A used Ferrari 456 is one of the world’s great supercar bargains. For the price of a new, hot Ford Focus you can have a beautiful 186 mph (300 km/h) grand tourer that’s also a reliable and practical full four seater. Strong and capable with a fine ride and a glorious V12 engine, the 456 is a definite neoclassic.
Launched in 1992 to replace the unloved Mondial, it was the fastest production 2+2 on the planet and, apart from the F40, the most powerful road car developed by Ferrari. Slippery and handsome with a carbon-fiber hood, pop-up headlamps, a glorious six-speed gearbox plus an automatic option, the 456 looked and felt like a Daytona for a fraction of the price. More importantly, the 456 was that rare thing—a Ferrari with quiet class.
A POEM IN ALLOY
The body was alloy, spot-welded to a steel tubular chassis using “Feran” filler, and was shaped by extensive wind tunnel testing. The rear wing was electronically retractable to give extra down force at speed.
Luggage space was generous, and the optional special fitted leather luggage set cost about the same as a small car.
Electric windows moved down slightly when you opened the doors.
Cabin was high quality and much better than previous Ferraris.
The six-speed transaxle manual gearbox lived at the rear and was an engineering gem, lubricated by its own pump and radiator. GTA had a hydraulic four-speed automatic managed by twin Bosch computers. Chrome gear gate, alloy shifter, and precise action means that manual 456s are worth more than autos.
Brilliant alloy 5.5 liter V12 engine cranked out 436 horsepower.
456 was the last Ferrari to have retractable headlights.
S P E C I F I C A T I O N S
MODEL Ferrari 456 GT (1992)
BODY STYLE Two-door, four-seater coupe.
CONSTRUCTION Alloy panels, tubular steel chassis, composite hood.
ENGINE 5,474cc, V12.
POWER OUTPUT 436 bhp.
TRANSMISSION Six-speed transaxle manual.
SUSPENSION Independent all around.
BRAKES Four-wheel ventilated discs.
MAXIMUM SPEED 186 mph (300 km/h)
0–60 MPH (0–96 KM/H) 5 sec
0–100 MPH (0–161 KM/H) 11.6 sec
A.F.C. 15 mpg (6.4 km/l)