The Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, 400 and 412 (Tipo F101) are front-engined V12 2+2 grand tourers made by Ferrari between 1972 and 1989. The three cars are closely related, using the same body, chassis and engine evolved over time. After Ferrari’s custom their numeric names refer to the engines’ single cylinder displacement expressed in cubic centimetres, and therefore changed with each update to reflect the increasing displacement. The 365 GT4 2+2 was introduced in 1972 to replace the 365 GTC/4. It then evolved into the 400, the first Ferrari equipped with automatic transmission.
In 1979 the 400 was replaced by the fuel injected 400i. Finally, the improved 412 was introduced in 1985 and phased out in 1989, bringing to an end Ferrari’s longest ever production series.
Differences between the 400 and 400i were limited to the fuel injected engine and an “i” badge on the tail. Towards the end of 1982 the 400i was updated. New camshaft profiles and exhaust headers raised engine power to 315 PS. The interior was significantly revised, gaining different upholstery, door panels, centre console and new electronic switchgear. On the exterior a narrower grille left the rectangular fog-lights exposed; and the venting on the engine bonnet was changed from silver to body-colour. New, more elegant wing mirrors were fitted, bearing a small Ferrari shield. Around the back the tail panel was body-coloured instead of matte black, and fog lamps were fitted in the bumper. Lower profile Michelin TRX tyres were adopted, on metric sized wheels. A total of 1,305 examples were produced, 883 Automatics and 422 GTs.
One of a few of its type, this stylish 400i was fitted with a rare manual gearbox, a more desirable option and very much in keeping with the Ferrari’s Grand Turismo status. The body we understand is rust-free and the panel gaps are very good. We understand the engine runs well and sounds very strong with lots of power, the braking and steering are very tight, and with the fitting of a new clutch the gears change smoothly. The original tan leather interior is very nicely preserved, as is the headlining and dashboard.
Very attractively finished in Ferrari Blu Chiaro with a tan interior, this 400i really is a GT in the truest sense.