Manufactured from 2004 until 2009, the Ferrari F430 was the successor to the very successful 360M and, according to its creators, was at least 70% new compared with the previous model, itself a ground-breaker. Its aluminium structure was more rigid than the 360s, it had a new engine, a new F1 gearbox, a new differential and a brand-new chassis, and although the styling is obviously reminiscent of the 360M's, in reality, it's pretty much a ground-up design. Largely the work of Pininfarina, although overseen by Ferrari's design chief Frank Stephenson, the F430 still looks fresh today, more crisp-edged than the 360, with a strong hint of Enzo around the surface-erupting tail-lights.
Its all-new 4.3-litre V8 engine, with four valves per cylinder instead of the 360s five and chain camshaft drive instead of belts, with a consequent great reduction in service costs, has a variable-valve-timing system lifted straight from the Enzo's V12, dry-sump lubrication, a very high compression ratio (11.3:1), a variable airflow plenum chamber and an enormous electronic brain making the decisions in the form of not one, but two, Bosch Motronic ME7 ECUs. At 483bhp it boasts 21% more power than the 360, exceeding even that of the mighty (and turbocharged) F40, whilst the torque spread is extraordinary for an engine keen to howl beyond 8500rpm. All these factors contribute to a 0-62mph time of just 3.7 seconds and a maximum speed in excess of 196mph.
The advancements continued with the ‘Manettino’, the steering wheel-mounted selector for stability systems, damping, shift speed and throttle response. And there’s the E-diff, whose calibrations this alters, a clever, clutch-controlled active differential that sorts out waywardness, not by inhibiting one rear wheel, but by pouring more torque into the other. Ferrari reckons it’s worth three seconds a lap at the Fiorano test track, and it certainly helps make the F430 a far more forgiving machine than the 360, and a car of supremely subtle and keen responses.
This smart, UK-supplied, right-hand drive 430 dates from 2006 and had just three previous keepers prior to being purchased by our vendor in 2015 to add to his significant stable.
It’s finished in Rosso Scuderia with contrasting Nero Hide and optioned with race seats, Nero carpets, the carbon driving zone, yellow dials, Nero brake callipers and Scuderia Shields.
It has a full main dealer service history and was most-recently serviced by Graypaul in Nottingham during September 2018 at 24,778 miles, with the odometer currently reading 25,102.
UK-delivered with excellent history, this low mileage 430 should not be ignored at today’s guide price.
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