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Lot 239: 1984 Ferrari 400i

Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars, Coys (30 April 2006)

Ferrari took some time to come into the four-seat market although Aston Martin, de Tomaso, Lamborghini and Maserati had established that there was a niche for such a car. When Ferrari did decide to make a real four-seat car, it seems to have shaken up Pininfarina. Presented with the problem of styling a large car with a sporting pedigree, however, they pulled out all the stops.The result is timeless elegance - there are no other words as suitable to describe it. Note the way that the large circular rear lights contrast with the otherwise severe rear panel. Note the way the Ferrari badge is placed on the car: it is discreet, but placed in such a way as to announce its presence to other road users. The beauty of its design is its infinite subtlety. The model went through many phases, starting life as the 365GT4 and ending as the 412i; it was as beautiful on the day it ended as on the day it first began.Using the magical V12 engine as seen on many of the great cars from Maranello, the 400i was powered by an enlarged version of the 4.4 litre quad cam unit as seen on the earlier 365 models, now with the addition of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and 4.8 litres replacing the traditional weber carburettor units.The car was probably the most refined Ferrari to have ever left the gates at Maranello and allowed the paying public a chance to purchase a true 12 cylinder Ferrari that could geniunely seat four adults and would cruise comfortably all day on the autostrada at 150mph. This was a Ferrari like no other, a mature grown up member of the Maranello family. This low mileage car on offer today is without doubt one of the finest examples of this tipo that we have ever had the opportunity to sell. Finished with Blue Chiaro coachwork with Crema hide, the car comes complete with the original leather/suede Ferrari owners wallet containing the original operating manual, warranty and owners service book with a number of stamps from Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. There are a number of old MOT's and tax discs, including the original from new and the car still retains its original number plates from Maranello Concessionaires. There is a file of servicing and maintenance bills as well as various correspondance from the owner to Maranello and an original Ferrari sales brochure from the period. An interesting addition to the cars history was the first owner was none other than Colonel Ronnie Hoare, Chairman of Maranello Concessionaires UK and the car was used as his daily transport to and from work. The car comes with a letter from Col. Hoare in period confirming this. Presented with a valid MOT valid until September '06 this suberb example of the iconic 400i is ready to be used and looked after by its next custodian. This model has got to be the best value 12 cylinder Ferrari available and is set to appreciate as the model gets increasingly rarer and sought after in this condition.

Lot Details
Auction Sports, Touring, Historic Road and Racing Cars
Coys, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit
Lot Number239
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9645
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
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Registration numberA982 CPL
Chassis number000047277
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