1996 FER­RARI 456 GTA

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING - MIKE LE CAPLAIN PRO­DUC­TION ED­I­TOR

WHY I LOVE IT Day­tona looks and power for a tiny frac­tion of the price

With the pos­si­ble ex­cep­tion of the F355, the 456 GT is, in my opin­ion, the most beau­ti­ful Fer­rari since the 365GTB/4 ‘Day­tona’. And Sil­ver­stone’s 27,000-mile ex­am­ple is in what I con­sider to be the per­fect spec, lack­ing both the later 456M’s slightly fussy-look­ing front fog­lights and the im­prac­ti­cal (and slightly pre­ten­tious) beige leather that Nineties mil­lion­aires al­ways seemed to favour. Bet­ter still, it’s fin­ished in the only colour that brings out the very best in its gor­geous Pin­in­fa­rina lines – Tour de France Blue. Pe­riod road testers never warmed to the au­to­matic trans­mis­sion op­tion in­tro­duced in 1996, but this is no high-revving road-burner – it’s for whisk­ing you to the Café de Paris in Monaco in time for cock­tails with Na­talie Port­man.

ES­TI­MATE £40-48k

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