The celebrity chef obviously has a very good taste in automobiles.
Fans of mid-engined V8 Ferrari’s have never had it so good. From the 'base' 488 GTB to the recently launched F8 Tributo, the current range is not only stunning to look at but also quick enough to give the company’s own V12-powered models a good scare.
One thing though that has been missing from any Ferrari for years is a manual gearbox. The F430 was one of the last models to be offered with one and the few that were made are now highly sought-after collectors cars.
The 2005 Argento (silver) example you see here is one of a handful of manual F430s that were delivered to the UK and this model was the very last V8 Ferrari model to be offered with the desirable open-gated transmission. It was purchased new by famous UK chef Gordon Ramsay and has since passed through two more owners accruing a mere 4,500-miles in the process.
The F430 was fitted with a 4.3-liter naturally-aspirated V8 which produced 483 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. It may not be a match for the latest crop of turbocharged supercars in mid-range grunt, but it sounds absolutely fabulous (no piped in exhaust sounds here) and can still match most contemporary offerings in a straight line. With 60 mph arriving in only 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 196 mph, the F430 is still a fearsome machine and its looks to have aged rather well over the years.
This rare car is part of the upcoming Silverstone Classic Sale which is taking place in the UK between 26 and 28 July. This vehicle has an estimate of between £115,000 ($136,000) and £135,000 ($171,000) which is a hefty premium over the paddle shift cars and don’t forget that this excludes the 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Hopefully its new owner will add a few more miles to it and not keep it tucked away merely as an investment.