Upon initial inspection, this 1995 Ferrari 456GT appears to be, well, normal, but it's actually far from it. According to the seller, Dragone Classic Motorcars, this car was ordered by by the notorious Sultan of Brueni and fitted with an automatic transmission. Ferrari actually offered the 456 with an auto, but only starting in 1997, so what gives?
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Apparently the Sultan wanted an auto, and since he was willing to pay, Ferrari fit this car with a four-speed ZF unit. The Sultan ordered six 456s from Ferrari in 1995, but this was the only one to retain its original bodywork—the rest were turned into sedans, wagons, or convertibles by Pininfarina.
Originally, this 456 was ordered in red with a tan interior, but before taking delivery, the car was sent back to Pininfarina to be repainted and re-trimmed in black. The car has 26,000 miles on its odometer, and comes with extensive documentation and service records, according to the seller.
Asking price is set at $92,500, which doesn't seem crazy in a world where classic Ferrari prices climb like crazy. The 456 was never Ferrari's most desirable car, but this one definitely has collector appeal. And we like the 456 in any guise. After all, it's a V12-powered, Italian family car.