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Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spider 16M

Vinyl is making a comeback apparently. Yours truly thought it had never disappeared but LP sales are on the rise again and the reason, we are told, is that people have re-discovered the peculiar qualities of music recorded on a grooved, 12″ plastic disc as opposed to a shiny holographic Compact Disc or the overly-compressed MP3 format.

The sound of noise makes a difference and ‘heavy metal’ car manufacturers have known that for years. Lamborghini could never make a car that sang ballads. It is the Motorhead of the car world – raw, raucous and mental. A Lamborghini Lemmy would have been entirely appropriate. TVR was (and hopefully still will be) any thrash metal band you care to mention. Aston Martin (and Jaguar) has adopted a Led Zep Jimmy Page hammer-tone to its latest cars and Ferrari is the Iron Maiden of the same universe since they have been around for so long with their loud, extrovert cars.

When you buy a super-car slash hyper-car you expect it to be loud but when you fire it up you want it to hit you in the chest with an invisible fist that expels the air from your lungs. Literally breath-taking. Many cars can do that these days but back in 2009 Ferrari gave to the world the F430 Scuderia Spider 16M. At first sight it looked like a convertible Scuderia F430 but in reality it turned out to be a member of Judas Priest.

The bark from a 16M is addictive. It is visceral and it will make your ears bleed. Every drive in the car will involve a route that consists of a bunch of tunnels to search for the next fix. Just visit YouTube and type ‘Scuderia 16M’ into the search bar to get an idea of what makes the 16M special. The videos will give you an insight of what to expect from a 16M but you really need to be standing near or sitting in one to appreciate the car properly. It’s all about the noise.

Dinner-party fact: the car was called ’16M’ to commemorate Ferrari’s 16th victory in the Formula 1 Constructor’s World Championship in 2008.

The 4.3 litre V8 engine produces 510 PS (503 hp) and 470 Nm (350 lb·ft) torque at 5250 rpm so 60 mph comes up in a smidgen over 3 seconds and the 16M will max out just shy of 200 mph. The car has a fair share of carbon fibre so it is pretty lightweight and the chassis was stiffened to cope with the extra performance available to make it more track-focused. Lightened front and rear bumpers (compared to the 430 Scuderia) and unique 5-spoke forged wheels were produced for the 16M and helped to considerably reduce unsprung weight with larger front brakes and calipers added for extra stopping power. Enough said.

Other features include a race-tuned suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, the ‘Superfast2’ automated manual transmission that enables shift changes in 60 milliseconds, LED up-shift markers in the steering wheel plus the now-familiar ‘manettino’ race-mode selector.

Only 499 vehicles in total were produced from early 2009 and all were sold to pre-selected clients. Only 37 were made in right hand drive form which means that if you live in the UK and you like your passenger seated to your left in your 16M you may wait some time before you see your preferred car of choice come on sale.

Which brings us neatly to the 2009 right hand drive example that is being offered on behalf of the current owner.

Finished in Rosso Corsa with Tessuto Nero Tipo Cordura interior this 16M has covered only 7500 miles since new and comes with a comprehensive service history. The most recent service and MOT was carried out by HR Owen Ferrari in October 2015.

This particular 16M features Carbon Fibre Exterior Package, Carbon Fibre Racing Seats, Nero Soft-top, Rosso Brake Calipers, Racing Livery with Italian Flag, Extra Campionario Nero Carpets, Rosso Rev Counter, Rosso Stitching, Dash-mounted i-Pod Touch, Navtrak, Ferrari book pack, Ferrari toolkit, Ferrari car cover and two keys. Also included is a valuable Ferrari Classiche Certificate and supporting documentation. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

This stunning right hand drive Scuderia 16M is currently, oops sorry now SOLD! To find out more give The Car Spy a call on 01892 506970 or email

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


Finished in Volcano Red with Black Alcantara/Leather Interior this new, unregistered, right hand drive 12C Spider comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Stealth badge, CF mirror casings, CF Turning vanes, Stealth pack, Sports exhaust, Super Lightweight wheels diamond cut finish, Electric & heated seats, CF interior upgrade, Contrast stitching, Alcantara & Leather interior, IRIS, Parking sensors, TPMS, Alarm upgrade, Tracking, Floor mats, Ashtray, Vehicle Lift. List price £238579 inc VAT.

This 12C Spider is now SOLD!

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email

McLaren 12C Spider in Volcano Red

N.B. This image was created using the McLaren configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Bianco Avus with Nero Hide Interior this recently registered 2013, right hand drive 458 Spider has recorded delivery miles and comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Nero Carpets, White Rev Counter, Premium Hi Fi, Bianco Stitching, Cruise Control, Full Electric Seats, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Cavallinos in Headrest, AFS System, Yellow Brake Calipers, Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser, Carbon Fibre Driver Zone, Carbon Fibre B Pillars, Carbon Fibre Tunnel Console, Carbon Fibre Exterior Sill Kick Plates, Carbon Fibre Dash Inserts, Front Suspension Lift System, Sport Exhaust system, Carbon Fibre Front Wings, Carbon Fibre Rear Bumper Moulding, iPod Connection, Scuderia Shields, Navigation system, Rear Parking Camera, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Matt Painted 20” Alloy Wheels, Cruise control, Height adjustable driver’s seat, Full electric seats, Electrically adjustable driver’s seat, Full electric seats, Electrically adjustable passenger seat, Reverse parking aid. Original list price £252000 inc vat.

This 458 Spider is available to purchase today at £POA

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1892 506970 or email

Ferrari 458 Spider in Bianco Avus

N.B. This image was created using the Ferrari configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Rosso Corsa with Crema Leather Interior this new, right hand drive, unregistered 458 Spider comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Nero Carpets, Yellow Calipers, Red belts, Crema Central Tunnel, Electric Steering Column, Horse Stitched on headrests, Speakers in leather colour, iPod Connection, Scuderia Shields, Full Optional Mirrors, Navigation System, Bluetooth, Front and Rear PDC, Piping in Colour Request (Rosso), Painted 20″ Sport Rims, Yellow Rev Counter, Full Electric Seats, Special stitching Rosso, Pirelli Tyres, Lower Dash in Crema, Navtrack, List price £219000 inc vat.

This 458 Spider is available to purchase today at £POA

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email

Ferrari 458 Spider in Rosso Corsa

N.B. This image was created using the Ferrari Configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.