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Lot 82
1995 Ferrari 456 GT Straman Spider



• Professional Spider conversion by R. Straman Company
• One of as few as three Straman Spider conversions performed
• Equipped with rare supercharger for awesome performance
• Believed to have once been owned by Boxing Champ Mike Tyson

Supercharged 5,474 cc DOHC 48-valve V-12 engine, 556 HP at 5,250 RPM, six-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 2,601 mm (102.5”)

As the successor to Ferrari’s 356 GTC/4, 400 GT/400i and 412 models of the 1970s and 1980s, the 456 GT debuted in 1992 as a modern interpretation of Ferrari’s sporting V-12 2+2 models. It also heralded a return to the classical “long nose, short tail” design language of the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” and 365 GTC/4 of the early 1970s with a modern twist, including lightweight aluminum body panels. Featuring an advanced 5,474 cc V-12 powerplant delivering 442 horsepower, the 456 GT offered a winning combination of everyday practicality along with tremendous performance and handling. Initial production was at Pininfarina but moved to Ferrari in Maranello by 1995.

The 456 GT sported a six-speed manual gearbox, while the GTA used a four-speed automatic. The 456 “M” or Modificata variant arrived in 1998 with subtle interior and exterior updates and a power boost. Production continued through 2003 until the advent of the 612 Scaglietti with only an approximate 3,000 examples of the 456 GT built in total. Delivering blinding acceleration and an advertised top speed of 186 mph, the 456 GT remains one of Ferrari’s most respected and enjoyable modern V-12 models.

While many believed the basic 456 design was impossible to improve upon, some Ferrari buyers demanded an open version. Renowned for quality design and engineering, the R. Straman Company in Newport Beach, California produced three open-air Spider conversions on the Ferrari 456 GT for a select clientele during 1995 and 1996. Public unveiling of the new Straman 456 GT Spider took place at the August 1996 edition of Concorso Italiano during the Monterey Car Weekend festivities. High-profile coverage in Automobile magazine, FORZA and Road & Track detailed the exacting and multi-faceted approach taken by Straman to perform the Spider conversions.

Finished in Swaters Blue over tan leather upholstery, this 1995 Ferrari 456 GT Spider is particularly fascinating, being one of the three 456 GT Spider conversions performed by Straman. At the time of conversion, it was also fitted with a $15,000 Pioneer audio system and a $25,000 Vortech supercharger good for 556 peak horsepower, according to contemporary road test articles. Factoring in applicable taxes, this example was priced at $349,000 new. Known former owners include heavyweight boxing world champion Mike Tyson and a corporation which purchased the car on behalf of Gwendolyn McCaw. Detailed maintenance, repair and service records accumulated during 1999 and during the current ownership accompany the sale of this “one of three” 1995 Ferrari 456 GT Spider Conversion, plus copies of contemporary magazine articles covering the Straman conversion program that yielded this beautiful performer.

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