|1982 Ferrari 400i
1982 Ferrari 400i
This V12 GT was designed to make miles of Autostrada disappear quickly, yet quietly in style and comfort. Ferrari's Pininfarina designed 400 GT and 400i Automatic were follow-on cars to the 365 GT4 2+2. All have the characteristic low beltline open airy feel with excellent visibility and a nice clean free of frills design. Ferrari enlarged displacement of the 60 degree V12 engine to 4823 cc giving peak HP at 340 to improve performance and top speed to over 150 MPH. These are luxurious touring Ferrari's with dual AC systems (front and rear) power steering, leather on almost every surface, loads of trunk space and room for kids in the back, and they can cruise all day at speeds well above 100 safety and comfortably. This car being the automatic version drives via a GM Turbo Hydra-matic three speed transmission. Intake on the 400i was also updated managed by Bosch fuel injection, instead of the Webber carburetors on the 365, to improve reliability and mileage, and reduce maintenance. Thus the 400i makes an excellent "driver" Ferrari! It is unfortunate Ferrari never officially imported either the 365 or 400 series cars as they were such a wonderful blend of speed and luxury and well ahead of the times. Fortunately some were imported and converted legally to meet EPA and DOT provisions.
This particular car Serial Number 39155 was imported in January of 1982, and EPA and DOT Conversions were done at Mardikian Engineering formerly of Costa Mesa. Paperwork copies are with the car and the car is registered in California and has clear California Title and retains all its correct SMOG equipment and passes CA SMOG tests.
Known history based on its paperwork show the car was sold to Texas owner originally then again in 1985 by Ferrari of Houston to another Texas gentleman who then brought the to the Bay Area where it was sold according to its present owner though Fantasy Junction.
Service documents are fairly detailed and substantiate its present mileage of 47293 miles, which agrees with Title. Tools packet and the manual set (books) are with the Ferrari, but no book packet cover.
Recent maintenance work, done by the present owner, include: new Michelin TRX tires, recently powder painted wheels, all new rubber fuel, radiator, heater and ancillary hoses, new exhaust with Catalyst, powder painted front grills, AC service, new lenses on fog lights, "shift-kit" and transmission service (to improve gear change within the automatic,) new windshield, and the dash was been recovered at that time as well, and the rear shocks were rebuilt.
The car drives wonderfully, loads of power and torque. It shifts very nicely and kick-down on the automatic is quick. Both AC systems work well. All switches and power features work except as noted: rear defroster switch is broken and a dome light was missing at the photo time, but has been sourced and will be installed. Brakes are excellent, power steering free of noises and the ride height is even all round. The car handles positively with no body sway, clunks or rattles. Instruments and lights all work correctly.
The interior is very nice, but not redone. The leather seats appear original and show only slight wear indicative of its age and mileage. They have a nice patina and there are no rips, tears, splits or worn dye areas. (Please note some of my pictures show sun spots that look light, these are not blotches in the leather just my poor photography skills.) Carpets appear original as well and are excellent, as is the trunk lining and headliner. Paint is quite nice! I have no documentation of a re-spray, but if done it was a competent job. Luster is very good, no swirl marks and only the smallest of micro scratches and a few stone chips. Aluminum window trim is excellent. Badges on the car appear correct and the prancing horse center caps on the wheels look to be new. The car looks very nice up close.
This is a private party car consigned to Driveline for sale by its owner.
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