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The car entered production on the Thursday 25th June 1998 and was apparently completed on the 2nd September 1998 , presumably after the August Summer closure of the factory ,with the Certificate of Conformity-an essential piece of paperwork should the car be exported- being issued on the 12th September 1998 .The car was transported to Ferrari UK/Maranello Concessionaires -one of just 139 UK examples ,of which some 38 were a shade of deep blue-where it was collected by the then Ferrari agents ,Stratstone of Wilmslow, Cheshire and went on to carry out the pre delivery inspection on the 6th January 1999 at 169 miles. The car was first registered A11 FTE to 42 year old company director ,Mr M W of Lancashire the same day. The then list price (1st April 1998) was £173,588.63 plus delivery charges, number plates and road tax. The blue dashboard adding an additional £468.00 and the steering wheel £204.00.The car came with a two year pan -European warranty.
A warranty document shows the car passed to a 49 year old ,Mr J S of Lancashire once again through Stratstone, on the 16th January 2002 with 13,312 miles for £126,000.
67 year old company director ,Mr T D appears to be the next owner buying the car in August 2010 before passing to the fifth owner, Mr J W of Devon and London, director of an international bank.
The sixth and penultimate owner was Mr M N of London bought the car on the 30th August 2013 with 24,243 miles from marque specialists DK Engineering.
The last owner Mr S J of Surrey registered the car in his name on the 15th April 2018 as part of a deal with M N for his share of an Aston Martin. SJ had accompanied MN when he went to buy the car in August 2013.
The car comes complete with a replacement service book ,handbooks ,copies of past invoices and MOT certificates. Nine services ,six with main dealers and 11 MOT’s help to substantiate the 28,000 miles
The 456M, in its GT and automatic gearbox GTA guises, is the evolution of Ferrari’s highly successful interpretation of its traditional 2+2 models. First introduced in 1992, the 456 GT was the marque’s first car designed with the 21st century in mind and has been much appreciated by Maranello’s clients for the way it provides saloon-class comfort and roominess combined with class-leading performance.
A true four-seater coupé, the 456 GT was also the first modern Ferrari to revert to a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout, with the gearbox in unit with the rear differential for ideal weight distribution as well as plenty of space for passengers and luggage.
Taken from Ferrari's own website
The 456M in GT and GTA versions represents the evolution of a model, that has always been appreciated by those wanting a four-seater Ferrari with diverse sporting ability. Continuing a Ferrari tradition of 2+2 Berlinetta, the 456M (M means Modified) represents the optimum level between the performance of a 12-cylinder Ferrari and the comfort of a GT car.
With the 456, the quality of the Pininfarina styling was so fine it would have been extremely hard to design the whole car again.
Evolution was chose to improve and refine the mechanical and aerodynamic features, while keeping the successful technical interpretation based on the V12, 442 CV front engine, coupled to a rear transmission unit.
The details needed to produce the 456M have produced aerodynamic and thermal improvements due in part to some style modifications, better comfort and more functional features of the driver’s compartment, a rationalizing of the cabin space, along with an increase in driveability performance, ergonomics and safety.
Summary table of the new technical or style features introduced on the 456M:
- Carbon fibre bonnet. The manufacturing of this part is particularly complicated, due to its large dimensions.
- The bonnet has a smooth design, without air outlets, which interrupt the aerodynamic flow.
- The front air intake is larger; fog lights are inside the intake itself.
- When seen from above, the front view is more rounded than the previous model.
- Front indicators are separate from the position lights and placed aside, in a lateral area of the bumper.
- Rear bumper with integrated spoiler, in the lower area, replacing the mobile wing of the previous model. The bumper upper profile houses a moulding, for easier opening of the rear luggage compartment.
- Side window mouldings.
- Wheels with new centre caps depicting a chromium-plated “Cavallino”.
- Seats with 5 electrical adjustments and position memory (forward-backward, up0down, lumbar adjustment, 2 seat back tilt directions).
- Rear seat comfort and passenger space have been improved.
- Added retractable central armrest.
- Installation of a multi-function display, detecting operating and emergency information and the outside temperature.
- Newly designed dashboard.
- Under-dashboard console with analogue instruments. They include clock, oil temperature and fuel level indicators.
- Sun radiation sensor.
- More ergonomic gearbox lever position.
- Transmission tunnel with cubbyhole.
- Three-spoke steering wheel.
- Document pockets behind front seats.
- New rear parcel shelf, with integrated rear brake light.
- New Hi-Fi system.
- Reduction of interior noise
Suspension & Brakes
- Suspension system with independent shock absorbers, with two-position calibration system (Normal and Sport).
- Front shock absorbers with low friction co-efficient, with software tuning, designed to get higher driving precision and comfort on uneven roads.
- Rear shock absorbers with stern speed control software.
- New anti-drive geometry to front links, to limit diving.
- Use of the ASR traction control system, with integral ABS and electronic rear braking corrector (EBC).
- Pneumatic brake booster to improve pedal feel under braking.
Engine & Gearbox
- Modified cylinder-firing order, for smoother performance.
- Larger ducts for sending air to the engine compartments.
- Use of hydraulic supports between transmission housing and frame (only GTA version).
- Stiffer transmission frame (only GTA version).
- Stiffer transmission shaft sleeve (only GTA version).
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