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|The Ferrari 456, the first front-engine Ferrari for 20 years, offered true performance touring for four very lucky occupants. The 456 GT was announced in September 1992, making its public show debut in Paris the following month. This was a positive and brave move by the company, as the prestige sports car markets were in deep recession, after all the speculation and hype of the late eighties. However, they showed their commitment to broadening their range, and to maintaining their position at the head of the list of the world's most desirable automobiles. The Pininfarina styled Aluminium bodywork made for a pleasing if not spectacular design, particularly the modernised reflection of the fabled 365 GTB/4 "Daytona" with the long bonnet, featuring retractable headlight pods. Also inspired by the "Daytona" was the design treatment of the rear of the cabin envelope and tail. Thus although the shape was thoroughly modern, it contained retro trace elements to associate it with the company's history.|
Electronically adjustable self levelling suspension gave positive handling and a comfortable ride, while the 442bhp V12 made sure that performance had not been overlooked. The 456 set the scene for a return to front engine layout in the new Ferrari flagship, the 550 Maranello.
This manual transmission, four owner car from new, was first purchased by the famous actor, comedian and historic racing car driver Rowan Atkinson, from Maranello Concessionaires, Egham in 1995. Finished in Verde Inglese (British Racing Green) with Rosso (Dark Red) leather interior and dark green carpets. A special ordered item fitted to this car is a spare wheel located in the boot instead of the usual inflation canister. Mr. Atkinson sold the car in 1998. A full service history comes with the car, Maranello stamps in the service book for 1996 and 1997; the service in 1998 was carried out by Mortimer Houghton Turner at 18,000 miles. The next service was carried out by Ferrari specialists, Joe Macari in 2002 at 30,000 miles. The vendor purchased the car in 2003 and since then the car has been serviced five times including two cam belt services, the last major service and cam belt being carried out in 2011. There are MoT test certificates from 1998 to 2005, in 2006 the car was put into storage and only briefly brought out in 2009 and MoT'd at 41,000 miles. When new, the 456GT was the most expensive Ferrari to be built with a price close to £160,000, here is an opportunity to purchase one of the best front engine Ferrari's ever built at a fraction of the cost of when it was new. The car comes with a V5 registration document and a new MoT test certificate.
Sold on the 06.02.2013
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