Pietro Camardella drew the brilliant design of Ferrari 456 under the inspiring tutelage of Lorenzo Ramaciotti at Pininfarina. The car was first introduced in 1992.
This example was supplied on the 16th March 1994 by the Tamsen Ferrari in Suth, Germany (now Penske Hamburg). Since it arrived in the Netherlands in 2000 it has only had one caring owner. There is no other word to describe the kind of maintenance lavished on this Ferrari 456 but maniacal. The Ferrari 456 is an advanced piece of engineering being wonderfully built as well as being an out and out Ferrari Grand Tourer.
This Ferrari 456 is one of 1,435 cars built at Pininfarina as recognisable by the Pininfarina badge on the rear quarter. Later cars were completely built by Ferrari themselves. Pininfarina had developed a special way to weld the aluminium panelwork to the steel chassis using a “sandwich filler”. This made the 456’s bodywork a masterclass in material use. The steel chassis is topped with aluminium panels and a composite bonnet.
This particular car is visually as well mechanically is very good shape. This is not surprising considering the enormous amount of invoices present. In total, some € 108,154.77 has been spent on this car since 2000. The work carried out includes a full engine rebuild, a heap of regular maintenance, new suspension, all new hoses, complete new heater, re-bolstering of the seats, fuel tank treatment, a respray of the rims, new oil hoses, respray of the doors as well as the installation of a completely new air-conditioning unit. The Schedoni leather car wallet also forms part of the car’s itinerary.
No effort or expense was too much in keeping this Ferrari 456 in prime condition. The car, therefore, drives supremely well. Rest rusts is a saying used about people but it also holds true for cars. Due to its regular use, this Ferrari is not troubled by that particular problem. In a world that usually sees cars with 20,000 km or less on the clock, 110,000 may seem a lot. Divide that by its 27 years it actually works out at just over 4,000 km a year. Why in heavens name would you not want to use such a fine beast on a regular basis? This is a car to enjoy rather than worry about the mileage!
The bodywork is in great shape. The fine panelwork has clearly been well looked after. The alignment is also correct. The black external finish has been well maintained. The wheels look great and, as mentioned above, have benefitted from a respray.
Inside the car, things are just fine with the red leather seats contrasting lovely with the black paintwork. The leather has also been correctly conserved and with the re-bolstered seats, you will sit as pretty and comfortable as the day this Ferrari 456 left the Tamsen forecourt.
Mechanically this car is exactly as one would expect from the car’s provenance: perfect! The 65 degrees 5.5 litre V12 develops 442 Ps with the Tubi Style exhaust producing that fantastic exhaust note. The robust engine is attached to a manual 6-speed gearbox. The gearbox is a delight to shift with the clutch working with precision. Thanks to the new suspension and steering housing the car has a fantastic and sure-footed road-holding.
In short; this Ferrari 456 is in impeccable condition with the added benefit that you do not need to worry about clocking up the extra mile or two. With such an excellent state of maintenance, you can easily double the mileage in the coming years. We wholeheartedly recommend this fabulous Ferrari 456 with its favoured manual six-speed and great provenance.