Supercars equipped with manual transmissions are a dying breed. Several companies stopped making them years ago and, sadly, Ferrari has its name written on that list.
The only way to buy one nowadays is to limit your choices to older models and turn to the used car market. Which might actually be a good thing, as you can find great examples – like, say, this 360 Modena that’s coming up for grabs.
Advertised by SilverstoneAuctions for ‘The Heythrop Classic Car Sale’ in Chipping Norton, UK, on May 10, it features the highly desirable six-speed stick shift that’s coupled to a 400 horsepower, 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine.
One of only 341 RHD 360 Coupes supplied new to the United Kingdom, it was made in 2000, has an Argento Nurburgring paintwork and a Blue Scuro leather interior, plus the Scuderia wing badges (which were actually optional), red brake calipers and heavily bolstered bucket seats that make it even more desirable. The car has been in the possession of the same enthusiast for the past three years, during which it was only driven on dry days.
The odometer shows roughly 28,000 miles (45,062 km), and it was last serviced a couple of weeks ago. Thus, the only thing its future owner needs to do is take it out for a spin. Of course, even a used Ferrari is a serious investment, and at an estimated selling price of £60,000-£70,000 ($78,380/€69,553-$91,444/€81,145), this one is no exception; not to mention that you have to take the running costs (and ridiculously expensive servicing) into account before you pull the trigger.
Anyhow, if you do, you’ll be glad to know that this 360 Modena also comes with the two original keys, red remote, book pack including full service history, and tool kit, which should be a great conversation starter with any car enthusiast – although the chrome gate with that metal rod and gear knob protruding out of it are going to do the job just fine. And if you’ve ever sampled one and experienced that tactile feel, you know that you wouldn’t trade it for any dual-clutch in the world, no matter how faster it may be.