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Looks aren’t everything so my mother used to tell me. It’s the person inside she said and how right she was too. In the car world however, looks are very important. Subjective maybe, but still important.

The Porsche Panamera springs to mind. I remember walking up to the car for the first test drive and decided that I was going to hate it. The bulbous rear hind-quarters following the flat-nosed front end made it look as though they had stretched a 911 too far on a rack and stuck two doors on each side. The Panamera was not pretty.

But to drive the car was sublime. Great driving position, performance and handling made it very easy to forget the awkward shape of the car being driven. Until you caught a reflection of the Panamera in a large shop window and realised what the rest of the world could see as you bowled merrily along the high street.

Handing the keys back was filled with mixed emotions. What a great car to drive but so hard to fall in love with. I tried hard to forgive the peculiar design but to this day, nine years later, the Panamera has not aged well. Sorry Porsche. Hopefully your forthcoming face-lift for the car this year will transform this ugly duckling.

History is littered with examples of cars that have struggled in the style stakes but have nonetheless been recognised as proper driving machines. One that came up in conversation recently was the BMW Z3M Coupe. Unkindly described by some people as a ‘bread van’, BMW had somehow managed to transform the interesting design of the Z3 roadster into a disfigured hunchback of a coupe. But we loved it and so it seems does everybody else these days with decent examples fetching up to £40k. Who would have guessed that?

Even Ferrari has made a couple of faux-pas in the shape of the Mondial, designed by Pininfarina, and its predecessor the 308/208 GT4 designed by Bertone. Time hasn’t been kind to the Mondial and possibly the Bertone offspring wins by a whisker in this comparison. What about the Testarossa that still looks like it is stuck in the 80’s with those exaggerated side-intakes and the 456 which was probably the most bland design ever to come from Maranello?

But all it takes is the arrival of a superstar in the company’s line-up and all those previous mishaps are forgotten. Enter the F12berlinetta in 2012.

With a mix of dramatic curves and the odd aggressive sharp crease in the right place Ferrari created a car you could stare at all day. You could buy it and never drive it because you wanted to make sure you had taken in every inch of the beautiful shape and then go back and check it all over again.

But drive it you must. Before the LaFerrari arrived it was the fastest production car out of Maranello. The figures speak for themselves: 6.2 litre V12 producing 740hp. 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds. 0-120 mph in 8.5 seconds. Maximum speed 211 mph. The F12 is a seriously fast car and only the F12tdf will come between this and the LaFerrari when it is launched this year.

However, it is not just about the looks and the performance figures but it is also the aural sensation of the way it goes about its business. The engine note is akin to that heard in a Formula One race car. A kind of mid-range bark that turns into a screaming wail at high revs and then crackles loudly on the fast down-shifts. Delicious.

So there it is. Is the F12berlinetta the perfectly packaged sports car with the looks, the performance and the noise to go with it? We think it comes close and has certainly set a very high bar for all newcomers. Maybe only Ferrari itself can eclipse its own accomplishments but we shall find out in the fullness of time no doubt.

For anybody now thinking of purchasing an F12berlinetta we can tell you about a car that will be coming onto the market in a couple of weeks from now – let’s say early February.

Finished in Rosso Corsa with Cuoio Leather interior, this F12 is right hand drive, brand new and unregistered. The specification includes the following: yellow brake calipers and rev counter, Scuderia shields, fully electrically operated seats, reverse camera, suspension lifting system, AFS, carbon/LED steering wheel plus 20″ forged and painted wheels. This is also a vat qualifying vehicle.

For further details including pricing information please contact The Car Spy on ++44 (0)1892 506970 or ++44 (0)7809 890969. You can also send an email to sales@thecarspy.net

In the meantime this video from Chris Harris about the Ferrari F12berlinetta gives a good insight to the car and its ultimate capabilities. It is nearly 15 minutes long but great viewing….enjoy!

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We have already eulogised over the F355 in years gone by and we still reckon it is amongst the best of the breed from the Prancing Horse. As a design it seems to get better with age. As a driver’s car it is sublime. It was built in the mid-nineties and it doesn’t feel super-fast by today’s standards but in the performance stakes it still ranks as ‘more than adequate’ for traffic-light drag races.

These were the facts and figures as told by Ferrari back in the mid-90’s…..

Max power @ rpm: 375 hp (280 kW) @ 8250 rpm
Torque @ rpm: 363 Nm (268 lb·ft) @ 6000 rpm
0–60 mph: 4.6 seconds
0–100 mph: 10.8 seconds
Quarter Mile: 12.9 seconds
Top speed: 183 mph

Not exactly a couch potato then!

A total of 2664 F355 Spiders were sold worldwide between 1995 and 1999 and in the UK the list price was £82550 at launch.

The stories of certain Ferrari models reaching eight-figure sums at auction these days are commonplace and possibly for some the bubble must soon inevitably burst. Take the 246 Dino as an example. Probably not the best car to come out of Modena and for many years it had a lukewarm following. Paying £50k for a decent example a few years back was entirely feasible. Today you would be lucky to get change from £250k.

There is certainly a ‘halo’ effect being created by the multi-million dollar sales of 250 GTO’s and the charismatic appeal of the Ferrari brand seems to get stronger every year.

Does this mean every model made by the company will be a solid-gold investment? Possibly, but probably not the Mondial which is still the £20k back door to Ferrari ownership – for now anyway.

On the other hand the F355 seems to tick all of the right boxes for future ‘investment value’ credentials. Will it be possible to buy a good example for less than £100k this time next year? It is starting to look unlikely.

