Used Ferraris: why are they worth more with a manual gearbox than F1?

Today we deal with the market for Used Ferrari and some of its peculiar characteristics, which deserve to be highlighted. More specifically, in this post we will try to shed some light on the reasons behind the greater success in terms of quoteson the “second hand” market, of the “reds” with manual transmission than those with the F1 electro-actuated gearbox.

Let’s start with the figures immediately, to immediately get a clear picture of the situation. We refer to the data of Ruoteclassiche, reference point and bible of the sector. For each model examined you will find 3 values. The first relates to a vehicle preserved in perfect condition or totally restored, in like new condition. The second refers to an example in good condition, with regular and constant maintenance. The third relates to an incomplete vehicle in some details, running, but with mechanics to be reviewed.

Here are the quotes elaborated by the experts of the well-known magazine ofDomus Editorialin the April 2022 issue, for the Ferrari models to which we refer (prices in euro x1000).

The Ruoteclassiche figures

– Ferrari F355 berlinetta (100.0 – 74.0 – 44.5)
– Ferrari F355 berlinetta F1 (81.0 – 60.0 – 36.0)
– Ferrari F355 GTS (105.0 – 78.0 – 46.5)
– Ferrari F355 GTS F1 (88.0 – 65.0 – 39.0)
– Ferrari F355 Spider (120.0 – 89.0 – 53.5)
– Ferrari F355 Spider F1 (95.0 – 70.0 – 42.0)
– Ferrari 360 Modena (100.0 – 74.0 – 44.5)
– Ferrari 360 Modena F1 (81.0 – 60.0 – 36.0)
– Ferrari 360 Spider (120.0 – 89.0 – 53.5)
– Ferrari 360 Spider F1 (95.0 – 70.0 – 42.0)
– Ferrari F430 (160.0 – 119.0 – 71.0)
– Ferrari F430 F1 (130.0 – 96.0 – 58.0)
– Ferrari F430 Spider (175.0 – 130.0 – 78.0)
– Ferrari F430 Spider F1 (135.0 – 100.0 – 60.0)
– Ferrari 575M Maranello (175.0 – 130.0 – 78.0)
– Ferrari 575M Maranello F1 (130.0 – 95.0 – 57.0)
– Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (100.0 – 74.0 – 44.5)
– Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1 (70.0 – 52.0 – 31.0)
– Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (400.0 – 265.0 – 135.0)
– Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 (165.0 – 110.0 – 55.0)

The second-hand market does not reward the F1 gearbox

The numbers speak for themselves and argue in favor of the models with the manual, in the entire sequence shown above. Recall that the F1 electro-actuated gearbox solution entered the list in 1997, with the splendid F355. This is a solution borrowed from the racing world, which deprives the car of the clutch pedal, now of the semi-automatic type. Two are available for engaging the gears paddle behind the wheel. A novelty coming from the Grand Prix, which has revolutionized the sector of supercar 360 degrees. In the following years, the shifting system under consideration spread widely in the high-end sports segment, finding considerable space in other market segments as well.

This is one of the revolutionary ideas produced by Ferrari in its long history, first applied to the racing world and then extended to the series product as well. The results have been at the top and have brought a wave of renewal in power management, through a system that is less laborious from the user’s point of view than the manual gearbox.

Here, overspeed is banned and even scratching is excluded from the merchandise repertoire. Furthermore, during the gear changes, you must not press the clutch pedal, which no longer exists, thus avoiding the efforts imposed by some previous constructions. Anyone who knows the old Ferrari gran turismo knows what I mean. All this, protecting from any side effects connected to a guide that is not exactly impeccable from the point of view of expressive geography.

The history of the F1 semi-automatic gearbox

The electroactuated is a brilliant solution, whose debut in Formula 1 was made possible by the creative flair and daring of the English designer John Barnard. The debut took place with the Ferrari F1-89at the Brazilian GP that year, which the Maranello team won with Nigel Mansell. For him and his teammate the advantage of being able to focus more on driving without getting distracted, focusing exclusively on the ideal trajectory and close duels, without taking his eyes off what really matters. All without taking your hands off the wheel, with the resulting benefits also in terms of active safety.

The same can be said with reference to its road application, which guarantees greater ease of use and greater protection for those on board the vehicle. A vaguely similar solution, also in Ferrari, had been studied by Mauro Forghieri in 1979, but the time was not yet ripe for its application in the race. The semi-automatic of the legendary Emilian engineer was effective, reliable and faster than the other, but Gilles Villeneuvewho tried it, preferred the physicality of the manual.

Why do collectors prefer the manual?

On the supercars of the modern era, the F1 gearbox also offers the pleasure of double downshifts, performed automatically, which inebriate the auditory system and deliver stellar emotions to say the least. On the second-hand market, however, the Ferrari models with the electro-actuated do not enjoy a sympathy comparable to those equipped with a manual gearbox. This is linked to the fact that in any case the dynamic experience is understood as more involving where the human contribution is higher, more present and more vigorous.

The physicality of march passagestherefore, with the direct management of the clutch and with the classic gear lever sliding on the metal grille, it is seen by many people as an important added value. According to them, this best honors tradition and produces an intellectual, physical and almost carnal relationship, which elevates the emotional quality, bringing it to levels that the F1 gearbox, with all the advantages listed above, cannot match.

Electroactuated: more expensive when new, less expensive when used

The manual, which in the price list of the new one made the models more accessible than those equipped with the F1, takes its revenge on the second-hand market. Here it becomes the preferred solution for those who love to buy a car capable of getting in tune with the driver better, making them one and the same. A romantic approach, much appreciated by driving enthusiasts, who seek this holistic involvement, from which the cutting of collecting choices derives.

Another factor affects the higher prices, when used, of Ferraris equipped with a manual gearbox, linked to less sentimental motivations. In fact, the rarity factor also helps guide the choice. Given the much higher numbers of examples with F1 gearbox, almost totalizing for certain models, the presence on the market of examples with manual gearbox is very rare. This inevitably affects the price. The exception is the F355, sold in fewer units with the F1 gearbox, but here the higher quotations in the manual are tied to the fact that the car was the last mid-rear-engined V8 to be presented without the rear paddles. behind the wheel. Noblesse oblige!

Source Quotes | Ruoteclassiche

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