Lot 622: 1989 Ferrari 412GT Coupe
Produced between 1985 and 1989, the Ferrari 412 was the final glorious flowering of the �400� series of luxurious four-seaters that had commenced with the introduction of the 365GT/4 2+2 in 1972. Launched at the 1976 Paris Salon, the successor-model 400GT gained a 4.8-litre version of the four-cam V12 engine, but otherwise differed only in detail. Following successful experiments carried out by engineers in the USA the 400 became the first Ferrari to offer automatic transmission as an option. The unit chosen - General Motors� three-speed Hydra-Matic 400 - was widely regarded as the world�s best, having been used by Cadillac and subsequently by Rolls-Royce and Jaguar among others. Flagship of the Maranello range, the splendidly equipped 400GT featured self-levelling independent rear suspension, power-assisted steering, electric windows and optional air conditioning. Its arrival reaffirmed Ferrari�s determination to compete with the world�s finest luxury saloons.
Representing evolution rather than revolution, the 412 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1985. The newcomer enjoyed a small (119cc) capacity increase, anti-lock brakes, revised interior and bumpers colour co-ordinated with the bodywork, while an improved front air dam and raised boot deck reduced the 412�s already low co-efficient of drag by around ten percent. By the time production ceased in 1989, Ferrari�s 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.
Ferrari�s decision to equip the 400 series with automatic transmission was vindicated by the fact that more than two-thirds of customers took up the option, the purchaser of �80652� included. A right-hand drive model costing �81,000 as delivered, the car has enjoyed only one owner from new and been maintained regardless of cost, as evidenced by the accompanying substantial history file containing the original bill of sale and a full complement of service invoices (copies of these will be available for inspection, the originals to be forwarded to the purchaser after sale). An outstanding example of its type presented in exceptional condition, the car is finished in silver metallic with black leather interior, the latter equipped with lambs� wool over-rugs. Offered with fresh MoT and Swansea V5.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£22425|
|Registration number||G14 GGG|
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