The 1999 Ferrari 456 M GTA is a grand tourer that combines the Italian automaker's legendary performance with the comfort and luxury of a touring car. The 456 M GTA is a revised version of the Ferrari 456, which was first introduced in 1992. The 456 was a replacement for the front-engine 412 as the company's V12-powered four seater. The updated 456M, which was the last Ferrari model to use pop-up headlamps, was replaced in 2004 by the 612 Scaglietti.
Under the hood, the 456 M GTA is powered by a 5.5-liter V12 engine that produces 442 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox, the 456 M GTA is capable of reaching a top speed of almost 300 kmh and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmh in just over 5 seconds.
The exterior design of the 456 M GTA is sleek and modern, with a low and wide stance that exudes performance. The car's lines are aerodynamic, with a front end that is reminiscent of Ferrari's classic sports cars. The interior is equally impressive, with leather upholstery and a host of high-tech features that make the 456 M GTA a comfortable and luxurious touring car.
The 456 M was unveiled in 1998, starting with chassis number 109589. One of the most significant changes in the 456 M GTA was the introduction of the "M" designation, which stood for "Modificata." The Modificata version of the 456 included several upgrades, including an improved suspension system, better brakes, and a revised exhaust system. Many changes were made to improve aerodynamics and cooling and the interior – still featuring Connolly Leather – was refreshed with new seats and other conveniences (fewer gauges on the dash, and a new Becker stereo fitted in front of the shifter). The 456 had a smaller grille with fog lights outside the grille. The undercarriage spoiler on the 456 M is fixed. The bonnet was the first commercial application of carbon fibre, the previous being made of a composite material. These changes improved the car's handling and overall performance, making it a better performer on both the road and the track.
The "GTA" in the name stands for "Automatic," indicating that the 456 M GTA was equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission. While some Ferrari purists may prefer a manual transmission, the automatic gearbox is well-suited for a grand touring car like the 456 M GTA. The automatic transmission allows for a smoother and more comfortable ride, making the car more enjoyable for long-distance trips.
Overall, the 1999 Ferrari 456 M GTA is a fantastic combination of performance, comfort, and luxury. It offers the raw power and precision handling that Ferrari is known for, while also providing a comfortable and refined interior that makes it a pleasure to drive for long distances. With its sleek design, high-tech features, and impressive performance, the 456 M GTA is a true masterpiece of Italian engineering and automotive design.
The total production of the 456 amounted to 3.289 units. These consisted of the following versions:
456 GT: 1.548
456 GTA: 403
456M GT: 688
456M GTA: 650
This M GTA example is one of only 650 examples built, finished in a rare and stunning colour combination with a special order two tone interior. Exceptionally preserved Japanese example in luxury condition.
The most recent auction result of this exact model was on the 4th of February 2023 for 73.904 EUR (link)!
|Engine||5.474 ccm, 442 PS, V12|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Rosso Monza|
|Color - interior||Beige / Dark Red|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||81.270 km|
|Chassis / VIN||ZFFWP50JPN0114803|
|Location - Country||Czechia|
|Location - City||Brno|
2-door coupe body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), automatic 4-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 5474 cm3, advertised power: 325 kW / 436 hp / 442 PS (ECE), torque: 550 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4763 mm, width: 1920 mm, wheelbase: 2600 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 1890 kg; top speed: 298 km/h (185 mph) (declared by factory); accelerations: 0-60 mph 5.2 s, 0-100 km/h 5.5 s (declared by factory)