Noble Automotive Ltd. first opened its doors in 1999 in Leicester England. Its founder Lee Noble wanted to produce a more affordable rear engine, rear-wheel drive sports car. Their first offering was the M10 which had slightly quirky styling but backed it up with solid performance numbers. In 2004 Noble released the M400 which was a more track-oriented version of the M10 and M12. With 425 BHP and a curb weight of just 2337 lbs, the M400 was able to achieve a power-to-weight ratio of 400 bhp/ton, which is where the name comes from. Power for the M400 came from heavily worked twin-turbo 3.0L V6 Ford Duratec engine. This massaged power plant was able to propel the little Nobel 0-60 MPH in 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 187 MPH. Manufacturing rights for Noble cars were eventually sold to 1G racing in Ohio. When Road & Track Magazine tested the Noble M400, they drew the conclusion that, “the Noble is one of the best sports cars in the world.” Although it never received the accolades that some of its more famous supercar brethren achieved, the Noble M400 remains a rare and desirable way to enter supercar ownership without breaking the bank.
This particular Noble M400, Factory VIN NUS0121 was finished in Indigo Blue metallic paint with a black interior. It was upgraded with Factory Air Conditioning at the time of construction. The cabin is superbly finished with Alcantara upholstery covering everything from the carbon fiber sport seats to the headlining, console and even the built-in roll bar and it features Willans racing harnesses in red and a GPS/DVD ready Pioneer/Infinity audio system. This car currently has approximately 2,500 miles and is in excellent condition. The current owner took extremely good care of the M400 on offer here and not much maintenance has been needed as the car currently has such low mileage but all basic things such as oil changes were done. The car has been upgraded with a TurboHoses R&D air intake an upgraded exhaust, blow off valve and a larger intercooler, all of which have been installed perfectly and complement this cars performance and appearance. This particular M400 has seen minimal usage and it truly shows as the car remains in impeccable condition. It represents true value in the marketplace for an exceptional driving experience that is a fraction of what it would cost in modern supercar form.
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Body And Paint
The exterior is finished in a fantastic Indigo Blue paint that. The paint itself is in very good condition with a consistent finish all around the car and condition is indicated by the low use and low mileage . The body itself is straight and shows no flaws. Panel gaps and shut lines are all consistent and straight.
Glass And Trim
The glass throughout the car is in as new condition. The headlights are clean and clear with no cracking or fogging and same with the marker lights upfront. In the back the taillights are in great condition also.
The two-piece wheels in the front and rear are in as new condition with no signs of refinishing or any damage with the exception of some slight curb rash on the right rear out edge of the rim. The tires on the front are a set of Pirelli PZero Corsa in 225/40/18. The rear tires are also a set of Pirelli PZero Corsa in 265/35/18. They have a fair amount of tread left on them however they should be replaced due to age as they are out of date and are showing some stress cracks in the rubber.
The front of the car contains a number of small stone chips from normal usage and the front splitter shows some scraping on the underside.
Seats And Surfaces
The interior of the car is finished beautifully with Alcantera throughout, the steering wheel, shifter, and emergency brake lever show no signs of any wear. The seats are in great shape also as are the Willans seat belts. The carpets, door cards and dash all appear as new and retain good color throughout.
Functionality And Accessories
Everything appears to function as it should on the interior of the car. The windows roll up and down with ease and the doors open and close as they should. The gauges are clear with bright and legible numbers and all appear to display their designated functions as they should. The emergency brake holds the car in place and the shifter moves easily through its range of motion.
ENGINE BAY AND TRUNK
The engine bay is clean and tidy with everything appearing as it should. All the appropriate stickers are in place, however it is worth noting that some of the rubber fuel line hoses appear to be showing signs of age, other than that it appears well looked after.
The underside of the car appears in line with the mileage, overall dry and shows no signs of any major issues. Factory finishes are present on the underside of the engine and there are no outward signs of any issues.
Mechanically the car appears well looked after and it shows in the strong running and driving nature of it. The engine fires right to life with a quick turn of the key and settles easily into a smooth idle. The car makes excellent power and moves through the RPM range with ease. The transmission shifts through the gears with ease and holds power throughout the RPM range superbly. The clutch feels light and responsive, with good pickup. The braking system brings the car to a smooth and controlled stop with no issues to note. The suspension feels compliant and responsive with good feedback and road manners.
- Exterior Colour Indigo Blue metallic
- Interior Colour Black
- Drive LHD