The Pininfarina designed original 456 was available in GT and (from 1996) GTA forms. The difference in name signifies the transmission: the former has a six-speed manual and the latter has a four-speed automatic developed in partnership with FF Developments in Livonia, MI (which was later purchased by Ricardo Engineering in the UK). This was only the fourth automatic transmission ever offered by Ferrari. The 5.5 Litre V12 engine was derived from the Dino V6 rather than the more conventional V12s used in the 412 and Daytona. It produced 436 hp with 4 valves per cylinder and Bosch Motronic 2.7 engine management.
The name 456 is derived from the fact that each cylinder displaces 456 cubic centimetres. This was the last Ferrari to use this naming convention. It is essentially a detuned version of the engine that appears in the 550 and 575. Despite its supercar performance, the 456 has a relatively unstressed engine, which has proven to be a very reliable unit. The chassis is a tubular steel spaceframe construction with a one-piece composite bonnet and body panels of aluminium. The body panels are welded to the chassis by using a special “sandwich filler” called feran that, when laid between, allows steel and aluminium to be welded.
The Modificata 456M appeared in 1998, with many changes to improve aerodynamics and cooling, new front seats and other conveniences (fewer gauges on dash, and a new Becker stereo fitted in front of gear stick rather than behind as in the very shallow and special Sony head unit in the 456 GT). Approximately 3,289 of all versions were built worldwide. These consisted of the following versions: 456 GT (1,548), 456 GTA(403), 456M GT (688) and 456M GTA (650).
This stunning Dutch registered example, in Giallo with black leather, is described as being in excellent condition in all respects. With only 25,750 miles recorded from new, this is a gorgeous, fast, modern, continent-crushing GT car.