Saturday, 31 October 2015

Ouch - stop it please

Here is another one ... I captured this one on FChat


Thursday, 29 October 2015

Ferrari 412 manual for sale - ClassicsNL WTC Expo Leeuwarden

The past weekend a new classic car show was organized in the Netherlands:

http://alexmiedema.nl/2015/10/25/classicsnl-hopelijk-een-blijvertje-in-oldtimerland/

And this 412 was presented and for sale.


You can see more detail about this 412 at the selling company:

http://gijsvangeloven.nl/autos/ferrari-412-handgeschakeld/

Thanks for sharing Frank.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

1981 Sport Auto Magazine Test Ferrari 400i - Maserati Kyalami - Porsche 928S


Thanks to the donation of Roland I have bought this German Magazine which has a great comparisson test between 3 cars I personally all like. It's now available in the download folder.
Viel spass beim lesen mein Deutsche Freunden.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Monday, 26 October 2015

Book - Autobiography Leonardo Fioravanti - IL CAVALLINO NEL CUORE

I should have promoted this book much earlier. I already touchbased a little about it in this specific blog:

http://erwin400.blogspot.nl/2015/08/design-story-part-ii-pininfarina-paolo.html

The next part is coming but is pending on finalizing the video interview and other bits and pieces.

Earlier this week Dedo shared this unique picture with me:


It's Mr. Fioravanti and the Publisher Giorgio Nada at the event Concorso Stelle Sul Liston.

I had the book already in my possession on the 14th of June when I received a signed copy from Mr. Fioravanti himself:

 
 

I can testify it's a very good and complete book, it's actually an autobiography. It's written by himself instead of being done by a ghostwriter in a fancy style - it really gives the book a natural and personal touch.  Lots of questions I had prepared for the interview were more or less answered in the book. Of course it also reveals more on the background about the creation of the 400. I'm not going to release that on my blog so you simply need to order the book. I consider it a must have. As said, it's very complete with many unique pictures and touchbases on his entire oeuvre.

With the days becoming longer and colder it's a good read or else treat yourself on a nice gift for the upcoming festive days.

You can order it here http://www.libreriadellautomobile.it/English/ or here, now with 15% reduction:

http://www.giorgionadaeditore.it/novita/il-cavallino-nel-cuore.html

Happy reading everyone.


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Ferrari 400 ex Freddy Heineken spotted again

Ain't that typical, I only mentioned this car 4 days ago on my blog:

http://erwin400.blogspot.nl/2015/10/ferrari-400-kroymans.html

And guess what, it has been spotted again today. In fact it was spotted on the highway nearby where I live. I suspect it's mr. Kroymans driving himself. Nice spot and thanks for sharing Arriën!


Saturday, 24 October 2015

Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 - Sir Henry Cooper - auction


I had seen the offering mentioned before and catched it again today. This time around I thought to update my blog with it, just for the records.

http://thesteepletimes.com/today/enrys-ferrari/

Update 26-10-2015: And a very nice addition. Even though the article refers to a GTB it's likely referring to the 365GT4 2+2 - as he owned only 1 Ferrari.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/4756565/Autobiography-Sir-Henry-Cooper.html

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Ferrari 400 Kroymans visit

Today I had to escape the house and went to Kroymans to stroll around. To my surprise I spotted the Freddy Heineken Ferrari 400 in the basement collection. The car was spotted several times in the country throughout the past year. I suspect the car must then still be part of the Kroymans private collection. I guess they take the 400 out occassionly to keep it in good running condition. And in the garage I spotted another 400 for maintenance. Good to see the 400's are taken care off.
 

 
 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Monday, 19 October 2015

Ferrari 400i Bosch K-Jetronic Microfiche / Mikrocarte

Last week I bought this Bosch Microfiche regarding the K-Jetronic system used on the Ferrari 400i.
Luckily my parents had a reader so I could see what's on it. It does contain specific testing and required values. Quite useful documentation.The information is all in German though. I made a screen photo to capture all information. It's collated in a PDF and is now available in the download folder (manual directory). Ideally I would like to have a proper digitalized version as the pictures taken are not of good quality. Anyone outhere who can help?




Saturday, 17 October 2015

2 years of blogging

And here we are. Another year passed by. It's exactly one year ago I wrote this blog:

http://erwin400.blogspot.nl/2014/10/1-year-of-400-blogging.html

At that time I felt it would be difficult to find more useable content for this blog. But somehow I managed to keep up easily another year. But this time around I can almost definately say I have exhausted mostly all available internet resources. So to continue further I simply rely on new input published on the Internet. Since the attention and appreciation for this car is taking off lately it's not unusual new items of interest are published. Furthermore I'm still hunting for time period magazines and articles. For this I welcome donations or alternatively you can buy them yourself and send me a digital scan. Feel free to reuse anything from this blog. As Always any input is welcomed. If I can be of any help just let me know. Happy to assist if I can.

And for those curious regarding the stats, hereby the snapshots. Over the past year it has been fluctuating quite a bit. But on average it's about 3000 hits per months, so about 100 per day. In total 60k of hits. Most of them are still generated by the United States. Typical, for a car that was never sold there.





