1999 Ferrari 456M GT
Assembly No.: 30266
Manual Gated 6-speed
Exterior: Blu Midnight PPG 136644
Interior: Tan (Cuoio)
Upper Dash: Blu Midnight
I posted about my newly purchased 1999 Ferrari 456M GT on the 550/575M owners thread last October (post #525 on page 27) and a very short posting above with only one photo. I should have made the original posting here, my error.
Although the car's story is in the original posting, I've added some more details of the purchase and update of the repairs to share with others that may be in the situation as I was 4 years ago when I started looking to purchase for my first Ferrari.
After looking at many different Ferrari models, I "finally" realized that I wanted a V12 with a manual transmission. Since my other 3 cars were all 2+2 GTs (Bentley/Lotus/Buick), I focused on the 412 GT, 456/456M GTs. Since only 50 612 manual transmission models were built, and almost impossible to find, it was not in my search, although I could not help myself to view them when the opportunity arose. The older 2+2 models have increased so much in value that they were no longer in my budget.
Last July (2016), I found a very nice 1999 456M GT with 32,000 km in a special order paint (Blu Midnight) and cuoio interior in Montreal that was originally ordered and purchased by the owner of the local Ferrari dealership with a well documented history. Unfortunately, this car was not driven between 2006 and 2014 and likewise was not maintained. It had been for sale for almost 2 years by the 2nd owner (a friend of the 1st owner) who owns several car dealerships in the Ottawa area. He also did not maintain the car at all (no service invoices), but only drove it about 1,500 km. He was asking a very ridiculous price (about 50% over the going price) so I didn't bother fly to Ottawa to look at it. Then the 2nd owner sold it to another friend who owns a very large classic car dealership in Montreal that I have visited several times and got to know him (Italian heritage like mine). So I flew to Montreal (5.5 hours one-way) the day after it was posted online and spent 2 days looking and test driving it. It was now priced "to sell", but since it had been neglected for 10 years, I was able to negotiate a very reasonable price, knowing it would cost a significant amount to get it back to "showroom condition".
There was a long list of repairs that had to be made ($30k CDN; $22k USD), all of which were common for a car that sat idle for 10 years (i.e., no big surprises, just a lot of work that needed to be done).
But most curiously, the front and back bumpers had several very fine vertical cracks, that were only apparent when the light hit them at a certain angle (see the last photo below). There were no signs of impact and no record of any reported accident. I suspect these were fatigue cracks from a very rough running engine developed over several years.
The bumpers appear to be made from a fiber-reinforced plastic (from my visual inspection). It took many e-mails and phone calls between the Ferrari Toronto dealership, Ferrari USA, and Ferrari Maranello before a repair plan could be developed. And since the car had a special order paint (Midnight Blu 136634) that was now 15 years old, the PPG USA/Canada staffs were also contacted for their advice after the first painting was not satisfactory. In the end, the car is now in showroom condition...woohoo!
Has anyone seen this type of bumper cracking in their 456/456M or any other Ferrari model with similar bumper material?
Thanks again to everyone here who assisted with my "purchasing a Ferrari education".