When you think exotic car ownership, you usually think of weekend-only drives in nice weather and long-term periods of storage in a climate-controlled garage. The owner of this Ferrari F430 has a slightly different approach to owning an exotic—one that we think is much more suited to enjoying the car to the fullest.
While most Ferraris see just a few thousand miles with their first owners, this one has seen an astonishing 253,453 kilometers(or 157,488 miles). It's the highest-mileage Ferrari I've ever seen by a long-shot, yet, it seems impeccably well-kept inside and out. got the chance to look around the car and asks the heroic owner some questions.
After a quick glance around the exterior, the owner tells the cameraman he estimates the car has been through 25 sets (!) of spark plugs—one set every 10,000 kilometers. If you think that's a bit much, high-revving engines usually eat through spark plugs a lot faster than other cars. My M5, for example, needs new plugs every 37,000 miles or so.
The owner also says the F1 single-clutch automated gearbox has been through exactly four clutches over its lifetime, calculating out to a new clutch every 40,000 miles. The engine and transmission have never been rebuilt, however, which damn impressive, especially for a high-strung V8 such as the F430's.
The only wear marks throughout the car seem to be on the interior—mostly on the steering wheel. Some of the infotainment buttons have started to become sticky, but otherwise, everything in the car—including the original power-operating soft-top—is fully operational.
This isn't the highest-mileage Italian exotic we've seen pop up online. That award goes to the daily-driven Lamborghini Murcielago with over 250,000 miles on the clock. Still, we think this Ferrari deserves a place in the high-mileage exotic hall of fame.