- 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider
- Nero with Sabbia interior
- Formerly owned by David Beckham
- Only 7800 miles from new, with extensive service history
First registered on 31 July 2001, this Ferrari 360 Spider was owned by football icon David Beckham in the closing stages of his Manchester United career, before he signed for Real Madrid in July 2003 and became part of the ‘Galácticos’ squad that also included Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos.
Beckham was often photographed with the Nero Spider, on which he used the personalised registration number D7 DVB. Specified with the paddle-shift F1 gearbox, it also features forged lightweight BBS Challenge alloys, carbon fibre seats, privacy glass, the Challenge rear grille and a Tubi sports exhaust system.
Chassis number 125058 has since been re-registered Y795 AOO and has covered only 7900 miles from new. It has extensive service history with marque specialists, the first stamp in its service book being from 17 March 2004, when it had a cambelt service at Greypaul Sheffield.
The Ferrari was then entrusted to Graypaul Nottingham in April 2005 and June 2006, then again in December 2007, when it had another cambelt service at only 5912 miles. The cambelts were done again at 6458 miles, this time by Paul Cummings Specialist Cars in Durham in December 2010.
More recently, the 360 Spider has been looked after by JCT600, an official Ferrari dealer in Leeds, which carried out a cambelt service in 2016. The car is now running on Bridgestone Potenza tyres.
Looking stunning in its original colour scheme of Nero with Sabbia leather interior, this well-maintained and low-mileage Ferrari 360 Spider is now offered for sale at The Classic Motor Hub with a full set of original books in their leather wallet.
Given how well received the F355 had been, Ferrari had its work cut out when it was developing a replacement for the mid-engined V8 supercar. Its response was to base the 360 on an all-new aluminium chassis that was 40 percent stiffer than the steel one used on the F355, as well as being 28 percent lighter.
Weight-saving was a recurring theme for the 360, with aluminium also being used for the bodywork, while aluminium alloys were used for the engine castings, transmission casings and suspension components.
The Pininfarina body featured fixed headlights and distinctive air intakes on either side of the front end, the idea of the latter being to improve air flow through the raised centre section, thereby increasing downforce.
The engine was slightly bigger than it had been in the F355 – up from 3495cc to 3586cc. The five-valve-per-cylinder layout was retained and the power output was 395bhp, or 419bhp for the Challenge Stradale special edition. Amazingly, that maximum was delivered at even higher revs – 8500rpm, to be precise – than in its predecessor.
There was a choice of the six-speed manual gearbox, its lever moving through the traditional Ferrari open gate, or the F1 automated manual that was operated via paddles behind the steering wheel. The first model to be introduced was the Modena berlinetta in 1999, which was followed in 2000 by the Spider and in 2003 by the race-inspired Challenge Stradale.
The 0-60mph sprint was dispatched in just over four seconds and the 360’s claimed top speed was more than 180mph, while the chassis proved to be more than capable of coping with the performance. When he tested a 360 at Fiorano for Top Gear, Tiff Needell said that ‘you could not have a better-handling car’ and proclaimed it to be ‘the new best car in the world’.
Production lasted until 2004, when Ferrari introduced its F430 at the Paris Motor Show.