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Lot 443 - 1983 Ferrari 400i – First owner King Hussein of Jordan

€72,527

Auction Grandes Marques January 2016

Lot Details

Lot Number 443
Reg. Number EU Registered
Chassis Number 46653
Year 1983
Make Ferrari
Model 400i

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Description

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 (232 kW). The interior was significantly revised, gaining differently 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 foglamps were fitted in the bumper. Lower profile Michelin TRX tyres were adopted, on metric sized wheels. A total of 1305 examples were produced, 883 Automatics and 422 GTs.

This lovely low mileage example was shipped  from new to the Middle East, where King Hussein of Jordan, the car’s first owner, enjoyed his 400i for a number of years.

Described as being in excellent condition in all respects, this Ferrari has clearly been cared for by its owners, and used sparingly. This stunning GT car is offered with full history and invoices for work completed.

A great example of a fast appreciating classic Ferrari and one with impeccable provenance.


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