Replacing the 365 GT 2+2 the 400 was an exciting proposition for Ferrari with updated styling including a revised V12 engine increasing the displacement to 4.8L and the new optional three speed automatic gearbox. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1976 the 400 was available in both automatic and manual variants.
In 1979 the 400 was replaced by the fuel injected 400i, differences between the two 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 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 1305 examples were produced, 883 Automatics and 422 GTs.
In the early 1970s the renowned coachwork and convertible conversion specialist Richard Straman began converting Factory Ferraris from their original specification to a professionally built convertible alternative. A popular option amongst many Ferrari owners the 400 was just one of the few Ferraris chosen to be adapted.
Believed to be a Straman conversion this particular black on tan low mileage example is showing just 17,500 miles and is supplied with bills and receipts of maintenance work along with a US car fax report showing its mileage. Recently recommissioned by Ferrari specialists Rardley Motors of Surrey at an expense of over £10,000 the vendor describes the car as being in good all-round condition and is supplied with a Mot until 25th May 2018.