This week at the All Saints Brewery shooting venue, is James’ concourse condition 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Anniversary Spider. With just 3344 miles on the clock (yes, really) it’s one of the finest examples in the UK, and it could be yours. If the right offer comes along, James would sell the car that took him 30 years to save up for.
The Ferrari F430 was introduced in 2004 as the replacement to the 360, with the Spider being introduced a year later at the Geneva Motor Show. Designed by Pininfarina using aerodynamic technology from Formula 1, performance was almost identical to the coupe, with just a slight trade off in weight and a 3 mph hit to its top speed.
The Ferrari 4.3 litre V8 really likes to rev, peaking at just below 8,500 rpm while pumping out 483 hp in the process, with an equally healthy 343 lb⋅ft of torque at 5,250 rpm, most of which is low down in the rev range making this a surprisingly versatile car considering its serious sporting intentions, both in the power and handling department. 0-62 is dealt with in a suitably rapid 4.3 seconds before running out of puff at 190 mph.
“The inspiration to own a Ferrari all started from a little boy who came from a working class background with humble beginnings. I grew up always being told you can never own a car like a Ferrari.”James, Owner
The F1 refers to the 6-speed sequential gearshift, which is a massive improvement over the 360’s and proves to be smooth in most situations. As I sat in the passenger seat watching James flick the paddle behind the wheel, I couldn’t feel it shift at all. What I definitely did notice however, was just how much the music from the V8 increased with just a dab of the throttle. The exhaust features a baffle that opens above 3000 rpm increasing the volume substantially. You will get noticed in this car, there wasn’t a head that didn’t turn as we burbled through Stamford.
James’ F430 F1 Spider is the 60th Anniversary model, which differs in that it has a few extras over the standard spec car, such as numerous carbon fibre trim, carbon ceramic brakes, track modes, etc. It’s also enhanced further with even more extras from the options list, including the Ferrari shield on the wings and the yellow rev counter.
Some say it’s not the most beautiful Ferrari, but I disagree. As I stood there with camera in hand, it looked purposeful and features some great but subtle details such as the line and crease from the front wing to the rear of the car, or the way the rear lights carve out of the body. Even the rear carbon fibre grill is a work of art, and the shark like nose vents looks as though they’d suck animals from the hedges as you blast by. And it’s mint, having been given a full service every year, regardless of condition, and would of course come fully detailed before sale.
“I set a long term plan from the age of sixteen and worked smart, not just hard, and saved up for 30 years”James, Owner
This isn’t just a rich mans toy, however… for Bentley salesman James, it’s meant 30 years of saving and hard graft to buy his dream Ferrari, in this case a 2007 model that he bought in 2016. With an unbelievably low 3344 miles on the clock even after 3 years of ownership, it’s not just an occasional toy, it’s a very lucrative investment.
” The inspiration to own a Ferrari all started from a little boy who came from a working class background with humble beginnings. I grew up always being told you can never own a car like a Ferrari, it’s for the rich and famous, not an ordinary boy like me,” said James.
“I went to the 1986 motor show and took some great photos with my Kodak camera at the time, then I had the film produced and was amazed at how good they looked, from Porsche’s to Ferrari’s. I showed my uncle who came one evening to see all my lovely photos, but he then said to me, ‘nice photos, that is all they will ever be’. I was a bit confused as he was saying I could never own a car like this.
“It made me even more determined to own a Ferrari one day. So I set a long term plan from the age of sixteen and worked smart, not just hard, and saved up for 30 years. The day came three years ago and I purchased the Ferrari of my dreams.
“Dreams, desire, and determination can make things happen.”
Amen to that! More images below. If you’re interested in buying this very car, please email NO LONGER AVAILBLE to find out more information. Serious enquiries only, please.