So if you like the idea of paying less than £70k for a manual F355 Spider today then we are selling a splendid example on behalf of the owner as follows:-

Finished in very rare Argento Nurburgring Metallic with Navy Leather Interior and Fabric Roof this stunning original F355 Spider has covered only 30,000 miles since it was manufactured in 1996 and comes complete with a Full Ferrari and Specialist Service History.

Specification as follows:-

3496cc V8 DOHC 375 bhp Petrol Engine, 6-Speed Manual Gearbox, ABS, ASR, PAS, 18″ 5-Spoke Alloys, Body-coloured Heated Door Mirrors, Electric Navy Fabric Folding Soft-Top, Front Fog Lamps, Air Conditioning / Climate Control, Electric Windows, Fully Adjustable Electric Front Seats, Adjustable Leather Steering Wheel, Drilled Aluminium Pedals, Multiple Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm / Immobiliser, Pioneer Radio/CD Player, Tonneau Cover, Fire Extinguisher, Leather Tool Case, Ferrari Car Cover and Battery Charger.

This F355 Spider is currently on sale at…..£POA

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or 07809 890969. You can also email sales@thecarspy.net.

 

Finished in Diamond Black this new, unregistered 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost has the following options in addition to the standard high-level specification:-

Crème Light / Black interior, Contrast Stitching in Black, Cornsilk Carpets/Rugs, Piano Black Veneer, Drivers Assistance System One – High Beam Assistance, Lane Departure Warning, Head-Up Display; Television Tuner, Camera System, 20” Forged Alloy Wheels, Picnic Tables, Adaptive Headlights, Panoramic Sunroof, Lambswool Foot-mats, Comfort Entry System, Chromed Visible Exhausts, Rear Theatre Configuration, Rear Privacy Glass, Polished Stainless Steel Tread-plates, Extended Leather, Individual Rear Seats, Universal Garage Door Opener.

This car is physical and available to purchase now at £244977.80 inc VAT (excluding delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

Finished in Diamond Black with Silver Satin Bonnet this new, unregistered 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost has the following options in addition to the standard high-level specification:-

Black / Seashell interior, Seat Piping in Seashell, Cornsilk Carpets/Rugs, Piano Black Veneer, Drivers Assistance System One – High Beam Assistance, Lane Departure Warning, Head-Up Display; Television Tuner, Camera System, 20” Forged Alloy Wheels, Picnic Tables, Adaptive Headlights, Panoramic Sunroof, Lambswool Foot-mats, Comfort Entry System, Chromed Visible Exhausts, Rear Theatre Configuration, Rear Privacy Glass, Polished Stainless Steel Tread-plates, Extended Leather, RR Inlays to Door Cappings / Stainless Steel Pinstripes.

This car is physical and available to purchase now at £253263.80 inc VAT (excluding delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

Finished in Jet Black Metallic with Full Smooth Finish Black Leather interior this new, unregistered Cayenne S Hybrid has the following options in addition to the standard high-level specification:-

Floor Mats, Park Assist, Porsche vehicle Tracking System, 100 Litre Fuel Tank, Voice Control, Telephone Module, BOSE, Universal Audio Interface, Rear Sidebags, Ski Bag, Comfort Memory Package (14 Way), Matt Aluminium Roof Rails, Automatically Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors, Heated Windscreen, Stainless Steel Front and Rear Apron, Side Running Boards,Reversing Camera, Porsche Communication Management, Door Sill Guards in Stainless Steel, Heated Front and Rear Seats, 21” 911 Turbo Wheels, Compass Display at Instrument Panel, PCM with Navigation, Bose Surround System, Panoramic Roof, Anthracite Birch Interior Package, Privacy Glass, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Bi Xenon Lighting System, Powerlift Tailgate, Sports Tailpipes, Lane Change Assistant, Professional Paint Care, Homelink, 3 Year GAP Insurance.

This car is available to purchase now at £83921 inc VAT (excluding delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

Finished in Silver this new, unregistered 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost long wheelbase has the following options in addition to the standard high-level specification:-

Consort Red interior, Consort Red Carpets/Rugs, Piano Black Veneer, Drivers Assistance System One – High Beam Assistance, Lane Departure Warning, Head-Up Display; Television Tuner, Camera System, 20” Forged Alloy Wheels, Picnic Tables, Adaptive Headlights, Panoramic Sunroof, Lambswool Foot-mats, Comfort Entry System, Chromed Visible Exhausts, Rear Theatre Configuration, Individual Seats, Front and Rear Ventilated Seats, Rear Massage Seats, Rear Privacy Glass, Rear Compartment Curtains, Rear Compartment Telephone, Polished Stainless Steel Tread-plates, Extended Leather and Door Pockets Lighting.

This car is physical and available to purchase now at £273062.60 inc VAT (excluding delivery costs)

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

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Finished in Jet Black Metallic with Platinum Grey standard interior this June 2011 registered Cayenne Hybrid has recorded 2000 miles and has the following options in addition to the standard high-level specification:-

Floor Mats, Comfort Memory Package Seats (14-way adjustment rather than standard 8-way), iPod Connection, Navigation, Bluetooth, Phone, Porsche Active Suspension Management, Multi-Function Steering Wheel, Crests Embossed on Head Rests, Heated Front Seats, Powerlift Tailgate, Privacy Glass, BOSE, Park Assist Front and Rear, 20″ Cayenne Sport Design Wheel.

This car is available to purchase now at £69500 inc VAT (excluding delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give us a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net