A choice many petrol head has considered but probably not many has undertaken; considering the lower end of the Ferrari and Porsche 911 range to be used as a daily driver and transport a family around..
Having been firmly in the Fast German car camp since I was 20 with a VW Corrado VR6 and moving up the ladder to various BMW M3’s and Porsche’s, I decided on a change.
During lockdown I found my way to Collecting Cars and landed on a Ferrari 456, which as a child, remembered for it being the most expensive Ferrari and fastest 4 seater in the world. Cue my surprise that a black v12 Ferrari with 4 seats was looking to sell for comfortably under £30k, I set on convincing my family that this was a sensible purchase. Well, the good thing is they weren’t really listening, so I bought it!
2 years in, what do I think and would I do it again – YES I would and it has been an emotional rollercoaster of a car – you might argue this is part of the appeal.
I took an old school friend with me who has built a number of performance cars and worked for Mercedes and McLaren so better than an Independent Specialist I figure as he only needed a KFC as payment. On arriving at the car storage company and before seeing the car, I remember saying ‘mate, if it’s not on fire, I’m buying it’. He laughed and probably wondered why he’d come all this way.
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As of 2022, here are the Fastest German Cars ever produced:
Audi – R8 V10 with 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and 205 mph top speed
BMW – M5 CS with 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and 190 mph top speed with the limiter removed
Bentley (VAG) – Continental Supersports with 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and 209 mph top speed
Bugatti (VAG) – Chiron with 0-60 in 2.3 seconds and 261 mph top speed
Lamborghini (VAG) – Veneno with 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and 221 mph top speed
Mercedes-Benz – SLR Stirling Moss with 0-60 in 3.3 and 217 mph top speed
Porsche – 918 with 0-60 in 2.2 seconds and 218 mph top speed (picture from topgear.com)
Volkswagen – Golf R with 0-60 in 4.7 and 160 mph top speed. They did however produce some of the above!
Manufactured in April 1997 and purchased by Paul Weiland OBE in May 1997. The paint work is Nero Carbonio with Nero hide and Nero carpets.
The car was maintained by Maranello Surrey until 2001, when second owner (Paul McKenna) continued regular servicing with DK Engineering until 2005.
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Well this has got to be pretty high up on the Brave Pill scale; a Ferrari 456 GTA bought through Collecting Cars, having been stored for 3 years with a flat battery. As you can see my profile name isn’t something usually associated with this type of car and I was on the site looking at a 997 GTS… but, well, front engined, 4 seater, V12 Ferrari with pop up headlights!
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Our knowledgebase is growing with some interesting ownership experiences for what are now very desirable classics. Some of my favourites below include the BMW E30 M3 Evolution II, 1968 Porsche 911T and 930 Turbo LE:
BMW E30 M3 Evo II – http://www.fastgerman.com/e30-m3.htm
Porsche 911T – http://fastgerman.com/forum/porsche-911t/
Porsche 911 930 Turbo LE – http://www.fastgerman.com/911-turbo.htm