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Ferrari F430: Buying guide and review (2004-2009)

Ferrari F430: Buying guide and review (2004-2009) Classic and Performance Car
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Released in 2004, the F430 was the latest in a line of mid-engined V8 ‘entry level’ Ferraris, taking over the mantle from the 360. It featured Enzo-inspired sharp-edged styling, and was considered by most to be an improvement on the 360’s somewhat rounded lines. 
 
The engine was an all-new unit with size upped to 4.3-litres, and a commensurate increase in power and torque. With 483bhp trumping the 360’s 400bhp and a wider power band, performance was much improved. A new E-Diff ensured that all that power was more equally distributed between the rear wheels, and an updated F1 transmission cut shift times significantly. The 430 was also the first to receive the now ubiquitous manettino switch, which allowed drivers to select from a variety of pre-programmed suspension, throttle and electronic differential settings. 
 
All this technology made for a class-leading vehicle in 2004, and the Ferrari F430 is still a rapid and desirable junior supercar today, with few new cars able to offer a similar level of speed and style for the money. 
 
Which one to buy?
 
The F430 was initially made launched as a Berlinetta, with the Spider following a year later. This was the last mid-engined V8 Ferrari offered with a manual gearbox, and not many were specified with this option at that. Their rarity does mean that they carry a premium over the F1 paddle shift examples. Carbon Ceramic brake discs were optional until 2007 when they became standard fitment. The standard discs are fine for road use (and some say they provide better feel) however the ceramics are recommended if regular track days are going to be on the agenda.
 
The 430 Scuderia is a lightened and more powerful version that made an appearance in 2007. This was followed by the Scuderia Spider 16M in 2008, which was released to celebrate Ferrari’s 16th World constructors championship in Formula 1. With only 499 16Ms produced, it’s very difficult to find one for sale today.
 
The paddle shift gearbox is much improved over earlier attempts, and received some upgrades during production to improve shift times and smooth changes at lower speeds. Clutches do wear out quicker than the manual counterparts while driving in heavy traffic can further increase wear. Compared to the latest transmissions, the F430’s system can feel a bit outdated but it is still a pleasant system to use.
 
Colour and trim specs were not limited to the traditionally red/cream or red/black combos of the ‘80s so you have a far wider choice of trim. The Scuderia examples featured distinctive twin lines running the length of the car, as well as modified bumpers.
 
A number of track-only cars were produced, called the F430 Challenge, and racing versions such as the F430 GTC and F430 GT3 campaigned successfully in a number of championships around the world.
 
Performance and specs
 
Ferrari F430 Berlinetta
Engine 4308cc 32valve DOHC V8 
Power 483bhp @ 8500 rpm 
Torque 483lb ft @ 5250rpm
Top speed 196mph 
0-60mph 3.8 seconds 
Fuel consumption 15.4mpg 
Insurance group 50
Gearbox Six-speed manual/Six-speed F1 electrohydraulic manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2600mm
Length 4512mm
Width 1923mm
Height 1214mm
Weight 1450kg
 
Common problems
 
• The F430 is a generally reliable car with no real problem areas. Servicing costs can be cut significantly by using a reputable specialist rather than Ferrari main dealers.

• Clutches on the F1 gearbox cars do not last long with some examples needing replacement every 15,000 miles or even sooner.  Manual cars are a bit easier on their clutches but heavy actuation and a high catching point will indicate a replacement is due soon. Flywheels require replacing every second clutch change.

• Camchains replaced cambelts in the 430, so the dreaded three-yearly engine removal of older mid-engined Ferraris does not affect this car. 

• Exhaust manifolds can crack, which is a relatively common problem. Some specialists can weld-repair them, saving you the exorbitant cost of buying a new one.

• The suspension bushes wear out relatively quickly leading to the complete wishbone assembly requiring replacement. Once again, specialists can re-bush the existing items at a reduced cost.

• Carbon Ceramic brakes were an option from the beginning and became standard from 2007 onwards. The discs are meant to last the life of the car, but the pads are very pricey to replace. Standard discs and pads on the earlier models are well up to the task of retarding the car and are cheaper to replace, however over the life of the car the extra expense of the steel disc replacement can reduce the overall savings.

