Noble M12 GTO 3 - SOLD
2003 Noble M12 GTO 3
- 3 litre V6 Twin Turbo - 352bhp
- Finished in Titanium Silver
- Original bill of sale with factory options
- Rare factory fitted luggage
- Noble specialist maintained
Involved in the design and development of the Ultima mk 1,2 and 3, plus his involvement with the Ascari FGT, it comes as no surprise that the natural progression for Lee Noble was to create his own sports car and so in 1999 he formed the Leicester based sports car manufacturer Noble Automotive Ltd, known as Noble. Initially offering the low production M10 convertible, Noble had aspirations of entering the sports car market dominated by Porsche and Ferrari and in early 2000 Noble released the M12 sports car. Built around a space-frame chassis, an aggressive but curvaceous composite body and featuring a 2.5 litre twin-turbo version of the Ford Duratec engine, adjustable coil-over suspension with its mid-engined, rear-wheel drive layout the Noble M12 GTO proved an instant success with those seeking an alternative to the prancing horse.
By 2002 the 'volume control' was turned up further with the introduction of the M12 GTO 3. Now featuring a 3 litre version of the V6 Duratec and with a remapped ECU the GTO 3 produced a staggering 352 bhp, which in the right hands could propel this British giant killer to a 0-60mph time of less than 4 seconds and onto 170mph. With its excellent chassis tuning, offered both compliant on-road characteristics or the ability to be a tuned track weapon.
Supplied new by Williams Automobiles Ltd in March 2003 this stunning Noble M12 GTO 3 is believed to be 1 of only 116 cars produced and looks spectacular finished in her unblemished Titanium Silver. Her newly refurbished 18" 5 double-spoked alloys are fitted with a matched set of Pirelli P-Zero tyres (rears are new) and walking around the car you can't help but be 'wowed' by the purposeful styling: front splitter; deep side air intakes; chromed twin exhausts; rear diffuser and the race car inspired adjustable carbon-fiber rear spoiler.
Opening the door of the Noble and you're meet with the perfect combination of track inspired racer and 'normal' road car. When ordered, new the car came with a combination of black / grey alcantara and leather. The figure hugging sports seats with 'NOBLE' crest motif remain comfortable for road use. In addition, factory fitted air-con; Noble overmats; radio/cd player and the ultra rare Noble 6 piece factory luggage set, provides the owner with the chance to enjoy the car as a great sports tourer. For those considering track use, the car also comes with Willans four-point harnesses; alcantara trimmed rollcage and a full set of Noble white dialled gauges visible through the Momo carbon / leather steering wheel.
With close to 360bhp and weighing just over a tonne, there's no doubt, the performance of the Noble is staggering and on firing up the twin-turbo V6, the engine bursts into life letting the driver know its intent! What's more surprising is how good the car is under normal driving condition; the suspension remains calm on all but the roughest road surfaces. The brakes, steering and gearbox have a great feel to inspire confidence, with a little more throttle, the characteristics of the engine heighten. There's an audible change as the boost rises and at this point, you become fully aware as to why road-test reports from magazines such as Evo stated that the M12 GTO 3 was a real 'giant killer!'
Looking through the history file, it's clear to see that this Noble has wanted for nothing. In addition to the initial purchase price of £53725, the car has invoices for a further £25000, this covering ongoing maintenance; servicing and factory / specialist upgrades such as baffled sump; uprated valve springs and Quaife LSD. A review of the dealer pack shows the Noble's extensive servicing: PDI (59miles), 992, 5146, 12489, 13888, 16773, 21247, 23166, 35239 and 42500miles (6/12/17) with servicing being carried out via Noble approved servicing agents.
With a complete book pack, 2 keys; Thatcham approved alarm/immobiliser; impeccable service records; clear HPI record; rare factory luggage and in stunning condition, this Noble M12 GT0 3 is an example of how British engineering and ingenuity can take on the finest of European sportscars and surely challenge them. 1 of only 116 cars built, its future rarity is assured.
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