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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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  • Ferrari F430 Spider 2008 Only 5000 Miles With Ceramic Brakes

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    Manufactured from 2004 until 2009, the Ferrari F430 was the successor to the enormously successful 360M. According to its creators, the F430 was at least 70 % new compared with the 360. It had a new engine, a new F1 gearbox, a new diff and a brand-new chassis, and although the styling is obviously reminiscent of the 360M's, in reality, it's pretty much a ground-up design. Only the bonnet, doors, and roof were carried over; the rest, even the door mirrors, were all new and largely the work of Pininfarina, overseen by Ferrari's design chief Frank Stephenson. The F430's complex variable-valve-timing system is also lifted straight from the Enzo's V12, and as ever there is dry-sump lubrication, a very high compression ratio (11.3:1), a variable airflow plenum chamber. and an enormous electronic brain making the decisions in the form of not one, but two, Bosch Motronic ME7 ECUs. At 483bhp it has a significant 21 % more power than the 360. Its fabulous 4.3-litre V8 will rocket this very sleek new Ferrarifrom 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and on to a maximum speed in excess of 196mph.We are pleased to offer here this UK-supplied, right-hand drive Ferrari F430 F1 Spider whith single only 3 previous owners. This exquisite car was delivered through Stratstone Car Sales, Manchester on 4th May 2007 and was ordered in Rosso Scuderia with Crema seats and Rosso stitching. The specification on this car is truly divine and includes: carbon fibre in the engine compartment, carbon fibre `driving zone' - steering wheel and centre console, Tailor made door sills in matching Crema leather with special order Crema leather hoops, Bluetooth and radio navigation, brake callipers in red and 'Challenge Stradale' wheels. Regardless of use, this car has been serviced nine times at Grey Paul Ferrari, Nottingham on the following dates: 16th April 2008 - 1151 miles on the 12th May 2009 - 5286 at Dick Lovett Ferrari and 8th April 2010 – 6505. Then back to gray Paul for the remainder on 13th April 2011 - 9266 miles on 24th April 2012 - 11015 miles, on the 2nd May 2124 at 13,239, on the 29th April 2016 – 14,885, and finally on the 30th January 2017 – 15659. As one would expect, this stunning example comes with all of its original books, tools, car covers, battery charger and even retains some of its original delivery covers and packaging! Supplied with a UKV5c, this Ferrari F430 F1 Spider has now covered only 16,000 miles from new and will arrive at the sale with a fresh MOT, 12 month Warranty, finance options and part exchange facility. Cars of this quality and incredibly low mileage rarely come to market and this F430 F1 Spider presents a unique opportunity to buy a real investment for the future. The car has been meticulously prepared for sale. Please don't hesitate to contact our friendly and approachable sales team with any further questions, or to arrange a viewing. We are open 7 days, by appointment.

    • Mileage: 16000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.308
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  • 2008 FERRARI F430 GTC

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    2008 Ferrari F430 GT2, Chassis 2616 Delivered March 22nd, 2008 at Fiorano to BMS Scuderia Italia and always raced with BMS. Fitted with engine No. 072 - gearbox No. 086. The engine fitted in the car today (No. 079) was in the car for Spa 24 Hours 2008 (finished 1st IC) and the 24 Heures du Mans 2008 (finished 2nd IC). The last race the car made with this engine was the FIA GT San Luis race in November 2008. At the end of the race, the engine had 2000 kms and hasn’t been raced since. After its last race in 2009 (FIA GT - Zolder), the car was retired and refurbished by BMS Scuderia to as-new condition before being sold to a private owner. BMS checked the engine in 2015. Documented with Ferrari certicate of origin. EU taxes paid. Full racing history available

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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

    £149,989 £149,989

    Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Electric Seats, Rosso Stitching, Bordeaux Carpets, Crema Leather Headlining, Multi CD, Carbon Dash Inserts, Rosso Instrument Panel, Red Calipers and Alloys. Full Ferrari Service History. Rare Manual - Appreciating Asset. Due In Soon. 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 Jim 07811 208138 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: 2005
    • Mileage: 20000 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 F1 Spider

    £99,995 £99,995

    Creama Hide Electric Heated Seats Radio CD Navigation Bluetooth Telephone Yellow Calipers Ceramic Brakes Scuderia Wing Badges Front & Rear Parking Distance Control Trickle Charger Car Cover 19″ Anthracite Alloy Wheels Full Ferrari Service History.