• Rust is not an issue yet, however it is worth checking over the bodywork for signs of accident damage. Rear light brackets can break causing the lights to move around in their mountings. A replacement unit will be required if this is the case.

• Some owners have complained of fragile wheel rims, which buckle easily if driven over potholes so it is worth checking if there are any cracks inside the rim face.
 
Model history

2004: Ferrari F430 released, replacing the 360. Initially only available in the hard top Berlinetta body style. Six-speed manual and six-speed F1 style electrohydraulic manual transmission options available
2005: F430 Spider body style introduced
2007: 430 Scuderia released featuring a more power (503bhp) and weight reduced by 100kg. Improved transmission software decreases shift times. Carbon Ceramic brakes become standard
2008: Scuderia Spider 16M introduced in a limited run of 499 units. Featuring more powerful engine and weight reduction as in hard top 430 Scuderia
2009: Final F430 built making way for its 458 successor
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk
• independentferrariservicing.co.uk
• www.ferrariclubracing.co.uk
 
Summary and prices
 
Higher mileages are more common than with other Ferraris, as their reliability and ease of use meant that many owners used them as regular transport as well as a weekend toy. Early F430s start at around £70,000 with a premium paid for the Spider and manual examples.
 
Scuderia’s range between £130,000 and £180,000, with the 16M Spiders closer to £300,000. As these cars are more collectible, low mileages and few owners significantly affect the asking price. 
 
The Ferrari F430 is a great supercar car whatever specification you choose, it still delivers great performance and an engaging drive today. With reasonable running costs and a decent amount of choice available, you can find the perfect car to suit your needs.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 9th Dec 2015
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  • 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider F1 The Best Colour Combination, Scuderia Shields, Carbon Fibre Driving Zone and Extended Carbon Fibre

    £86,990 £86,990

    John Holland Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer this must see Ferrari F430 Spider F1 presented in the only colour combination to consider of Rooso Corsa with Full Crema Leather Upholstery, Bordeaux Contrast Stitch, Nero Roof and Bordeaux Carpets. The vehicle not only benefits from all the must have options it is offered for sale in superb condition and has been through an extensive mechanical preparation process and as a result has to be one of the best we have every driven. Specification on this car includes Yellow Brake Callipers, 6CD Changer, Carbon Fibre for Driving Zone, Carbon Fibre for Lower Cabin Zone, Cabre Fibre Dash and Air Vents, Carbon Fibre Paddles and Carbon Fibre Instrument Surrounds, Heated Electric Seats, Rev Counter in Giallo, Scuderia Shields, NavTrak, 19" Unmarked 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels, Rear Parking Sensors, Roll Over Hops In Crema Leather, High Power HIFI with Subwoofer, Xenon Headlights, Cavalino Embossed Headrests, Dedication Plate in Silver and much more . This car has an extensive Ferrari and Specialist History done at 6550miles, 15320miles, 18762miles, 26122miles, 32250miles, 40297miles and

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 41534 mi
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  • Ferrari F430

    £86,990 £86,990

    Variant name:Convertible Spider ,Derivative:Spider ,Variant: Spider F1 The Best Colour Combination, Scuderia Shields, Carbon Fibre Driving Zone and Extended Carbon Fibre John Holland Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer this must see Ferrari F430 Spider F1 presented in the only colour combination to consider of Rooso Corsa with Full Crema Leather Upholstery, Bordeaux Contrast Stitch, Nero Roof and Bordeaux Carpets. The vehicle not only benefits from all the must have options it is offered for sale in superb condition and has been through an extensive mechanical preparation process and as a result has to be one of the best we have every driven. Specification on this car includes Yellow Brake Callipers, 6CD Changer, Carbon Fibre for Driving Zone, Carbon Fibre for Lower Cabin Zone, Cabre Fibre Dash and Air Vents, Carbon Fibre Paddles and Carbon Fibre Instrument Surrounds, Heated Electric Seats, Rev Counter in Giallo, Scuderia Shields, NavTrak, 19" Unmarked 5 Spoke Alloy Wheels, Rear Parking Sensors, Roll Over Hops In Crema Leather, High Power HIFI with Subwoofer, Xenon Headlights, Cavalino Embossed Headrests, Dedication Plate in Silver and much more . This car has an extensive Ferrari and Specialist History done at 6550miles, 15320miles, 18762miles, 26122miles, 32250miles, 40297miles and 41534miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all original owners manuals, Tool Kit and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence. All vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest Standards.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 41534 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • Ferrari F430

