In 2004, Ferrari introduced the F430, the successor of the Ferrari 360. With a redesigned exterior, most noticeably the sharper front end with air ducts inspired by the 1961 156 F1 car driven by Phil Hill, and the rear lights raised, shared with the taillights from the brand’s flagship supercar at the time, the Ferrari Enzo. Though the drag coefficient remained the same, the downforce was greatly enhanced. In addition, the F430 featured an Alcoa-developed aluminums space frame designed chassis (as seen in its predecessor, the 360) and its new power plant – the F136 engine a 4.3L V8 was the result of a collaboration between Ferrari and Maserati; featuring dual camshafts, four valves per cylinder with variable valve timing – producing 483hp at 8,500rpm, matched with either a 6-Speed F1 transmission or traditional 6-Speed manual transmission. Nowadays, the F430 is an appreciating classic within the collectors and supercar market – being the first in line of the post-Y2K Ferrari models.
The example here is a 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider, finished in Grigio Silverstone with a Corsa Red leather interior. It is an original Hong Kong market Ferrari – having been imported and sold as new by Italian Motors Ltd. Aside from having Capristo headers that replace the original ones (invoice provided), no other performance or aesthetic modifications have been done to this car. The automated clutch was replaced two years ago by the previous owner, and a full service record detailing the two years of HKD200,000 worth of maintenance they put into this car, all carried out by Musketeers Motorsports Services Ltd. will be provided (as they really cared for this car when it was in their possession). All of the original F430 literature – from the owner’s manual to the infotainment guide, as well as the original sales & service record and invoices will come attached with this car. The current owner primarily uses this as their weekend car – mostly for Sunday leisure drives. They also report that there are some stone chips present on the exterior and the soft top roof has some visible wear, but all of the original exterior paint has been maintained. Currently, this F430 Spider has accumulated 47,247 km of mileage, has had seven previous owners, and its current road license is valid until 1st December, 2022.
Upon visual inspection, we find the Grigio Silverstone exterior has held up well over the years – despite the stone chip damage on the front the owner reports, the rest of the exterior has been kept in excellent shape, with no signs of significant damage. The rear glass engine cover is fully intact with no cracks on any part of its glass surface. All four factory original wheels have no signs of significant kerb rash and their original paint finish has been preserved well over the years. The surrounding window trim was all as they should, with no signs of cracking, or significant amount of fade from UV exposure. All of the exterior badging – from the Ferrari prancing horse logos to the lettering are preserved in excellent condition with no missing pieces or surface wear. The front headlights and rear tail lights operate without any issues – their casings are free of any damage. While the soft top roof has aged gracefully over the years, there is no severe damage in any of its surfaces or on the rear plastic window – the roof retracts and folds normally when its respective button in the interior is used. The right hand side door mirror does have a small surface scratch, but the rest of the mirror as well as the left hand side mirror has no other damage to report of – this imperfection can be resolved with a touch up.
Interior and Trim
A step inside this low-slung interior – as to be expected of an exotic Italian supercar, and you will admire this classic Ferrari interior from the 2000s. Both red leather seats are in excellent condition and do not possess any serious tears or wear – with the Ferrari logo still etched into the headrests. The leather surfaced dashboard is all fully intact with no visible tears in any of its portions – the centre console buttons and its aluminium surface are all solid with no surface scratches or trim wear, though the automated manual gearbox selector’s ‘Launch Control’ button has visible wear as its plastic surface has bubbled overtime, and the driver’s side door handle panel has a few visible scratches – these can be resolved with replacement buttons and trim pieces to restore their original, unworn look. The steering wheel is in excellent condition with no wear on its leather surrounds and metal surfaces – nor the red ‘Engine Start’ button, the Drive Mode selector on the right, or both paddle shifters mounted in the steering wheel. All of the electric buttons of the centre console are fully operational – from the gear selector to the window switches. The infotainment system works without any issues. The air conditioning blows cold without faults. The instrument cluster and its LED displays are all in full working order with no warning lights or missing pixels.
Engine and Running Gear
The 4.3L V8 switched on with the push of the button on its steering wheel – in true Ferrari fashion, it produces a superb sound that entices you to go out for a drive. The engine bay, showcased prominently through the glass cover is in excellent condition – despite some small amounts of visible patina on the throttle bodies, the rest of this V8 physically is in excellent condition (especially the prominent red engine cover with Ferrari lettering). The engine runs with a clean bill of health – acceleration happens in a very smooth and spectacular manner, with every shift from the F1-derived sharp and precise at the flick of the paddles. There were no strange sounds coming from the suspension, with the ride being a perfect balance of firm and surprisingly comfortable, allowing you to enjoy this open-top Ferrari on a spirited drive or on a long distance cruise. With Ferrari’s soundtrack directly behind you – and far more audible for both occupants to enjoy with the top down, it was an exhilarating driving experience. Don’t miss out on this chance to acquire one of the last 2000s era Ferraris with a naturally-aspirated powertrain; with the added bonus of being able to put the top down when the weather and road ahead is just right – an option only available at the Car Farm.
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