Ferrari 456M GTA
A stunning example of one of the most user friendly, practical and ambitious Ferraris ever to grace the roads. One-time world's fastest four seat production car, one owner from new.
At the 40th anniversary celebrations of Garage Francorchamps in Brussels, Belgium, in 1992, Ferrari chose to introduce its newest four-seater grand touring car, the 456. Featuring an all-new 65-degree V-12, this was a dramatic departure from the outgoing 412, boasting elegant Pininfarina styling that was sure to propel Ferrari into the 21st century whilst harkening back to the elegant GT cars of the 1950s and 1960s.
Pietro Camardella and Lorenzo Ramaciotti at Pininfarina designed the original 456 which was available in GT and (from 1996) GTA forms. The difference in name signifies the transmission: the former has a six-speed manual and the latter has a four-speed automatic which was only the fourth automatic transmission ever offered by Ferrari. The 5.5 L (5473.91 cc) 65° V12 engine was derived from the Dino V6 rather than the more conventional 60° V12s used in the 412 and Daytona. It produced 436 hp with 4 valves per cylinder and Bosch Motronic M2.7 engine management.
For a time is was the fastest four seater car in the world thanks to its ability to push the 1690 kg car and four passengers to 302 km/h (188 mph). Acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) was just 5.2 seconds, with a 13.4 second quarter-mile time. At the time of its development it was the most powerful road car ever developed by Ferrari (aside from the F40). In 1996 engine was changed with Motronic M5.2 management and typed as F116C.
The name 456 is derived from the fact that each cylinder displaces 456 cubic centimetres. This was the last Ferrari to use this naming convention until the 488. Despite its supercar performance, the 456 has a relatively unstressed engine, which has proven to be a very reliable unit.
The chassis is a tubular steel spaceframe construction with a one-piece composite bonnet and body panels of aluminium. The body panels are welded to the chassis by using a special "sandwich filler" called feran that, when laid between, allows steel and aluminium to be welded.
The car we're offering is a stunning example of the 456 GTA, one of only 403 built. It's stunning looks and formidable capability, combined with its genuine practicality makes this an enticing prospect for those prospective buyers who are hoping to use their car on a regular basis.
Finished in Argento Nurburgring over Nero, this one owner from new example looks gorgeous. Complete with Nero Daytona style seats and Scuderia Shields this car is a hugely well specced example and has been given a service at our Officially Licenced Ferrari Service Centre to ensure this incredibly reliable car is performing to the fullest extent of its abilities.