    £94,989 £94,989

    Sat Nav, Climate Control, Electric Daytona Seats, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Xenon Headlamps, Park Distance Control, Power Hood, Yellow Dials, Carbon Trim, Heated Mirrors, Red Calipers and Alloys. NavTrak Fitted. Full Service History. www.imperials.co.uk ------ Please call us to Confirm which of our 3 Essex Showrooms your desired vehicle is located at before travelling to see us, Everyone of Our Cars Goes Through Our In House Work Shop Prior to Sale by Our Fully Qualified and Experienced Technicians - Buy with Confidence, For up to 20 images of this vehicle and an Instant Finance Quote please view www.imperials.co.uk, For Out of Office Hours Enquiries please call Tony 07956 564440 and he will be happy to help, We are also good buyers of all prestige, Sports and 4x4 vehicles so why not give us a call for a price on yours, Please Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, Thank You, www.imperials.co.uk

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 19000 mi
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  • Ferrari F430

    £189,995 £189,995

    Variant name:SCUDERIA ,Derivative:SCUDERIA ,Variant: SCUDERIA 2008 '08' with 15,986 miles . Rosso Corsa with Black Alcantara Upholstery in Nero/ 3D Fabric and Contrast Rosso Stitching, Door Sills in Carbon Fibre, Red Brake Calipers with Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Carbon Fibre Steering Wheel with LEDS, Nart Racing Stripe, Legal Roll Bar, Radio Navigation with System Sub, Carbon Fibre Racing Seats (Large), Handy Fire Extinguisher, Instrument Panel (Dials ) Giallo, Dedication Plate in Silver, Carbon Fibre Centre Console, Door Cards, Instrument Panel, Carbon Fibre Engine Bay Liner and Air boxes, Carbon Fibre Rear Grille, Carbon Fibre Engine Bay Cover Rear Section, Carbon Fibre Door Mirrors, Harnesses in Rosso. The complete nose section has been wrapped in clear protective film, as have the Carbon Door Mirrors. Just Serviced by Lancaster Colchester . Stunning Example.

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 15986 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • Ferrari F430 Spider F1

    £94,995 £94,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: F430 Spider First Delivered: 14/04/2008 Mileage: 14,512 Miles Previous Owners: 4 Engine: 4.3 Ltr Transmission: F1 Paint Colour: Trim Colour: Nero Hide Carpet Colour: Nero Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: 12 Months TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Months

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 14512 mi
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  • Ferrari F430

    £89,995 £89,995

    Variant name:COUPE F1 ,Derivative:COUPE F1 ,Variant: Coupe F1 2005 '05' reg with 19,600 miles . Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe, Rosso Corsa, Sabia Beige Leather, Beige Carpets, Large Racing Seats, Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Red Brake Calipers, 6 CD Changer, Yellow Rev Counter, Scuderia Shields, Roll Bar in Leather, Tyre Pressure Monitor System, Carbon Steering Wheel, Only Three Owners From New, Full Ferrari Service History. In Beautiful Condition and Very Well Kept.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 19600 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • Ferrari F430 4.3 Coupe F1

    £89,995 £89,995

    2005 '05' reg with 19,600 miles . Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe, Rosso Corsa, Sabia Beige Leather, Beige Carpets, Large Racing Seats, Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Red Brake Calipers, 6 CD Changer, Yellow Rev Counter, Scuderia Shields, Roll Bar in Leather, Tyre Pressure Monitor System, Carbon Steering Wheel, Only Three Owners From New, Full Ferrari Service History. In Beautiful Condition and Very Well Kept. Ferrari F430 Coupe F1 ( Carbon Ceramic Brakes) Body Type: Coupe Gearbox: Manual Interior: Beige Registered: 2005 Fuel Type: Petrol Mileage: 19600 Engine Size: 4300 Finished in: Rosso Corsa

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 19600 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 Coupe F1

