Part of a long line of elegant 2+2 V12 Ferraris, the 456 was the first modern V12 Ferrari. When it appeared, it was exceptionally sophisticated in terms of both its technology and its performance. With a new V12 engine, it was Ferrari’s most powerful roadgoing V12 produced to date, and was paired for the first time with a 6-speed gearbox which was mounted at the rear, making it the first transaxle 2+2 Ferrari, a configuration previously reserved for Ferrari’s two seat cars. With its 192 mph top speed, the 456 was the fastest 4-seat car available new at the time, and was only marginally slower than the 195 mph 512TR that was simultaneously available. The car genuinely represented a quantum leap forward. Midway through the 456’s life it was updated to create the 456M (for modificata), which employed a new front fascia including carbon fiber hood, revised engine, and updated interior to modernize the styling in a fashion more consistent with the interior of the 550.
This particular car is from the final year of 456 production, and is an exceptionally desirable M with manual transmission. Equipped with Daytona seats and Schedoni luggage, this car is also complete with car cover, books, tools, jack, and service records for the recent extensive maintenance it has received. Since 2017, the car has received a major service including timing and all auxiliary belts, cam cover gaskets, shocks, oil changes (most recently in May 2020 as part of an annual service that also included brake and clutch fluid), transmission fluid, front brake pads, new tires, renewed coolant, new coolant hoses, record radiator, airbag module, battery, spark plugs, air filters, spark plugs, and an alignment. In 2018, the car was judged by the Ferrari Club of America at Concorso Italiano, where the car achieved silver.