1977 Ferrari 400i GT Coupé Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. EPE 691V Chassis no. 29161 Engine no. to be advised
Launched at the 1976 Paris Salon, the 400GT had acquired a 4.8-litre version of Ferraris four-cam V12 engine but otherwise differed from its 365GT/4 2+2 predecessor only in detail. The 400GT re-affirmed Ferraris determination to compete with the worlds finest luxury sports saloons and was intended to attract the type of mature yet discerning customer who previously might have opted for a Bentley or Mercedes-Benz. This latter requirement made the option of automatic transmission a necessity. The unit chosen - General Motors three-speed Hydramatic - was widely regarded as the worlds best, having been used by Cadillac and subsequently by Rolls-Royce and Jaguar among others. Ferraris splendidly equipped 2+2 featured self-levelling independent rear suspension, power-assisted steering, electric windows and optional air conditioning. Sadly, even after it received fuel injection, the 400GT - now the 400i GT - remained effectively a Europe-only model because of the expense involved in crash-testing two cars for US safety assessment. By the time production of the final 412 version ceased in 1989, Ferraris finest 2+2 had been in production for a remarkable 17 years, though its exclusivity meant that there were seldom more than 200 sold in any one year. This particular 400i GT has the popular automatic transmission option and was purchased by its late owner in 1998. The car has been maintained by Autocure on the Isle of Wight since acquisition, benefiting from new front wings (2005) and overhauled rear suspension (2006). It was last serviced in July 2008 and was driven from the Isle of Wight to Ripley, Surrey in March of this year. Finished in pale blue metallic with matching leather interior, this well cared-for Gentlemans Ferrari is offered with an extensive file of history and bills, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5C registration document.