Launched at the 1976 Paris Salon, the 400GT had acquired a 4.8-litre version of Ferrari’s four-cam V12 engine but otherwise differed from its 365GT/4 2+2 predecessor only in detail. The 400GT re-affirmed Ferrari’s determination to compete with the world’s finest luxury sports saloons and was intended to attract the type of mature yet discerning customer who previously might have opted for a Bentley or Mercedes-Benz. This latter requirement made the option of automatic transmission a necessity. The unit chosen – General Motors’ three-speed Hydramatic – was widely regarded as the world’s best, having been used by Cadillac and subsequently by Rolls-Royce and Jaguar among others. Ferrari’s splendidly equipped 2+2 featured self-levelling independent rear suspension, power-assisted steering, electric windows and optional air conditioning. Sadly, even after it received fuel injection, the 400GT – now the 400i GT – remained effectively a Europe-only model because of the expense involved in crash-testing two cars for US safety assessment.
By the time production of the final 412 version ceased in 1989, Ferrari’s finest 2+2 had been in production for a remarkable 17 years, though its exclusivity meant that there were seldom more than 200 sold in any one year.
This UK supplied right hand drive 400i is finished in red with a complementary black interior. With just three registered keepers from new it was sold to the previous owner via Runnymead Motor Company. Fitted with an automatic gearbox this is a wonderfully low mileage example. Offered with a current MoT and UK V5 registration this GT is the perfect car for touring with the summer months ahead.