The Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 was introduced in 1972 to replace the 365 GTC/4. It then evolved into the 400, the first Ferrari available with an automatic transmission. In 1979 the 400 was replaced by the fuel injected 400i. The improved 412 ran from 1985 to 1989, bringing to an end Ferrari’s longest-ever production series.
Launched in 1976 as the 400GT, it was the first Ferrari to be offered with automatic transmission as an option. The lavishly appointed Maranello flagship featured self-levelling rear suspension, power steering, option air conditioning and the mighty V12 engine.
This particular example of one of the great, long-lasting V12 front-engined Ferrari super-tourers was delivered new in the UK to UK specification by the Ferrari institution that is Maranello Concessionaires of Egham, Surrey – the tower garage site on the A30 is a Mecca for UK-delivered right-hand-drive Ferraris, and today is a Grade II listed building. On an exciting day in 1983, this particular 400i was collected from the home of British Ferrari by its first owner, a Mr R Back.
The car is one of only circa 150 models built in right hand drive, and was beautifully finished from new in Blue Ridot with a full beige leather interior and electric sunroof.
The document package that accompanies the car is extensive, and it retains the original bill of sale from Maranello Concessionaires, along with all the other documentation from the Maranello Archive which completely documents the car coming to life in correspondence between the factory in Italy and Maranello Concessionaires in Egham. Also accompanying the car are all the original book packs with handbook and service book, as well as 36 years worth of service records, MoTs and repairs.
The car has covered a mere 35,182 miles from new. This particular 400i is one of only 152 examples manufactured in right hand drive and has covered a mere 35,182 miles from new. Finished in Blue Ridot coachwork with a full leather interior, this car also benefits from an electric sunroof.
The car was supplied to its first owner, a Mr R Back, by Maranello Cononcessionaires of Egham, Surrey, the car comes complete with original bill of sale, along with a letter from Maranello Archives confirming the build, its original handbooks and service book, as well as 36 years’ worth of service records, MOT’s and repairs.