    £99,995 £99,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: F430 Coupe First Registered: 25/07/2008 (08) Mileage: 41,269 KM Previous Owners: 0 Engine: 4.3 Ltr Transmission: F1 Paint Colour: Rosso Corsa Red Trim Colour: Beige Leather Carpet Colour: Red Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: TBA TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 41269 mi
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  • FERRARI F430 F1 SPIDER - RED

    POA POA

    Information FERRARI F430 SPIDER F1 (ROSSO RED) - 2006 14,000 Miles F1 Gearbox Rosso Red Coachwork Crema Leather Interior Satellite Navigation Ferrari Crest on Headrest Ferrari CD Changer Xenon Headlights 19" Alloy wheels Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 14000 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 SCUDERIA

    £199,995 £199,995

    Our fabulous lightweight F430 enjoys an extra 20 bhp over a standard car from its V8 engine, which in conjunction with its supermodel weight loss of 100 kilos over the full fat version gives this car formidable power to weight ratio. Finished in striking Nero metallic and factory silver twin body stripes with matching Alcantara trimmed carbon fibre sports seating. This example features the fullest specification including carbon fibre interior, 4 point belts, carbon ceramic brakes with yellow calipers, matching wheel centres and dials. The interior is complimented with yellow cross stitch to seating and trim. The car features Scuderia front wing badges. This is a 2 owner car with full Ferrari service history and will be supplied to its fortunate new owner with a fresh service in place to be carried out by Stratstone Ferrari. As you would expect with low owners and mileage this is an unmarked example of the rare right hand drive F430 Scuderia Coupe.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 8800 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 Spider F1 2006

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Ferrari F430 Spider F1 2006, 37.800 km, top condition This exotic ferrari F430 Spider F1 is designed by Pininfarina. This example is new delivered in 2006. This Ferrari has beautiful Grigio Silverstone paint in new condition. The paint is decorated with original Ferrari rims with red brake callipers. The costum-made interior has beautiful Burundy red leather bucket seats. The steering wheel is inspired by Formule 1 which include a starter push button and flippers to control the gearbox. The 4308CC V8, 490HP engine has only driven 37.850 km and has full service history . The sound of this magnificent Ferrari will sound like music in the ears of the fan. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 2006
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  • FERRARI F430 SPIDER F1 - NERO BLACK METALLIC

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    Information FERRARI F430 SPIDER F1 NERO BLACK 24,000 Miles Nero Black Coachwork Full Tan Leather Interior F1 Gearbox Active Suspension (Sport Mode Manteno) 19" Alloy Wheels (F430 Special) Becker Satellite Navigation Scuderia Wing Shields Rear Parking Sensors CD Changer Enhanced Sound system Creme Daytona seats with Ferrari Crests Fully Electric Seats Xenon’s lights with LED panels Full Climate control Wind Deflector Tracker System Full Ferrari Service History Original Tool Kit All the Manuals Present Carbon Fibre Interior Package Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 24000 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 Scuderia

    £139,995 £139,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: F430 Scuderia First Delivered: 22/07/2009 Mileage: 33,977 Miles - 54,682 Kilometers Previous Owners: 1 Engine: 4.3 Ltr Transmission: F1 Paint Colour: Rosso Scuderia Trim Colour: Carbon Black Grey Red Carpet Colour: N/A Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: TBA TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Month Cover Included - Upgrades Available

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 33977 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 Spider

    £149,995 £149,995

    Variant: Manual - 2006 55 Rosso Corsa with Nero Soft Top Roof, Beige Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard, Cuoio Carpets, Rosso Stitching, Giallo Instrumental Panel, 19” Alloy Wheels with Red Brake Callipers, Carbon Dash Inserts, Beige Large Racing Seats, Battery Charger UK + Prewiring, Roll Bar in Beige, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Airbags, Security System with NavTrak.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 18000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • 2008 Ferrari F430 Scuderia

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    Ferrari F430 Additional Information Metallic Nero Daytona with Nero Alcantara and Yellow stitched interior. 2008/58, one previous owner. The Scuderia is 220 pounds lighter in weight than the standard F430. Complete with the balance of Ferrari warranty until 16/10/2011. PLEASE CALL KEVAN HUMPHREY ON 07733 366 530 (ANYTIME).

