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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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  • Lot 320

    Ferrari 456

    £55,000 - £65,000 est. £55,000 - £65,000 est.
    Auction Date: 11 Nov 2017
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    • Mileage: 38791 mi
    • Engine size: 5474
    Auction Date: 11 Nov 2017
    £55,000 - £65,000 est. £55,000 - £65,000 est.
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  • Ferrari - 456 GT - 1997

    €66,000 - €85,800 est. (£58,726.80 - £76,344.84 est.) €66,000 - €85,800 est. (£58,726.80 - £76,344.84 est.)
    Auction Date: 01 Jan 1970
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    €66,000 - €85,800 est. (£58,726.80 - £76,344.84 est.) €66,000 - €85,800 est. (£58,726.80 - £76,344.84 est.)
    Auction Date: 01 Jan 1970
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  • Ferrari 456

    €109,900(£97,789.02) €109,900(£97,789.02)

    Specifications Year of manufacture: 29/03/2001 Chassis number: ZFFWP44B000121709 Exterior color: Grey Interior color: Blue Navy Mileage: 28 800 Km - 17 900 miles HP: 442cv Engine displacement: 5474 cm3 Gearbox: Manual Service book: Yes Delivery country: Italy History Delivered new in February 2001 in Italy. This car is in exceptional interior / exterior condition and has 28 800 km from new. We have the original service book and user manuals. Warranty The vehicle will be sold revised and guaranteed 3 months or 5000 Km Price 109 900 € Ad link http://www.jeanlainvintage.com/vehicule/14240-ferrari-456-m-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 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: 2001
    • Mileage: 17900 mi
    For sale
    €109,900(£97,789.02) €109,900(£97,789.02)
  • Ferrari 456 GT

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    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
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  • Ferrari 456 GT

    £59,995 £59,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: 456 GT First Registered: 13/09/1995 Mileage: 39,230 Miles Previous Owners: 7 Engine: 5.5ltr V12 Transmission: Manual Paint Colour: Le Mans Blue Trim Colour: Tan Leather Carpet Colour: Blue Doors: 2 Seats: 4 MOT: 12 Months TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 39230 mi
    For sale
    £59,995 £59,995
  • Ferrari 456 GT Six speed manual- Left hand drive Ferrari

    £49,990 £49,990

    Completed by the Ferrari factory in October 1994 the car was shipped to the UAE were it was delivered new by the UAE Ferrari agents Al-Tayer Motors LLC on the 28th June 1995 to Mr Abudulllah Bel Obeida, apparently heir to the Ruler of Ras al Khaima. Following an inspection by Ferrari agents Al Tayer on the 29th October 2003 with 44801kms/28,000 miles, the car was purchased by the second owner, British ex pat Mr Gavin Jeffrey on the 12th November 2003 from High Class Cars in Dubai for Dirham 162,000, ship. Mr Jeffrey had Hanjin Shipping ,transport the car to the UK in the Spring of 2004,paying the import duty and registering the car M746 OYW here on the 10th December 2004 . Initially maintained by respected marque specialists Moto Technique of Surrey as well as the local Ferrari agent in France ,Modena Sport. Four new tyres have recently been fitted. The car is complete with its factory original service book past invoices, MOT's as well as the UAE paperwork for exporting the car. The original plastic carpet protection is still covering the carpets! History: The 456 GT took the luxury 2+2 coupé theme to new heights and saw Ferrari return to the front-engine concept for the first time

    • Year: 1994
    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    For sale
    £49,990 £49,990
  • Ferrari 456 M GTAutomatic Ferrari

