Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,881
Sheehan gets it wrong all the time. Any of his guides are rife with errors. They should let Brian Crall proofread what he writes for Forza. Sales of the F355 in the US were a big deal, the 456 much less so. In addition to changing from Motronic 2.7 to 5.2, Ferrari was also integrating the automatic transmission for the GTA. Production of US MY 95 456s continued right up until the end of the calendar year, so there was plenty of supply, and the US MY 97s were introduced relatively early in 1996 as MY 97s here. During the time MY 96 F355s and early MY 97s were being delivered to the US in CY 96, 1996 production 456s were still being delivered to the UK and Europe, so there was only a short break in US 456 production, not in 456 production for the rest of the world. There are multiple documented ROW 456s built all through 1996 in RHD and LHD versions in Matthias Urban's book. The first GTA I see, with 5.2, was built in July/August 1996.
Sheehan tends to be very breezy with the facts and does not seem to do enough research.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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