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 21900 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 F1 Spider 2005

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    Ferrari F430 F1 Spider 2005 fully dealer maintained This Ferrari was new delivered in 2005 in France. The F430 Spider F1 was provided with the beautiful Grigio Titanio (Ferrari nr. 2138) paint and original alloy wheels. The Ferrari was always dealer maintained and a lot of invoices are present. Recently the car has had major maintenance for more than € 16.000,-. Since maintenance the car has only driven 500 kms. The beautiful tailor-made interior is furnished with burgundy red leather. The driver has an on Formule 1 inspired steering wheel with startbutton and flippers. This F430 drives really great and is an impressive experience to drive. Since 2005 this F430 has driven 77.100 kms. The original V8 engine produces a marvelous and recognizable Ferrari sound. Car has Belgian title. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 2005
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  • Ferrari F430

    £104,990 £104,990

    Carbon driving zone, Scuderia ShieldsVVS are delighted to offer this beautiful low mileage 2008 Ferrari F430 F1 Spider having only covered 21000 miles from new. Presented in the favoured colour combination of colour of Rosso Cross with contrasting nero leather with Rosso stitching. A superb spec car with ceramic brakes, carbon rear valance, scuderia shields and carbon driving zone. A superb order car with comprehensive service history and is VAT qualifying, just perfect for the export market too., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 21000 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 SPIDER

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    About this Ferrari F430 SPIDER The Ferrari F430 is a sports car that was produced by the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari from 2004 to 2009. A successor to the Ferrari 360, it debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. Its successor, the Ferrari 458, was unveiled on 28 July 2009. This particular example (formally my own car) was first registered in 2006 has been maintained to the highest degree by Ferrari with most recent service (clutch/brake pipes etc) carried out by reknowned specialist SMDG to the tune of over £5000. Stunning in Nero Daytona Black with matching black leather, hood and carpets.

    • Mileage: 33000 mi
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    About this Ferrari F430 F1 Supplied in undoubtedly the best colour combination of Grigio Silverstone with Crema Connolly Racing seats, yellow brake calipers and carboceramic braking system, four point safety harnesses with discreet rollover bar, carbon fibre driving zone with matching steering wheel, navtrak antitheft system with Pogo speed detector, full touchscreen navigation with bluetooth, ipod connector and reverse camera, front and rear parking control, and complimented with Scuderia Ferrari wing badges. A superb documented service history detailing works which include recent clutch, manifolds, ball joints, tyres, brake caliper service and much more all courtesy of Maranello in Egham.

    • Mileage: 37000 mi
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  • Ferrari F430 Coupe

    £91,995 £91,995

    Make: Ferrari Model: F430 First Delivered: 16/03/2009 Mileage: 20,960 Miles Previous Owners: 5 Engine: 4.3 Ltr Transmission: F1 Paint Colour: Nero Daytona Trim Colour: Nero Hide Carpet Colour: Nero Doors: 2 Seats: 2 MOT: 12 Months TAX: TBA HPI: Clear Warranty: 3 Months

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    Service history Ferrari 430 Coupe F1 Pininfarina 4.3 V8 Automatic registered May 2005 finished in Rosso Corsa with Full Black and Red Leather interior with Carbon Fibre trim; Electric Seats; 19 Inch Alloys with Red Callipers; Daytime Running Lights; Electric Windows and Door Mirrors; Original Invoices showing Service History at Ferrari on 29/06/06 at 6,864; 23/05/07 at 9,381; 26/06/08 at 12,190; 22/06/09 at 14,386; 20/09/10 at 17,601; Ferrari Specialist on 05/09/11 at 18,857; Ferrari on 05/10/12 at 19,983; 07/10/13 at 21,244; Vision Motorsport on 06/02/15 at 26,193; 07/09/15 at 33,844; 08/10/15 at 35,134 with new 3rd gear rebuild, clutch and slave bearing; 01/07/16 at 41,246; New Front Pads on 15/08/16; Front Discs, New Stainless Steel Exhaust Box and New Airboxes on 05/01/17 at DASH-CAE. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 45400 mi
    • Engine size: 4308
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  • Ferrari F430

    £112,000 £112,000

    Beautiful Ferrari 430 Spider F1 in Grigio Silverstone with Crema seats with Daytona inserts.

