This manual Ferrari 456 is the bargain of the era
5.5L V12 + Gated manual transmission + Popup headlights = Automotive masterpiece
Whether you are an affluent Ferrari collector, or just a normal petrolhead trying to get your hands on a V12 Ferrari, price and the car’s features are definitely the two factors you will be considering the most. If you are either of the two, there is a Ferrari that you should not miss that is on sale now, a manual 456 GT.
Image from Mohrimports.com
Ferrari 456 was a V12 grand tourer built by Ferrari from 1992 to 2003. While the 550 Maranello which was released in 1996, was aimed to be a sportier 2 seater GT, the 456 was a more relaxed and luxurious take on the GT market. Despite not being the sportiest Ferrari, the 456 GT was praised for its ability to crush continents in a leap.
Sadly, in the modern days, the Ferrari 456 was undervalued by collectors, thus resulting in a rather low price in the luxury car market. Thankfully, or for us at least, that allowed us to see cars like this bargain Ferrari 456 on the market. Priced at $73,500, this Ferrari 456, it might not sound like a bargain as some examples are traded at the $50,000 mark, wait until you see what this 456 has got for you.
The most significant feature of this 456 is the open gated manual transmission. As the majority of the initial buyers of the 456 were wealthy middle-aged men who bought a Ferrari just for the Ferrari badge, most of the 456s are equipped with an automatic transmission. Well, it had paddle shifters, but they were painfully slow and the feedback was not as responsive as its manual counterpart. Therefore, the six-speed manual in this 456 definitely makes it pure automotive bliss.
I mean, just look at that colour. Image from Mohrimports.com
The car’s colour combination is also another reason why this is such a bargain. The exterior is finished in Rosso Monza, a truly imbues the viewer with elan without shouting out, “LOOK AT ME”. If Rosso Corsa is a flashy Italian playboy and Grigio Titano is an accountant in their 40s, Rosso Monza is a dapper man in their 30s who knows how to be sexy with all his clothes on. The interior is finished in black Conolly leather, thus creating a truly unique colour combination.
Under the bonnet of the 456 lies a 5.5L V12 that churns out 436 Italian racehorses, and the 200mph speedometer and the 10k-rpm tachometer silently prove the car’s capability. Along with a three-setup electronically adjustable suspension, this Ferrari 456 is ready to present automotive heaven to its next owner regardless of whomever it will be. So, anyone fancy a new Ferrari 456 in your driveway?
At the end of the day…
I think I have never craved for a car this bad, although I was never a huge Ferrari fan. The 456’s charm comes from its matureness, unlike most modern Ferraris. Yes, the F8 Tributo is striking and the SF90 seems groundbreaking. But those are not the cars you wish to grow old and spend the rest of your life with, as they are so ‘far-fetched’ from our real lives.
Oh... that "Wanna go for a ride?" grin... Image from Mohrimports.com
In contrast, the 456 is in the realms of “Possible one day”, like your crush in university while modern Ferraris are more likely Taylor Swift-level. Also, it must be noted that you aren’t going to drive a modern high-end from Gibraltar to Prague as you know it is going to depreciate like stocks crashing during in 2008. However, this 456 can be a part of your life, and most of all, it is going to fill it with automotive bliss.
Appreciate the beauty of this 456 GT....