    £59,990 £59,990

    Delivered new and first registered M8 MMD, by Maranello Sales Ltd to the first owner Mr Manzur Din of Buckinghamshire on the 25th May 2000.The list price was £173,588.63 plus delivery charges, number plates and road tax. Additionally the car was optioned with Black seat piping (PIP1) £864.00 and aluminium Grey brake callipers (CALA) £588.00. Three years later it was purchased by 39 year old company director Mr John Mouskos of London on the 30th May 2003 ,with some 11,500 miles now covered ,from Ferrari agents ,Maranello Sales of Egham Surrey, who apparently bought it back some months later. Eleven months later, on the 20th April 2004 ,it was bought by 40 year old company director ,Mr Karl Massey of Cheshire from Ferrari agents Stratstone, and sold back to them sixteen months later on the 28th September 2005 . Purchased by the fourth registered keeper, 44 year old investment banker ,Mr Fares Fare of London, on the 25th January 2006 with 22,900 miles from dealers ,Stratstone(?) The penultimate owner 39 year old company director Mr Venthan Thangeswaran of London, bought the car on the 28th March 2010 still with only 23,000 miles. The last owners ,a couple from Surrey bought the car pr

    • Year: 2000
    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    For sale
    £59,990 £59,990
  • Ferrari 456 M GT 6-speed manual Left hand drive Ferrari

    £69,990 £69,990

    Manufactured by Ferrari in March 2000 and shipped to Ferrari North America and in turn their agents, Miller Motorcars in Greenwich Connecticut for their client Mr Panos Davatris of New Jersey. The car was first registered, and the two year warranty started on the 15th May 2000. Mr Davatris apparently so liked the car that when he returned to Greece he took it with him registering the car there on the 23rd April 2007,and having it serviced by the Ferrari agents ,Genesis SA on the 15th June 2007 with 8,175 miles. The car had a two year "Complete Re-treatment" of the bodywork by Genesis on the 2nd December 2008 at 9,350 miles. The second and penultimate owners in the UK, bought the car via a German agent, registering the car here on the 2nd November 2015, following a major service which included valve clearances and cam belts by specialists Foskers on the 30th September 2015 with 12,453 miles. The last owner was registered on the 10th February 2017. The car is complete with its factory original service book, handbooks, leather wallet even the Maglite torch, past invoices ,registration details and MOT certificates. History: 456M GT 1998 The 456M, in its GT and automatic gearbox GTA gui

    • Year: 2000
    • Mileage: 13000 mi
    For sale
    £69,990 £69,990
  • Ferrari 456

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    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: 57000 mi
    For sale
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  • 2002 Ferrari 456 M GT

    £114,500 £114,500

    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. £114,500

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    For sale
    £114,500 £114,500
  • Ferrari 456 GT

    £69,995 £69,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: 456 GT First Registered: 22/06/1994 Mileage: 35,340 Miles Previous Owners: 5 Engine: 5.5ltr V12 Transmission: Manual Paint Colour: Rosso Corsa Trim Colour: Crema Leather Carpet Colour: Nero Doors: 2 Seats: 4 MOT: 12 Months TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 1994
    • Mileage: 35340 mi
    For sale
    £69,995 £69,995
  • Ferrari 456

    £69,990 £69,990

    Pay close attention as they don’t get much better than this…. We’re delighted to offer for sale this beautiful 1997 Ferrari 456 GTA which we sold to its current keeper in 2012. In our opinion the Ferrari 456 remains one of the very finest GT’s from a brand synonymous with quality and prestige, and we can’t recommend the comfort, power and performance highly enough… Ours is extremely unusual being as it is offered in glorious Rosso Corsa coachwork which is very rare for the 456 model, and matched with luxurious Crema interior. It has considerable further appeal by having travelled fewer than 22,000 miles from new and has recently undergone a fresh service, including cam belts. It really is of the finest quality with a deep shine to the paintwork, unmolested seats and carpets, and an unrivalled driving experience at what we genuinely consider a modest outlay for such an accomplished motorcar. Viewing is highly recommended. Offered with full fitted leather luggage set, but we regret not the private registration plate as seen.

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 21500 mi
    • Engine size: 5.5
    For sale
    £69,990 £69,990
  • 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
    £89,995 £89,995
  • 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
    £99,995 £99,995
  • 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
    £59,995 £59,995
  • Ferrari 456

    £57,750 £57,750

    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
    £57,750 £57,750
  • 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
    £89,950 £89,950