It Came from eBay Hell: The Peugeot 406 Coupe that Wanted to be a Ferrari F430

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Here is the short, bittersweet story of a Peugeot 406 Coupe that was forced to live its life as a Ferrari replica.

Introduced in 1996, the 406 Coupe was the beautiful two-door sibling of the 406 sedan designed and manufactured by Italy's fabled Pininfarina studio. Even today, the coupe remains a stunner and a great example of Pininfarina's incredible taste in styling.

For some incomprehensible reason, one of the owners of a 1998 Peugeot 406 Coupe came up with the not so tasty idea of converting the elegant French GT into a faux Ferrari F430.

As you can see for yourself in the picture gallery, the work that went into the transformation leaves a lot to be desired – from the application of the carbon fiber-like foil wrap to the high riding body and the fixed polycarbonate side windows.

But just in case some depraved individual had any sneaky thoughts about the car, the current owner/seller fitted the Peugeot-turned-into-a-Ferrari with a removable steering wheel.

The car is currently listed for sale on eBay UK with a starting price of £7,500, or about US$11,740 or €9,500 at the current exchange rates.

Story References: eBay via Worldcarfans

Hat tip to Matt L.!

Seller's Description:

"I am selling my Ferrari F430 replica that is based on a Peugeot 406 Coupe. The car is an absolutely stunning example of the real car. Unlike other versions of the car, this has been based on an actual Ferrari F430 and is 100% accurate outside. Other kit cars based on other donors tend to be scaled down versions, but this is as accurate as they come.


The car has been wrapped in carbon fibre, which shows a few creases, but nothing majorly noticeable. I always felt that it looked nice, so never changed it. There is GRP white underneath so if the finished job is not to the buyers liking, they can always paint the car to the colour of their choosing with no prep work required as this has all been done.

The rear and side windows are made from high quality lexan polycarbonate and the rear ones have been tinted to give the car the sporty look that it deserves. The front windows are made from 6mm thick lexan polycarbonate and have been custom-made to fit. Because of the arc of the windows they have been fixed in place, but someone with a mechanically minded friend will always be able to make them go up and down. The windscreen is the same as the original donor, which is made from toughened glass.

The doors lock remotely and have been fitted with poppers so that they open at a push of a button once the car has been unlocked.

Coming to the rear of the car, L.E.D cats eye lights have been fitted for added effect, which were a little more expensive than the originals and should never really run out of life. Front L.E.D fog lights have also been fitted as well as the iconic front headlamp system the car is known for.

The wheels are 18" chrome alloys with new tyres that cost a little more than a fortune, and they can be upgraded up to 20"s if the buyer sees fit, but I always liked the ones on it now. Lowering springs have also been added to give the car the correct ride height. A quad-look exhaust system has been fitted to the car to give ity that authentic look and sounds amazing like the real deal when at the right revs.


Custom-made buckets seats with the Ferrari emblem have been fitted keeping in time with the grey and black colour scheme. There are 4 point racing harnesses fitted as well as the original seat belts so you are always free to have the option of what you may wish to use. The steering wheel has had a road legal removable snap-off kit fitted so once the car has been parked up, you can put the key in the steering wheel boss and disconnect it for added security. Another push button has been added in the centre for the boot so it can be opened from the inside. A cd player has also been fitted and the immobiliser and alarm are still original. The battery is located in the footwell of the passenger side, but there has been a battery tray installed in the rear on the boot should you wish to relocate it.

The car is in immaculate condition inside and out and is a must see as it oozes class. It is still registered as a 406 coupé, to keep the number plate, but if they buyer requires it can always be registered as a kit car if the price of insurance is too much. I found that Adrian Flux are a cheap insurance company, but I would shop around everywhere to get the best deal and idea of a price before you buy.

Due to the value of the car, I will accept a bank transfer of funds to pay or cheque or cash, providing the money is paid into the bank account on the day of collection. The buyer can collect the car once the funds have been successfully transferred. This is to protect both the seller and the buyer."