The Ferrari F430 is a sports car that was produced by the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari from 2004 to 2009. A successor to the Ferrari 360, it debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show.
Designed by Pininfarina, under the guidance of Frank Stephenson, the body styling of the F430 was revised from its predecessor, the Ferrari 360, to improve its aerodynamic efficiency. A great deal of Ferrari heritage was included in the exterior design. At the rear, the Enzo’s tail lights and interior vents were added. The car’s name was etched into the Testarossa-styled driver’s side mirror. The large oval openings in the front bumper are reminiscent of Ferrari racing models from the 60s, specifically the 156 “sharknose” Formula One car and 250 TR61 Le Mans cars of Phil Hill.
The F430 features a 4.3L V8 petrol engine of the “Ferrari-Maserati” F136 family. This new power plant was a significant departure for Ferrari, as all previous Ferrari V8′s were descendants of the Dino racing program of the 1950s. The engine’s output specifications are: 483 hp at 8500 rpm and 343 lb·ft of torque at 5250 rpm, 80% of which is available below 3500rpm. Despite a 20% increase in displacement, engine weight grew by only 4 kg and engine dimensions were decreased, for easier packaging. The connecting rods, pistons and crankshaft were all entirely new, while the four-valve cylinder head, valves and intake trumpets were copied directly from Formula 1 engines, for ideal volumetric efficiency.
The F430 featured the E-Diff, a computer-controlled limited slip active differential which can vary the distribution of torque based on inputs such as steering angle and lateral acceleration
Other notable features include the first application of Ferrari’s manettino steering wheel-mounted control knob. Drivers can select from five different settings which modify the vehicle’s ESC system, “Skyhook” electronic suspension, transmission behavior, throttle response, and E-Diff.
6 Speed Manual, Heated Electric seats, Bi-xenon Headlamps, Carbon dash trim, Giallo Calipers, Stainless door entry strips, Steering wheel manettino, Electric mirrors, Radio / CD, Paint protection film, AC, On board Computer.
The Grigio Silverstone paintwork is a deep, rich colour with a generous silver flake that shows off the sculpted Pininfarina lines with perfection under our studio light. The bodywork is pleasingly blemish free with paint shield applied to front bumper, bonnet, mirrors and original protection to the side skirt intakes with no clouding or peeling of film to report. All lights and trim are similarly presented with no scuffs or marks to report.
A pristine example that would be well placed in any private collection.
The Cream leather interior is a perfect match for the dark grey exterior, boasting a sharp, smart contrast. Whilst there is some very light bolster wear to the driver’s side, the leather seats and interior trimming is beautifully stitched together and remains soft and supple; retaining a fresh leather smell.
With the beautiful chrome topped manual gearbox as the centre piece, traditional meets tech with crema trim, black dash and carbon fibre inserts surrounding the vents.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This example fires immediately into life, with a roll of ignition throttle, and settles purposefully to that familar V8 buzz. The gearbox is a real pleasure to use, and that wonderfully exposed gate provides a tactility and engagement that an F1 variant can never quite achieve.
With the clutch renewed just 100 miles ago the drive train is tight and assured, whilst the exhaust clamp and subsequent nuts have been replaced.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 19 inch wheels present very well with Pirelli PZero Rosso rubber showing plenty of tread depth having covered a handful of miles since replacement.
Calipers match the wheel badges in Giallo fly with no chips or flaking to the paint, whilst discs are in excellent order with no lipping or pad material build up in the cross-drill sections. Wheel bolts still retain excellent shape, structure and presentation – a hallmark of fastidious ownership.
Registered in March of 2007 by Maranello Concessionaires, this F430 has an exemplary service record with extensive paperwork to support.
05.02.09 – 8,641 miles – Joe Macari
11.12.09 – 12,567 miles – Maranello
13.02.12 – 19,815 miles – Maranello
03.12.12 – 20,525 miles – Maranello
10.12.13 – 22,712 miles – Maranello
09.11.15 – 25,244 miles – Bob Houghton
11.10.16 – 25,703 miles – Bob Houghton
With the clutch replaced and recent front and rear lower ball joints the car is mechanically on the button and ready for the spring / summer ahead.
A full book pack, spare key and tracker subscription is also present in the history file.
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