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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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  • 2002 Ferrari 456 M GTAutomatic

    £64,990 £64,990

    One of only 139 cars originally officially imported. Aluminium grey brake callipers Dark blue upper dashboard and steering wheel. Dark grey stitching.

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 6000 mi
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  • Ferrari 456 M GT

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    Ferrari 456M GT 5.5 L Tipo F116C V12 Pininfarina Design finished in Blu Pozzi, Left Hand Drive, Registered 6th June 2000, Reading 11,200 kilometres, Registered in the UK November 2013, 6 Speed Manual, Electric Seats with Driver Memory, Full Tan Connolly Leather Interior with Black Leather Dash, 17 Inch Ferrari 5 Spoke Alloys with Black Callipers, Ferrari Stereo System, Electric Windows, Sports Button, Automatic Climate Control with Air Conditioning, Electric Door Mirrors, Major Service at Meridien Modena with Cam Belt Change and New Tyres at 3,058kms on 30/08/2013 and 7,370 miles on 25/09/2014. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

    • Year: 2000
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  • 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
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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
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  • Ferrari 456 GT - 6spd manual

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    The Ferrari 456 GT was revealed in 1992 at Garage Francorchamps in Belgium, and celebrated as the most powerful 2+2 in the world. It was the first road car launched under the auspices of renowned former Ferrari president, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. In di Montezemolo’s 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, followed in 1998 by the Ferrari 456M or ‘Modificata’. Updates to the engine management, interior and aerodynamics were added but performance was unchanged. Generous boot space and a spacious cabin make the Ferrari 456 an ideal family touring car. The interior features electrically adjustable seats, air-conditioning and electric windows. 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) an

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  • 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
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  • Ferrari 456

    €59,500(£51,515.10) €59,500(£51,515.10)

    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
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  • 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
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