2007 Ferrari F430Spider
- Offered from the Ming Collection
- Upgraded with carbon-fiber-backed seats and interior trim
- Obsessively maintained to the highest standard
- Original list price $313,000
- Driven just 252 miles
The Ferrari F430 bowed under the bright lights of the 2004 Paris Motor Show as the replacement to the automaker’s 360. The two share a rear mid-engine layout and take up roughly the same footprint with a 102-inch wheelbase and approximately 177 inches between their bumpers, but that’s about where the similarities end.
As its name implies, the F430 is powered by a 4.3-liter F136 V-8, which made its Ferrari debut under the skin of the Frank Stephenson–penned car. The V-8 boasts dry-sump lubrication and was factory-rated at 483 horsepower and 343 foot-pounds of torque. The new F136 was the first Ferrari V-8 to move on from architecture that dated back to the Dino racing program that began in the 1950s. Of course, the F136 benefitted directly from Scuderia Ferrari. Its four-valve cylinder head and valves were sourced from the company’s Formula 1 efforts.
The engine could be paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox with Ferrari’s signature gate or the F1 electrohydraulic six-speed automated manual. The F430 served as the debut platform for a small dial on the steering wheel to control the car’s five drive modes. The manettino knob reconfigured the car’s stability control, its throttle response, its electronic dampers, and even its active rear differential.
About six months after the berlinetta debuted, the F430 spider joined the lineup at the 2005 Geneva salon. Its roof panel tucks away above the engine bay at the touch of a button.
The F430 spider offered here was special-ordered by the Ming Collection with a staggering array of options, including red French-stitched leather interior trim, the F1 gearbox, and even a fire extinguisher housed in a matching leather cover, which inflated its original list price as delivered to Ferrari of San Francisco to $313,000. Finished in traditional Rosso Corsa over a tan leather interior, the F430 spider is a fitting tribute to Ferrari’s 60th anniversary. An interior badge attests to its production during the celebration of the brand’s six decades.
The car was later upgraded with carbon-fiber-backed factory racing-style seats that integrate beautifully with additional carbon-fiber trim featured in the interior and engine bay. The interior is protected by a set of custom Keith Collins floor mats, while the exterior features full clear protection as well as Delrin skid pads beneath the lower front spoiler. Furthermore, the F430 has been upgraded with a full Tubi exhaust, while the original unit accompanies the car. Showing only 252 miles, the F430 has been sparingly used and obsessively maintained in a private, climate-controlled collection. Age-related services have been performed, and the car was treated to a full service in January 2017.
Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be sold to a dealer or out-of-state resident.
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