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First announced on the 24th August 2004 - The F430 signalled the arrival of a brand new generation of Ferrari 8-cylinder models. This new car took Ferrari's extraordinary achievements with aluminium technology, that begun with the 360 Modena, to a whole new level offering a series of extremely significant innovations directly derived from the Ferrari Formula 1 single-seaters.
Two of these innovations were world firsts for production cars being the electronic differential (E-Diff) and the steering wheel-mounted switch (better known to the Formula 1 Scuderia's drivers as "manettino"), which manages the integrated systems governing the vehicles dynamics.
The F430 has a compact 4,300 cc 90° V8 engine, which punches out 490 hp; some 80 hp increase over the 360 Modena it replaced. The powerplant achieved a specific output of 114 hp/litre, providing the Ferrari with a power to weight ratio of 2.8 kg/hp (dry weight. The F430 could achieve a 0-62 mph sprint of around 4 seconds and a top speed in excess of 196 mph.
Another particular advance made by the 430 was the aerodynamic design that embodied the very latest competition technologies, specifically the flat underbody and large rear diffuser to help increase downforce.
The F430 marks the very final iteration of the mid-engined, manual gearbox lineage; a recipe that served Ferrari so well from the likes of the 512BB, through Testarossa, F40 and 355. A future classic no doubt.
This example was first supplied on 24th July 2006 through Maranello Sales of Sevenoaks to Mr Kyle-Henney. Superbly optioned in Grigio Silverstone over Nero leather with contrasting Grigio Chiaro stitch, this manual F430 features a number of options rarely seen on manual cars.
At the time of launch, the manual gearbox was the standard offering. Ferrari had pioneered the use of a paddleshift gearbox in Formula 1 and off the back of multiple consecutive world championships, the updated F1 gearbox would be the primary choice for those optioning an F430 new.
This car additionally features the carbon fibre backed racing bucket seats and the upgraded carbon-ceramic brakes; an option which at the time would have set you back £10,000, a full £2,000 more than the upgrade to a convertible!
The interior also receives the carbon fibre driving zone and dashboard inserts; further options include Scuderia Shields, Rosso brake calipers and a Giallo rev counter. Without a doubt, this car was optioned with the intent of pure driving pleasure from the start.
This example remained with its first keeper for 11 years, religiously servicing the car with his local main dealer, Meridien Modena of Lyndhurst. During his ownership, Mr Kyle-Henney covered just 6,700 miles.
In 2017, the car was sold to its second and current keeper through Meridien and since then the car has been used extremely sparingly. Today this example presents with just 7,800 miles from new. Living a pampered life, this F430 has received no fewer than 10 service stamps and will be serviced one more as part of the sale. A fabulous example with all of the most desirable options is available to view by appointment at our showrooms outside London immediately.