Manual Gearbox F430 Is What Ferrari Dreams Are Made Of

Gordon Ramsay is not only known for his culinary abilities, but also for his fine taste in cars. He has owned a lot of expensive rides over the years, including this gorgeous Ferrari F430.

Shipped new to the UK back in 2005, as one of 100 examples destined for this market, it stayed in Ramsay’s garage for a few years, when it was first sold. It changed hands again in 2015, and it’s now in search of a new home once more.

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Should you be interested in it, the SilverstoneAuctions ‘Classic Sale 2019’, hosted on July 27 and 28, at the Silverstone track, is the place to go to. The auction house said that it’s covered only 4,500 miles (7,242 km) from new and has been properly serviced during its lifetime, as demonstrated by the perfect Argento exterior over the Nero cockpit.

More importantly, this F430 is equipped with the highly-desirable 6-speed manual transmission, which provides drivers with something that’s unavailable at the Prancing Horse today: the joy of changing gears using a stick shift instead of the paddle shifters. The gearbox is matched to the 4.3-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that kicks out 490 PS (483 hp / 360 kW) and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of torque.

Today, we have less expensive cars that are equally or more powerful. But not many of them can brag with a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time of 3.7 seconds and a 315 km/h (196 mph) top speed – and even if they do, they lack the excitement provided by a true supercar.

As for the financial part of this right-hand drive, manual F430, expect to pay between £115,000 and £135,000 ($146,227-$171,658/€131,046-€153,836) for it, according to the auction house, not including the buyer’s premium of 15 percent.

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  • Six_Tymes

    its beautiful


    • Matt

      Only if you’re not used to driving a RHD car…. otherwise it’s no problem. I’ve used a gated shifter and it’s very intuitive.

    • Krisnadi Imam

      i drive both manual left hand drive car and right hand drive car no issue 😀
      its just sometime i mixed up the blinkers and the wipers on occasions.

    • Bash

      Nope, drove it for two months before, not an issue.

  • europeon

    Am I the only one that doesn’t find manual gearboxes exciting or fun?

    I’ve got my driver’s license on a manual car, I’ve owned only manual cars in my first 15 years of driving, and when I was finally forced to switch (reluctantly) to automatic cars, I realized how stupid I was holding on to the inferior manual gearboxes for some mystical connection with the car that simply wasn’t there. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE driving, but manual gearboxes simply don’t add anything to my experience, and they can be quite an annoyance.

    • Dude

      Not everyone loves them. That’s no secret given trends in sports car sales.

    • Grandinquisitor1

      Not to worry. Soon all cars will be self driving. Then you will not have to worry about that pesky steering wheel. Pose on.

      • europeon

        Your reading comprehension is non-existent.

    • Ary Wisesa

      I don’t like manual transmission either, it’s a torture during severe traffic jam in my city. And it’s much much worse in the traffic jam on the slope (during weekend trip to mountainous tourist destination). So yeah, it might be more fun in the past, but I find it as liabilities today. The modern tiptronic (along with 8-10 speed auto transmission) in modern car can replace it in my opinion.

      • Krisnadi Imam

        making assumption based on your name… im not sure if u recall, but back in the mid late 90 nothing beats driving a starlet / civic up and down puncak pass late at night back n enjoying roadside snacks with friends.

        • Ary Wisesa

          Yes I’m an Indonesian and living di Bogor. 🙂

          Well…, to be honest, in 90s I was still in college (LOL… ) and unfortunately I didn’t have car back then. 🙂

          • Krisnadi Imam

            Yeah same here, i finished highschool in 99, i drove Super Kijang G, 1.5L, 5 speed, with Bridgestone Potenza 195/55R15 tyres. A friend droves civic and another got the starlet. during the holiday we often did some day trip up n down puncak. lovely times. XD.

            Fast forward to today, heck, im not driving there, even with an auto, not even if i was driven there. rather stay home during holidays.

    • B.Stokes

      I’m with you on this

    • Krisnadi Imam

      depends on where and what u drive really… if its anywhere, with traffic, i’m with u wholeheartedly.
      but on a winding twisties, mountain road, where u dont have much traffic, driving the likes of a manual 306/clio/civic at normie speed around is really good fun.

      • europeon

        I remember the fun I had, almost 20 years ago, on twisty roads in my manual Xsara VTS and in my best friends 206 GTI, but if I have to compare that experience with more sorted automatic cars I’ve driven later in life, I wouldn’t go the manual route.

        It’s also the matter of evolving/maturing technologies, 20 years ago, automatic gearboxes were (mostly) still crap, and it’s really an apples to oranges comparison.

        • Krisnadi Imam

          autobox had gone through so much advancements really… but for the cars we can afford, its only CVTs :'(

          I drive CVT yaris nowadays, its awesome in terms of fuel economy, but not much fun really.

          The line up of affordable car with auto we can have here are japanesse, they comes with CVTs or 4 speed auto. Mazda 2 did have 6 speed auto, but it costs way more than the rest.

          However as u mentioned, if i were to pick between manual or CVT today in this traffic condition, i take the CVT please.

    • exeptor

      Definitely prefers automatic for my Mazda 6 and with two hands for the manual in the Boxster. I admit that auto in the Porsche is still a massive fun to drive, but I guess I just like to be more busy :).

  • GobbleUp

    Ferrari dreams are made of sexy bodies, screaming engines, and fast shift technology. Not out dated manuals.

    • PoisonEagle

      Poppycock! Manual feels nice in my wings n feathers

    • Ben

      I have to agree with you. I do think there was a day of the manual Ferrari, but they’re always about being on the bleeding edge, not making the automotive enthusiast feel nostalgic. If you want a car that pays homage to the way things were before, get a Porsche. But if you want a proper supercar, bleeding edge racing technology for the streets, get the Ferrari. If you don’t car much about passion and soul, but wish to go a bit faster, get a McLaren.

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