2007 Noble M400
2007 Noble M400
Noble’s M400 might well be a mystery car to many, but appreciate that it is as quick as it is cultish.
To gain perspective on the car, we need to step back to the mid-2000s, when Lee Noble was building a series of low-production sports cars in England. Among them was the M400, which wasn’t totally English as the body and chassis were made in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
To this assemblage a 6-cylinder engine was added. It began as a Ford Duratec V-6, but was hot-rodded with the likes of twin turbos, special pistons, et. al., and mounted transversely in back. When spooled up, it all comes to about 425 horsepower and is combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Now here’s where the story gets a bit complex. Nobles were sold in the U.S. by 1g Racing in Hamilton, Ohio. To meet federal emissions rules, they were sold as kit cars, arriving in U.S. sans engine, which was then added.
We’ll let Car and Driver’s May 2007 road test take it from here: “Put it all together, and you get a 2,500-pound car with 425 horsepower that rips to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, matching the time of the last Ferrari Enzo we tested.”
The magazine further reported the car’s acceleration was “disorienting and terrifying at first, like when you wake from the dream where you’re falling and you let out an embarrassing yelp.” In other words, the car is quick, perhaps frighteningly so.
The example offered by RM Sotheby’s has reportedly had less than 3,500 miles of use and is equipped with the optional air-conditioning. It’s had one owner since new and currently rides on new tires.
As a comparison, for a dollar figure similar to the $75,000 to $85,000 the Noble M400 is expected to bring at auction, you’d be looking at a well-equipped Porsche Boxster or Cayman. Neither would be as quick — and, unlike the Noble, everyone would know what they are.
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