOT certificates accompanies the car, and it is complete with the original tan hide tool case, leather owner's wallet and all of the original factory books. The car is in superb condition and presented with outstanding maintenance history, having 20 stamps in the service book and more recently has undergone extensive servicing by Foskers, including cam-belts, tensioners and a full annual service. For more information about this six-speed manual Ferrari 456 GT, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01474 874555 or 07921 430430.

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 38790 mi
    • Engine size: 5.5
    For sale
  • 2002 Ferrari 456 M GT

    £119,500 £119,500

    2002 Ferrari 456 M GT RHD Finished in Argento Nurburgring Metallic with Beige Hide interior and matching headlining Deep Red carpets, Wing shields and Red Calipers. This is one of only 33 Manual Right Hand Drive examples built and was supplied new by Maranello Concessionaires at Egham and registered to Mr. Eric Clapton , since then it has had just one further keeper having covered only 23,000 from new with F.S.H. with main dealer Maranello and Ferrari Specialists. The car has the benefit of a 4 Piece set of Factory supplied Schedoni fitted luggage and is complete with all handbooks ,service books and pouch plus all tools in original leather cases plus a Factory fitted car cover , seat covers and wheel cover. It has had a recent cambelt service and been fitted with a new set of Bridgestone tyres and the condition inside and out can only be described as pristine.£ Please call for price and details

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 456

    £89,950 £89,950

    UK Supplied Romans are proud to offer this 1999 Ferrari 456M GTA for sale presented in Blu Tour De France with Sabbia Leather.This example has been fastidiously looked after and hasto be one of the finest examples for sale anywhere. Colour: Blu Tour De France with Sabbia Leather, Price: £89,950 Engine: 5.5L V12, Mileage: 3,952 Transmission: Automatic, Body Style: Coupe Fuel: Petrol, Extras, Daytona Seats, Aluminium Brake Calipers, Coloured Dashboard in Blue, Piping in Blue, Coloured Steering Wheel in Blue, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Blue Carpets, Blue Stitching, 6-CD Changer, UK Supplied, Fantastic Condition, Exceptional Example!

    • Mileage: 3952 mi
    • Engine size: 5500
    For sale
  • Ferrari 456


    This particularly beautiful Ferrari 456 GTA from 1996, is a real ' Gentlemen Ferrari '. The Ferrari has the special color combination of Blue Tour de France (metallic) with a stylish dark blue leather interior. This one is ordered with a lot of options like: climate control, original Sony radio with CD changer, 17” OEM Factory Speedline wheels, electronically-controlled adaptive suspension, electric windows and mirrors and an original car cover. This Ferrari is very well maintained and perfectly documented. Originally it concerns a Belgian F456; in January 2008 the F456 was imported into the Netherlands. More information on: www.kucarfa.nl

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 91500 mi
    For sale
  • FERRARI 456 - 1986

    £55,000 £55,000

    COMING IN SOON;We are happy to help arrange finance and offer full dealer facility's . To arrange a road test or for further information please call Nino Barresi 01223-425300 or 07768 775391.

    • Engine size: 5.5
    For sale
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