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 10100 mi
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  • 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider F1

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    Ferrari F430 Additional Information Stunning 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider. For the Ferrari owner who wants something a little different. This is the classic alternative colour combination of Tour de France Blue complemented by a gorgeous Crema interior, this colour combination rarely becomes available. This 430 has been meticulously main dealer maintained and has 29,000 miles on the clock. The current owner has added red brake calipers and blue seat belts, supplied by Ferrari and fitted by us here at Autofficina.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 29900 mi
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  • 2009 Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16m

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    Ferrari F430 Additional Information Only 499 manufactured worldwide, a future classic. Being 80Kg lighter than a standard 430 spider with 510BHP as opposed to 479BHP. Main dealer service history details; January 2011 at 1,839 by H.R Owen London. April 2012 at 3,848 by Dick Lovett, Swindon.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 7050 mi
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  • 2008 Ferrari F430 Spider

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    Ferrari F430 Additional Information Grigio Silverstone with Sabbia leather Daytona style seats with grey inserts. Black carpet. Roll bar and rear bench in leather with dark grey stitching. All Ferrari models are supplied with the Autofficina in house Premier Warranty covering your purchase and giving you peace of mind for 6 months* or 6000 miles whichever is sooner. *Option to upgrade to 12 or 24 month Premier or Premier Plus Warranty at extra cost. Conditions apply. T&C''s available on request.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 9490 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 Scuderia 16M Spider

    £344,950 £344,950

    The F430 Scuderia was unveiled by Michael Schumacher at the Frankfurt Motor show in July 2007 and was the most potent road-legal version of the 430 produced by the factory. A gap had been left since the 360 Challenge Stradale production ended in 2005, and this model filled the void by being lighter, more powerful, rawer and technologically more advanced than its standard sibling. 

Thanks to a high compression motor with re-mapped engine management and a sports exhaust, output was increased from 483 to 510bhp, this being developed at an unchanged 8500rpm. This increase in performance gave the Scuderia a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 197 mph. The F1 transmission also came in for some attention, Scuderia's used Ferrari's latest generation 'Superfast' software that reduced gearchange time to just 60 milliseconds. Other important developments were made including a new traction control system that combined the E-Diff electronic differential and the F1-Trac traction and stability control in a single integrated system; E-Diff-2. Ride-height was dropped by 15mm, firmer springs and dampers were installed along with bigger carbon ceramic brake discs. The front ca

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  • Ferrari F430 4,3 Spider F1

    €101,400(£90,408.24) €101,400(£90,408.24)

    Ferrari F430 4,3 Spider F1 Equipment: Ekstrem fin stand Fuld service bog medfølger manualer værktøj Lommelygte osv Velegnet til Leasing ring for tilbud.

    • Year: 2006
    For sale
  • 2006 Ferrari F430 F1 Spider

    POA POA

    (SOLD) This like new Ferrari with only 12,000 miles is an amazing car. It is vibrant Giallo Modena with black leather complementary stitched in yellow throughout. The car is fit with Daytona seats that are power-operated and it has carbon fiber trim elements that are seen on the upper and lower dash, plus the radio surround and center console. Leather is utilized on the rear shelf and door panels, again with the visually inspiring yellow stitching. The stereo sound system features a factory subwoofer and CD changer. The tachometer is distinctive with a yellow face, while the balance of the instrumentation features black gauges. Through the steering and suspension, the F430 superbly connects the driver to the road. This is one of the top cars available for maximum driving thrills. The car includes books, tools, maintenance records, and a clean CarFax.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 12500 mi
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  • FERRARI F430 Spider F1

    £94,950 £94,950

    Satellite Navigation Bluetooth Telephone Carbon Ceramic Brakes Yellow Brake Calipers Challenge Style Alloys Carbon Fibre for Driving Zone Carbon Fibre Rear Moulding Challenge Style Grille Giallo Instrument Dial iPOD Connection High Power HiFi with Sub Woofer Scuderia Shields Front and Rear Parking Sensors Large Racing Seats Giallo Special Stitching Throughout Carbon Dashboard Inserts Carbon Fibre Front Splitter Sports Exhaust LED Light Upgrade UK Supplied Great Condition Throughout 19' Alloy Wheels Adjustable Steering Column Carbon-ceramic Brake Central Door Locking F1 Paddle Shift Gearbox Hi-Fi system with bluetooth Delivery Available Financing Available Full Service History

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 18000 mi
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