    • Mileage: 23300 mi
    • Engine size: 4308
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  • Ferrari F430

    £99,990 £99,990

    Carbon driving zone, Scuderia Shields, Daytona seatsVVS are delighted to offer this beautiful low mileage 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Spider having only covered 16000 miles from new. Presented in the rare and sought after colour of Giallo Modena with contrasting nero leather with yellow stitching. A superb spec car with 16M upgrades including front bumper, carbon rear valance, scuderia shields, yellow rev counter, carbon driving zone. A superb order car with comprehensive service history and is VAT qualifying, just perfect for the export market too., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 16000 mi
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  • Ferrari F430

    £104,949 £104,949

    Air Conditioning, Full Leather, Parking Sensors, 1 Owner, Push Button Start, Full main dealer service history Rosso Corsa / Beige With Black Contrast Stitch - Optional Extras: Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Black Contrast Stitching, Scuderia Shields, Yellow Brake Calipers, Rear Park Sensors, Yellow Rev Counter, Full Ferrari Service History

    • Mileage: 13700 mi
    • Engine size: 4308
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  • FERRARI F430 4,300cc 2006

    £69,995 £69,995

    2006 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe, LHD;;Body colour Argento Nurburgring.;Interior colour Nero Leather.;Bianco contrasting stitching throughout cabin.;Carbon Ceramic Brakes.;Red Brake calipers.;Electric Seats with Ferrari logo.;Factory Navigation.;Scuderia Shields.;Rear parking sensors.;Adjustable steering wheel.;Full electric front seats.;Multi function steering wheel.;Electric windows.;Electric mirrors.;Yellow Tachometer.;6 CD Changer;Two keys;Key code card;VIP Book Pack;All books and manuals inc. radio code;European Certifcate of Conformity.;MOT Oct 2017.;UK MPH Speedometer.;Full Ferrari tool kit.;Matching Continental tyres.;Continental 225/35/ZR19 Fronts.;Continental 225/35/ZR 19 Rear .;;Service History.;Ferrari Autohaus Saggio 28/02/08 14,488 KM.;Ferrari Autohaus Saggio 04/04/09 16,978 Km.;Monza N.V. 09/08/10 24,340 Km.;Francorchamps Motors 17/04/15 35,670 Km.;Christian Lewis 04/05/16 38,046 Km.;; ;Fiance available. ;;Contact Nino 07768 775391.

    • Mileage: 25312 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • Ferrari F430

    £99,995 £99,995

    Derivative:F1 ,Variant: F1 - 2006 56 Rosso Corsa with Crema Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard and Carpets, Large Crema Racing Seats, Crema Leather Headliner, Nero Stitching, Red Brake Callipers, Carbon Fibre Driving Zone, Giallo Instrumental Panel, Scuderia Ferrari Shields and Security System with NavTrak.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 19700 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • Ferrari F430

    £129,995 £129,995

    Rosso Corsa with Crema Leather Interior, Nero Dashboard, Bordeaux Carpets, Bordeaux Stitching, Bordeaux Piping, Crema Leather Headliner, Challenge Type Wheels with Red Brake Callipers, Daytona Style Seats with Bordeaux Leather Stripes, Silver Dedication Plate, Electric Seats, Giallo Instrumental Panel, Scuderia Ferrari Shields and Security System with NavTrak.

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 16300 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • Ferrari F430

    £86,990 £86,990

    Variant name:Convertible Spider ,Derivative:Spider ,Variant: 430 Spider Beautiful Example in the best colour combination a true collectors Example Multi award-winning prestige car dealership John Holland 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 standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

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