Despite the rising popularity of vinyl records, mechanical watches, and (inexplicably) VHS, manual-transmission supercars are still dead as the dodo. Barring some wide-sweeping sales revolution, the manual isn’t coming back, either, so you might as well learn to enjoy that dual-clutch 488 GTB parked in your garage. Or, thrash and rage against the dying of the light with Bring a Trailer’s six-speed 2007 Ferrari F430.
Take note of our wording above–the F430 didn’t see the death of Ferrari’s manual transmission. That dubious dishonor goes to the first-gen Ferrari California, of which only a very, very small handful were built. The F430 was the final mid-engine Ferrari supercar to pack an optional manual transmission, and this has continually driven up values of well-kept examples.
Despite the rarity, this F430 isn’t stock. It wears front and rear bumpers and the rear grille from the F430 Scuderia, but the seller says these are genuine parts lifted from a single donor car. Inside, the regular leather trim pieces were supplanted with the carbon fiber and Alcantara bits from a Scuderia, including the door panels and carbon-fiber seats. Completing the package is a set of BBS FI wheels at all four corners. Keen Ferrari nuts will notice these are the same style and model of wheel installed on every Ferrari 599 GTO.
It might not be a real-deal Scuderia, but it should certainly sound the part thanks to a set of Fabspeed headsers and x-pipe muffler. The listing doesn’t mention how much power these new breathers add, but with the 4.3-liter V-8 pushing out 483 hp stock, I’d imagine it’s now north of the 500 hp mark.
In nearly 11 years, careful owners have racked up only around 18,000 miles. The clutch was replaced recently alongside a new throw-out bearing, so it’s ready for both the race and show circuit.
Head over to Bring a Trailer to bid on one of the last Ferraris to carry a manual transmission.