The Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 was introduced in 1976 as the successor to the rather larger 365 GT 2+2. With its much sleeker looks the Ferrari 365, also designed by Pininfarina, remained in production with very few styling changes until 1989 and proved to be a great success for the company. The 412 was introduced in 1985 and was a technically much improved and modernised version of the classic design, whilst still retaining a timeless and elegant shape. With a displacement of nearly 5 litres, the V12 engine now produced a healthy 340 bhp and ABS was available for the first time in a Ferrari. The Ferrari 412i is the ultimate version of the 400-series of four-seat Grand Touring cars and remains highly respected for its performance, luxury and ease of operation. Just 574 in total were built, of which 85 were right-hand drive.
One of the very last of the RHD examples produced, chassis 78339 was chosen to star on the Ferrari stand at the Earl’s Court Motor Show in 1989. Since then the 412 has been cosseted and very well maintained, with only two owners in the last 14 or so years. Servicing and repair work has been handled by leading specialist QV Ferrari for much of that time. As testament to the quality of this example the 412 won its class in the Ferrari Owners Club concours in 2006. As maintaining originality has been important the 412 is fitted with a period-correct Blaupunkt stereo, and the correct Michelin TRX metric tyres all round. A new stainless exhaust (fitted in 2014) is a useful upgrade. The 412 shows 28,000 miles recorded from new, supported by a file of invoices totalling c. £20,000.
Presented in Chiaro Blue with Crema leather interior, and complete with a file of receipts, service records, relevant articles and publications, this is a wonderful example of a fast and understated V12-engined Ferrari, the likes of which we may never see again.