2014 FERRARI 458 SpiderView vehicle description
Although officially announced as the F430's successor, the 458 was an entirely new design, incorporating technologies developed as part of the Italian manufacturer's Formula 1 programme.
The 458's specification and performance suggested that it was anything but a 'junior' Ferrari, as it boasted a 4.5-litre V8 engine producing 562bhp, an output good enough for a top speed of 325km/h (202mph).
Reflecting the ongoing trend among supercars towards clutch-less semi-automatic transmissions, a seven-speed Getrag gearbox of that type was the only one available on the 458.
In keeping with Ferrari tradition, the 458's body was designed by Carrozzeria Pininfarina under the supervision of Ferrari's design director, Donato Coco. As one would expect of a car with a 200mph-plus capability, aerodynamics played a major role in the design, yet despite generating considerable downforce the 458's beautifully curvaceous body was remarkably devoid of extraneous appendages.
Former Ferrari Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher had a hand in the design of the interior, which featured a steering wheel incorporating many of the controls normally located on the dashboard or on stalks, as found in modern competition cars.
Despite the apparent handicaps of 135kg weight disadvantage and regular road tyres, the 458 lapped Ferrari's Fiorano test circuit quicker than the track-focused 430 Scuderia. "This was the result of Ferrari going for gold in every department," declared evo. "The 458 represented a quantum leap in technological terms, bringing a hoard of new systems into play to create an enveloping, pure driving experience."
Spin-off models were not long in coming, the first new 458 variant being the almost inevitable Spider, introduced in 2011.
The 458’s page in the annals of Ferrari’s history is marked by two key statements: firstly, that this was the last Ferrari to feature a naturally aspirated V8; and secondly, that it was one of the very last Ferraris designed by Pininfarina (the F12 Berlinetta was the last).
The vendor has had the car for over a year and has covered around 2000 miles with it.
A committed Porsche and Lotus enthusiast, he had long wanted to scratch the Ferrari itch but didn’t want a red or black car, which obviously rules out most of Maranello’s standard colour options.
Then he saw this beauty, finished in the very rare shade of Bianco Italia, a triple layer and pearlescent white paint finish commissioned as a special request by the first owner, at an approximate extra cost of £12,000 + VAT.
Understandably smitten by a car that has the visual allure to make weak women faint and strong men gibber, he immediately sold a Porsche and a Lotus and bought this automotive work of art.
We have driven this car and can attest to the truly addictive nature of the driving experience it delivers.
It is supremely balanced, nimble and responsive. Everything feels perfectly weighted – neither too light nor too heavy. The steering is pin-sharp in its precision and the car faithfully goes exactly where you point it.
And it goes there very quickly, to the accompaniment of a wonderfully rasping, throaty soundtrack of naturally-aspirated V8 snorts and burbles.
Put it into Sport or, if you dare, Race mode, and it makes a noise like a pair of very angry velociraptors having a fight in a tin shed.
Only hail storms and blizzards will prevent you from driving with the roof down and listening to the myriad grunts, coughs, roars, pops, shrieks, blips and barks coming from somewhere behind your head.
Rest assured, people who see it coming will stop and stare, mouths agape in envy and admiration.
People who hear it at the last minute will dive headlong into the nearest hedge, utterly convinced that the apocalypse has arrived.
It’s a fabulous car.
It’s also very highly specified, as the following list amply demonstrates.
· Carbon Fibre Racing Package
· Nero Interior
· 20’’ Forged Painted Rims
· White Rev Counter
· Carbon Fibre Racing Seats (Large)
· Horse Stitched on Headrest - Filo Giallo (Yellow)
· Carbon Fibre Rear Moulding
· Leather Headliner
· Scuderia Ferrari Shields
· Yellow Carbon-Ceramic Brake Calipers
· B-Post in Carbon Fibre
· Rear Diffuser in Carbon Fibre
· Suspension Lifter
· Parking Camera
· Front & Rear Parking Sensors
· Sports Exhaust Pipes
· Electric Steering Column
· Fire Extinguisher
· iPod Connection
· Radionavi System + Bluetooth
On the Outside
The bodywork is pretty much pristine
The panel gaps and shut lines are consistent and even.
The paintwork has a very impressive depth of shine and lustre.
The wheels are seemingly untroubled by time or use.
All the external trim looks fine.
The lights, lenses and badging are all in first-class condition.
The roof goes up and down as it should and fits perfectly flush with the bodywork.
On the Inside
The good news continues unabated on the inside, where the quilted, black leather seats are in very good condition and are surprisingly comfortable – not something that can always be said of supercars of this ilk.
The leather on the door cards, dashboard and F1-style steering wheel has held up equally well.
The Nero black carpets and mats are in excellent condition, as is the leather headlining.
All carbon-fibre inserts and trim look good, as does the instrument cluster and array of toggles, switches, dials, levers and knobs on the dashboard, centre console and steering wheel.
As far as we can tell, everything electrical does what it’s meant to do and all displays are clear, bright and legible.
The luggage space is as pristine as the rest of the vehicle and contains some tools, a battery charger and a car cover.
There’s not much to see underneath other than protective trays and diffusers but, as far as we can tell, everything looks solid, honest and straight.
Ditto the engine bay.
The car’s mileage today is 31,000.
On the occasion of its last MoT in April 2022 (passed with no advisories), the mileage was recorded as being 30,445.
It had covered 15,475 miles at its first MoT in 2017.
The car has the following full, main dealer service history.
Lancaster Colchester - 7,463 miles - 30/4/15.
Lancaster Colchester - 12,143 miles - 28/4/16 - ancillary belts changed.
Lancaster Colchester - 15,480 miles - 7/3/17.
Lancaster Colchester - 20,484 miles - 28/2/18 - ancillary belts changed.
Lancaster Colchester - 24,028 miles - 20/3/19.
Lancaster Colchester - 27,467 miles - 19.3.20 - ancillary belts changed.
Jardine Ferrari Colchester – 29,201 miles – 3/3/21.
Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of this and other paperwork to support our claim that this car has been maintained to a very good standard.
If you’d like to inspect the car prior to placing a bid – something we would encourage – then please use the Contact Seller button to arrange an appointment.
What We Think
One of the last naturally aspirated V8 Ferraris?
One of the last Maranello cars to proudly wear the Pininfarina badge?
Looks to melt hearts and a soundtrack to make birds fall out of the sky?
Full service history, low miles and impeccable condition?
What’s not to like?
We’re happy to offer this superb vehicle for auction with an estimate in the range of £135,000 - £155,000.
Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; we are open weekdays 9am-5pm, to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
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