Ferrari 456 service

Auction Ferrari 456 – The History

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.

Remaining with celebrity and business owners the car continues to be serviced and MOT’d until 2012 where there is a 4-year break from road use and a recorded category D incident. Devon Classic Cars undertook some minor front end cosmetic restoration and when the owner at the time didn’t settle the bill, an employee of Rardley Ferrari purchased the car in 2016 subsequently spending £9,970 for all the usual mechanical overhaul items (suspension, cambelt, valve clearances, new silicone hoses in the V, alternator, various electrical components etc).

Post overhaul, the car was MOT’d in December 2016 with 38,273 miles recorded and put up for sale. The new owner specialising in Classic Cars and owning Horton Books, used the car for 1 year before putting it in storage with Rudler having spent several thousand at Ferrari Swindon on new tyres and service items.

After sitting for a period of time (evidently these cars don’t like doing), there were a number of electrical faults and the cambelt service was due. The car had now been sitting for over 3 years and was sent to Collecting Cars for auction ending up with my winning bid and showing 38,869 miles in September 2020.

The car returned to Rardley Ferrari Specialist for a cambelt service and I got carried away asking for everything to be made safe and reliable for use as a second car albeit with occasional family duties. The bill came to £5,879 and a new MOT with no advisories in November 2020. Unfortunately, due to the car having been sat for over 3 years, the rubber mounts in the fuel tank let go resulting in a fuel tank strip down, 2 x new Bosch fuel pumps, filters and pipes along with a bill for £1,368 only 2 weeks later.

The car has been used weekly with of course only Super Unleaded (Esso 99 in the main), an annual service again (this time a more reasonable £2,538) with Rardley Ferrari and another MOT with no advisories in November 2021 at 40,142 miles.

So, my conclusion, if you fancy a 4-seater GT car experience with 90’s Pininfarina styling, a V12 and like to do some minor tooling; this could be the car for you. Budget for £3k a year in maintenance with potentially £0 depreciation and it’s not as scary as you might think – just don’t put it in storage.

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