Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,846
Two totally different Ferraris, and be advised the two rear seats would only be suitable for very, very short trips with adults back there.
The 456M is improved over the 456 GT and the newer models mean there is less likely to be deferred maintenance compared to earlier 456s. The 456 still has shim adjusted valve clearances, not a big deal, while the 360 has hydraulic lifters. Both need cambelt changes at 3-5 year intervals, and both are about the same cost for that and other maintenance procedures, except there are more spark plugs in one of them. Both get terrible gas mileage. The 360 is quicker and handles better in the twisties, but the 456M is less frenetic cruising. Windows have been a problem for the 456 and 456M, but there is a permanent solution available.
Easy to find a good 360, hard to find a good 456M GT. An order of magnitude more production for the V8s.
12 cylinders in front is hard to beat, but 8 cylinders in the middle are pretty neat, too.
Go to ferraridatabase.com and you can download owners manuals and workshop manuals for free.
Most important, ask your wife which one she prefers.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
Every day I look around, and if nobody is shooting at me, it is a pretty good day.