Unveiled at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari’s new F430 coupe introduced many welcome aesthetic and performance upgrades over the outgoing 360 Modena. On the design front, the general profile remained familiar, but the 430 introduced many detail changes to set the design apart. Working with Frank Stephenson (the in-house director of styling for Ferrari and Maserati), Pininfarina developed an aggressive yet beautiful form, drawing inspiration from Ferrari’s past – most notably the legendary 166 ‘shark nose’ Grand Prix cars. New taillights bore a strong family resemblance to the V12-powered Enzo hypercar, giving the 430 an energetic and purposeful presence. Less than a year after the coupe’s debut, Ferrari announced its open-topped sibling, the F430 Spider, at the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show.
At the heart of the new F430 line lay a brand-new 4.3-liter 90-degree flat-plane crank V-8. The compact new engine produced 480 hp at a screaming 8,500 rpm and 343 foot-pounds of torque at 5,250 rpm. The completely new, clean-sheet design was a significant turning point for Ferrari, marking the end of the old Dino architecture inherent in Ferrari V8s for decades. Bolted to the V8 was a new six-speed gearbox, offered in classic 3-pedal manual or paddle-shift F1 form. Five driving modes, ranging from comfort to track, are selected via the Manettino switch on the steering wheel, which adjusted the active suspension, active E-Diff, gearbox settings, and more to adapt the F430 to a wide range of driving environments.
Ferrari paid particular attention to the F430’s aerodynamics, using their experience in GT racing and F1 to create a low-drag shape that also generated considerable downforce at speed. With its powerful V8 and slick body, the F430 Spider could sprint to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds (3.6 for the coupe) and on to an incredible top speed of 190 mph.
While most F430 Spiders left the gates of Maranello finished in popular and traditional shades of red, yellow, or silver, a select few customers opted for something outside the norm. The original owner of this 2008 F430 Spider looked to Ferrari’s storied heritage for inspiration, ultimately settling on Marrone 1971, a classic color we’re more accustomed to seeing on Dinos, Daytonas, and 365 GTC/4s from the early 1970s. The distinctive metallic paint looks spectacular on the F430, transforming it from a hard-edged sports car into a sophisticated and elegant open GT. The first owner also special-ordered the car sans-Scuderia shields, discreet black-painted brake calipers, and Challenge-style wheels to give it an understated, refined and luxurious look. Delivered new to New Mexico, it has had just two owners from new and has covered a mere 4,900 miles.
As offered here, its condition reflects the low mileage and ownership. The paint is beautiful, and the body is straight and crisply defined. The cabin features lovely tan leather, which pleasingly complements the paintwork. Black leather accents and black Daytona-style seat inserts are another subtle yet effective homage to Ferraris of the 70s. The soft trim is excellent, including the black canvas soft top. Carbon fiber trim is used sparingly, primarily on the transmission tunnel, air vents, and stereo surround, adding just the right balance of modernity to the interior while preserving the luxurious Gran Turismo character of this unique F430.
The file includes factory books and manuals in the original leather wallet, Ferrari branded Maglite Flashlight, spare key, and partial maintenance records from the most recent owner. Also included are the complete factory tool kit, tire inflator, and car cover.
Undoubtedly one of the most distinctive F430s built, this superb low-mileage Spider benefits from attentive care and is ready for its next enthusiastic custodian.
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