This Ferrari F430 Spider manual is a thrilling open-top supercar, with exceptionally-low mileage from new and a highly desirable specification. It is perhaps the company’s ultimate useable convertible offering just as much excitement and agility as the Berlinetta, but with the added bonus of being exposed to the howl of its 483bhp mid-mounted 4.3-litre V8.
Manufactured from 2004 until 2009, the Ferrari F430 was the successor to the very successful 360M and, according to its creators, was at least 70% new compared with the previous model, itself a ground-breaker. Its aluminium structure was more rigid than the 360's, it had a new engine, a new differential, and a brand-new chassis and, although the styling is obviously reminiscent of the 360M's, in reality, it's pretty much a ground-up design. Largely the work of Pininfarina, although overseen by Ferrari's design chief Frank Stephenson, the F430 still looks fresh today, more crisp-edged than the 360, with a strong hint of Enzo around the surface-erupting tail-lights.
The performance is simply breath-taking, with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 195 mph. The advancements in the 430 continued with the 'Manettino', the steering wheel-mounted selector for stability systems, damping, shift speed, and throttle response. Additionally there's the 'E-diff', whose calibrations this alters, a clever, clutch-controlled active differential that sorts out waywardness, not by inhibiting one rear wheel, but by pouring more torque into the other. Ferrari reckons that it's worth three seconds a lap at the Fiorano test track, and it certainly helps make the F430 a far more forgiving machine.
The gated 6 speed manual transmission at the centre of this interior is a real focal point, rumoured to be 1 of just 128 UK RHD Manual examples delivered making it all the more collectable.
This F430 Spider is finished in a fantastic combination of Nero over Nero with red stitching. The powered convertible top is black, and the stunning bright red plenum chambers are showcased through the glass window on top of the engine bay.
UK supplied, right-hand drive, registered 28/07/2006 by H.R. Owen the car has been well-maintained by all of its three previous keepers.
The car presents beautifully. Inside the seats remain soft and supple; retaining a fresh leather smell, the foam within firm and supportive and carpets show minimum use. The dash and all instruments/controls are also in excellent condition. Attention to detail is key to the cabin of this Ferrari; Carbon-fibre trim elements on the dashboard, carbon shift knob, and centre console are complemented by the yellow rev counter. As you could expect given the mileage, the engine bay is also in pristine condition.
Specification list includes: Electric Daytona seats with red stitching, red brake callipers and factory alloys. Cabin equipment includes climate control, power windows/door mirrors and Ferrari stereo Hi Fi sound system.
Accompanying the car is the original stamped service book and owner's leather wallet with manual and factory tool kit.
Mechanically the car is pristine; no expense has been spared in maintaining this example. Service history has been carried out by main dealer/specialists having just been serviced prior to sale in our workshop.
With most modern Ferrari’s now being produced with turbo charged/hybrid power, the sonorous naturally aspirated V8 in the F430 gives the car a sense of theatre and character that many of its contemporary’s are lacking made further more special by the gated manual gearbox.
This F430 Spider manual is a superb example of one of Ferrari's most useable open-top cars. It is equally well-suited to a collector looking for a very low mileage example, as to an enthusiast whose priority is a superb car that is ready to use and enjoy.
Available for viewing at our Brands Hatch Circuit showroom just outside of London. Walk round video and additional photos available on request.