Monterey | Lot 360
1999 Ferrari 456M GT
$179,200 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
14 August 2021
- Offered from the collection of Ron Tonkin
- Finished in the dramatic color scheme of Azzurro California over Avorio leather
- Desirably equipped with a gated six-speed manual transmission
- One of just 640 manual-transmission examples produced between 1998 and 2004
- Driven 5,601 miles since new at time of cataloguing
Ferrari’s 456M was launched in 1998 as an upgrade to the existing 456. While Pietro Camardella’s achingly pretty Pininfarina design was largely untouched, subtle changes made the 456M a significantly improved car. Carbon fiber was used for the hood, and the interior was thoroughly overhauled to make it more ergonomic. The 436-brake horsepower 5.5-liter V-12 was fettled by having its firing order changed to run more smoothly, and the car retained its claim of being the fastest production four-seater from 1992–2002.
Amongst the hierarchy of the 456 family of Ferraris, six-speed manual 456M GTs are certainly at the top. With a number of subtle changes to the original platform, these were the perfect mix between practicality and performance, offering the ease of everyday usability with seating for four.
This stunning Azzurro California over Avorio 456M GT offered has been retained since new within the personal collection on Ferrari dealer Ron Tonkin. It is one of just 640 examples produced between 1998 and 2004 equipped with the desirable gated six-speed manual transmission. It was further specified with a dark blue-colored upper dashboard and matching steering wheel. In October 2002, an aftermarket Tubi exhaust was fitted. This stunning 456M GT is now accompanied by its original window sticker, manuals, tools, service invoices, and car cover.
In preparation for sale, this gorgeous 456M GT has been treated to a comprehensive servicing by Ferrari Master Technicians on staff at Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. This car’s alluring presentation is surely appropriate given its esteemed ownership history from the personal collection of one of America’s most well-regarded and successful Ferrari dealers.
The 456M GT is one of the most attractive and well-equipped GTs of Ferrari’s late model catalog. This example’s stunning color combination, and noted, single-owner history are surely compelling facets of its present appeal.