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  • 2018 Ferrari 488 Spider
  • One owner and just 14,200 miles from new
  • Grigio Silverstone over Nero Sports seats
  • Highly specified example including suspension lift, sports exhaust and Carbon Fibre Racing Package


This beautifully presented Ferrari 488 Spider has had only one owner from new, and was specified with a long list of well-considered and desirable options.

Ordered on 20 November 2017 and first registered on 21 April 2018, it’s finished in the stylish colour combination of Grigio Silverstone with Nero sports seats. The specification includes Ferrari’s Carbon Fibre Exterior Package – which alone added £14,400 to the list price – as well as the Carbon Fibre Racing Package for the interior.

The cabin, meanwhile, has been trimmed in a combination of leather and alcantara, and the sound from the twin-turbocharged V8 is enhanced thanks to the fitment of a sports exhaust.

The 20-inch matt-finish Grigio Corsa wheels were another optional extra and feature carbon fibre centre caps. A rear parking camera was fitted and the bodywork benefits from the application of a G-Techniq protective film, while the ‘front suspension lift’ option raises the nose by approximately 40mm and helps to avoid damage when driving over bumps and ramps.

The Ferrari has had only one owner from new and has been fastidiously maintained. It was first serviced in May 2019 at 8000 miles, then in July 2020 at 12,269 miles, September 2021 at 13,457 miles, September 2022 at 13,898 miles – at which point the engine ancillary belts were changed – and finally in December 2023 at 14,082 miles.

Each service has been carried out by a main dealer – initially Dick Lovett in Swindon, and then Jardine Ferrari in Colchester for the most recent work – and is noted in the service book and history file. Importantly to note, this car is still covered under Ferrari’s renown 7-year service plan until the end of 2024.

Now being offered for sale at the Classic Motor Hub, this Ferrari 488 Spider has still covered only 14,200 miles and is an exceptional example of this sensational 661bhp drop-top supercar.


The Ferrari 488 had big shoes to fill when it replaced the 458, but it won immediate plaudits when it was launched in 2015. Evo called it ‘an automotive masterpiece’ while Autocar said that the chassis was so good that drivers would become ‘utterly fixated with what’s going on underneath you’.

The major change from the 458 was that the mid-mounted, 3.9-litre V8 engine featured twin turbochargers – the first time since the F40 that Ferrari had turbocharged one of its mid-engined cars. The result was a power output of 661bhp at 8000rpm and torque of 561 lb/ft.

Driving through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, that was enough to power the 488 from 0-60mph in exactly three seconds and onto a top speed of 205mph, while the bodywork was designed to increase downforce and reduce drag compared to the 458. Ferrari’s SSC2 system worked with the F1-Trac stability control, E-Diff and active dampers in order to optimise the car’s ‘dynamic behaviour’, and carbon ceramic brakes were standard equipment.

The 488 was offered as either the GTB coupé or the Spider, which had a folding metal roof that could retract in 14 seconds and at speeds of up to 30mph. So lightweight was this roof that Ferrari claimed that a cloth alternative would actually have been 25kg heavier. Both models were based around an aluminium tub.

When Evo tested a 488, it said that the engine offered ‘outrageous performance and such driveability that, no matter the gear you find yourself in or the speed you’re travelling, at no point does [it] make you wait even a nanosecond when you decide to call on all 661bhp’. Top Gearmagazine, meanwhile, named it ‘Supercar of the Year’ in 2015.

A track-focused Pista variant of both the GTB and the Spider was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, with the engine having been modified to give 710bhp, while a 488 GTE Evo won its class in the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours.

A landmark model in Ferrari’s long and celebrated line of mid-engined V8 models, the 488 was replaced by the F8 in early 2019.

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