DTO: Bottom Of The Curve: 2000 Ferrari 456M
The Ferrari 456 is an odd car to be found on the pages next to a V8 RWD Focus, but this site isn’t about what is hip/cool/rad – this site is about good deals. So if you are a one percenter in the mood for a front engine V12 powered Ferrari (as the old man himself said all Ferrari’s should be) don’t waste that trust fund on some over priced/slow maintenance prone classic or the latest flashy 599GTXAlonsoRZZ22. Act a little bit like your business savvy old man (or mom) and pick up something near the bottom of its price curve. Find this 2000 Ferrari 456M for sale in Littleton, CO currently bidding on ebay for $24,600 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go. Welcome to another edition of Daily Turismo Omologato (DTO) where we
showcase cars that are above the standard DT price range, but are unique
and worthy of a feature.
You don’t need to search for some salvage title Ferrari that has been to
the bottom of dead man’s curve to get a fast modern car with the
prancing horse emblem…you simply need to look for the car where the
original owners were rich businessmen who want a low profile and a nice car. The 456M cost $50-80k more than the 360 Modena when new, but now trade for 2/3 the price of a similar year/condition 360. This is great news if you prefer the power, class and refinement of a V12 over the flashy glitz of a mid-engine V8. Both are getting a bit long in the tooth, but one is much classier…sort of a question of Sophia Loren vs Sofia Vergara.
The 456M is powered by the latest version of Ferrari’s Dino V12 engine, that started as a V6 with some extra cylinders in the 1960s. The version in the 456M (Tipo F116C) displaces 5.5 liters and makes 442 horsepower from its all alloy DOHC Bosch Motronic ver 5.2 fuel injected 12 cylinders. The Tipo F116C won its class (4.0 liters and larger) in the “International Engine of the Year” awards for 2000 and 2001.
A peek inside this silver beauty reveals an automatic transmission – a perfectly acceptable choice for a luxury grand tourer – especially when you consider that Ferrari no longer offers a clutch pedal in any of their new vehicles.
See a better V12 powered Ferrari for the price of a well equipped Volkswagen Passat? email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
I've been looking at cheap Ferraris on eBay, in the $20-$30K range, but have hesitated to buy one. Ditto Bentleys and Maseratis. I figure if they're this cheap there must be a catch. I don't know anything about these makes, but I can guess that they are repair-intensive and that parts are stratospheric.
They have it listed for sale on their dealership site for $54,990 .. so it might have quite a ways to go before it gets past the reserve. Nice, if understated car (for a v12) though.
The purchase price is only the beginning. Maintenance and service costs will get you.
~ or… if the wife insists on a family vehicle —
Some Wikipedia-inspired thoughts:
– It's the last Ferrari to use the cubic-centimeter-per-cylinder naming convention
– It's the last Ferrari to have pop-up headlights
– It's just a four-speed automatic, like the one in your neighbor's 1998 Corolla. Except your neighbor's shift knob doesn't look like this one. My goodness. If all automatic shift knobs were that gorgeous, we might complain about them less.
Most boring Ferrari of all time? Looks like a Ford Probe. Then again, I dislike 90s car designs.
Slushbox on a Ferrari? Tell it to the judge.
If I am to own a Ferrari—it needs to look like a Ferrari and not a Lexus/Altima/ you get the idea.
Volvo 1800E, and ES
You've seen it before, but its always worth a second look … youtube.com/watch?v=La03k7FzlZA