Originally involved in the design and development of the Ultima Mk1,2 & 3 and the Ascari FGT, it’s no surprise that Lee Noble wanted to set up his own car company and so in 1999 he formed the Leicester based sports car manufacturer Noble Automotive Ltd, known as Noble. After the early low production M10 convertible, he released the M12 sports car in 2000. Its space-frame chassis, composite body offered curvaceous and aggressive styling and the 2.5 litre twin-turbo mid-engine with rear wheel drive offered performance to boot.
In 2002 the ‘volume’ was turned up with the introduction of the M12 GTO-3, now featuring a 3 litre version of the V6 Duratec and with a remapped ECU the GTO-3 produced a staggering 352bhp, which propelled this British giant killer to a sub 4sec 0-60mph and onto 170mph, offering both excellent on road characteristics or the ability to be a tuned track weapon.
Delivered new in March 2003 by specialist Williams Automobiles Ltd. of Bristol, this stunning Noble M12 GTO-3 is believed to be 1 of only 116 cars produced. Finished in unblemished Titanium Silver with contrasting black / grey alcantara and leather interior, and supplied new with the optional and rare six-piece luggage set, our M12 has clearly been loved and cherished by its owners over the years.
Further to the initial purchase price of £53,725, the history file shows invoices for a further £25,000, covering ongoing maintenance and servicing, also upgrades such as a baffled sump, uprated valve springs and the fitting of a Quaife Limited Slip Differential. A review of the dealer-issued wallet shows the following mileage intervals for servicing: PDI (59 miles), 992, 5146, 12489, 13888, 16773, 21247, 23166, 35239 and 42500 miles (in December 2017), with works being carried out via Noble-approved servicing agents. The GTO is presented exceptionally well, with the refurbished 18” alloy wheels giving the final visual touch to complement the intoxicating sound and supercar styling.
Offered with a complete book pack, 2 keys, and a clear HPI report, this Noble M12 GT0 3 is a perfect example of how British engineering and ingenuity can take on and comprehensively beat its European contemporaries.