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• UK-supplied right-hand drive, manual box, 36,000 miles
• Superb F430 Berlinetta gloriously finished in Argento with a red leather interior
• 1 of circa 100 examples in right-hand drive, supplied to the UK with a manual gearbox
• Most recent service carried out (February 2019) by marque specialist Stewart Roden Motors
• Supplied with a UK V5c, the original tool kit and tyre compressor
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 F1 gearbox, 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.
Its all-new 4.3-litre V8-engine, with four valves per cylinder instead of the 360's five, and chain camshaft drive instead of belts, with a consequential reduction in service costs, has a variable-valve-timing system lifted straight from the Enzo's V12, dry-sump lubrication, a very high compression ratio (11.3:1), a variable airflow plenum chamber, and an enormous electronic brain making the decisions in the form of not one, but two, Bosch Motronic ME7 ECUs. At 483bhp, it boasts 21% more power than the 360, exceeding even that of the mighty (and turbocharged) F40, whilst the torque spread is extraordinary for an engine keen to howl beyond 8500rpm. All of these factors contribute to a 0-62mph time of just 3.7 seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 196mph.
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 than the 360, and a car of supremely subtle and keen responses.
Offered here is a UK-supplied, right-hand drive 2005 Ferrari F430 Berlinetta with the desirable manual gearbox. Finished in Argento Silver the interior is trimmed in red leather. Our vendor purchased the car some six years ago and has since had all maintenance carried out by marque specialist, Stewart Roden Motors of Edinburgh. The latest service was done in February ’19 resulting in an invoice for £2,500+vat. For the last three years, all maintenance work has been photographically recorded.
Now showing 36,000 miles, this car is in super condition and presents an opportunity to own a useable Ferrari with sensible mileage. Supplied with its 6-CD changer, original Ferrari toolkit, compressor and foam tyre compound. All the original manuals and handbooks are included, except for the F430 Owner’s manual, which is on PDF. The vendor is to retain his private registration so the car will arrive at the sale with an age-related registration.
A manual V8 Ferrari, what’s not to like?