Stelle Sul Liston - Concorso d'Eleganza 2015 - Ferrari 400 GT

Grazie mille Dedo.  If you look closely on the first picture you can see Mr. Fioravanti in the jury.


 
 


Thursday, 15 October 2015

Ferrar 412 Vento Rosso by Pavesi for Sale

It was brought to my attention this very rare and special Ferrari 412 is now on the market for sale.


Di seguito alcune informazioni sulla Ferrari 412 in generale e sulla nostra Ferrari 412 "Vento Rosso" Pavesi.
NOTE SULLA FERRARI “412” COUPE’
La Ferrari 412 Coupè ha sostituito la 400, che era un po’ anonima, con intervento su alcuni particolari della carrozzeria e sul motore aumentando la cilindrata da 4824 a 4943 i.e. con 340 Cv.
Produzione solo n. 303 esemplari dal 1985 al 1989.
E’ l’ultima vettura con motore 12 cilindri prima di adottare ABS
NOTE SULLA FERRARI 412 CARROZZERIA PAVESI “VENTO ROSSO”
Secondo notizie da noi assunte dal precedente proprietario (Museo delle Comunicazioni, Cormano), ed anche dai tecnici che hanno contribuito al progetto, la Ferrari 412 Pavesi  denominata “ Vento Rosso” è stata realizzata su disegno di un architetto interno alla Pavesi allo scopo di potersi  accreditare, una volta ultimata la vettura, presso la Ferrari come carrozzeria di riferimento al pari di Farina, Scaglietti, etc, anche in considerazione del fatto che la Ferrari già autorizzava la stessa Pavesi a realizzare le capote elettriche sulle  400 eseguendo interventi, oltre al taglio del tetto, anche per irrobustire altri componenti di carrozzeria.
Pertanto la Ferrari 412 “Vento Rosso”  è rimasta a livello di unico esemplare  in quanto  tale iniziativa non ha avuto  seguito anche per le note vicissitudini finanziarie della Pavesi stessa.
Alla luce di quanto sopra ci sembra opportuno rilevare che tale vettura appartenga a quella categoria di unico esemplare “ONE OFF” che per un collezionista, ed ancora di più se possessore di altre Ferrari, rappresenta un pezzo unico di rilevante interesse storico e di sicuro futuro valore.
NOTE TECNICHE
La Ferrari 412 Pavesi denominata “Vento Rosso” è stata realizata dalla carrozzeria Pavesi tra il 1991 ed il 1993, su un telaio (n.81.011) della Ferrari 412.  Non si tratta di una modifica parziale (come ne erano già state fatte su altre Ferrari 400) bensì di un design della carrozzeria completamente nuovo e realizzata interamente dalla Pavesi stessa, per cui rappresenta un esemplare unico (ONE OFF). Il nome Vento Rosso è stato dato da Pavesi stesso per dare alla vettura una connotazione diversa dalla Ferrari 412.

Il cofano motore, il bagagliaio ed il coperchio della capote sono stati realizzati in alluminio, i paraurti in vetroresina ed i restanti lamierati della carrozzeria in acciaio. Il cofano motore ha una pendenza maggiore della vettura di serie; la parte posteriore è più alta e priva di spoiler. Sulle fiancate la carrozzeria è marcata da uno scalino che inizia anteriormente in maniera leggera, poi aumenta la sporgenza fino ai ¾ della vettura, per poi diminuirla nuovamente verso il bagagliaio.

L’interno è rimasto quello originale con i sedili in pelle nera mentre la capote è stata completamente ridisegnata ed è stato realizzato appositamente un sofisticato sistema di movimentazione elettro-idraulica che esegue le manovre automaticamente in sequenza.

Caratteristiche tecniche:

Anno produzione telaio: 1985

Motore: 12 cilindri a V, 4942 cc 

Potenza: 340 HP a 6000 giri

Peso: 1818 kg

Velocità max: 255 km/h

Colore : rosso

Interno: pelle nera









Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Five Ways to Invest in Ferrari Without Waiting for the IPO

Surprisingly the 400 is on the list ... what a bargain:

http://www.thedrive.com/article/458

Here is an upcoming auction with a 412 with a very low estimate. Dirt cheap in my opinion, I think it will end up much higher (2x):
Update 14-10-2015: I overlooked the fact this car is not running, hence the low estimate.

https://www.classicdriver.com/en/car/ferrari/400-412/1978/337227

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Bring a trailer - 1974 Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 5-Speed - Ferrari Classiche - Martini

Just adding this one for the records. A lot of detail and nice pictures. Incuding a Ferrari Classiche certificate. It does reveal the name of the 1st owner as well: Elie Ayache. A quick search prompted me this article:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-459065/On-Rocks--The-Martini-Girl-sold-sex-slavery.html

Quite a story. Due to this article I went straight into nostalgic mode. So had to watch a Martini commercial



Gee, just think about it, owning a new Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 and marry the Martini lady, not bad eh.
Back to reality and the auction:

http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1974-ferrari-365gt4-22/

 
 
Update 8-10-2015: Just after I published this blog I read on Fchat it's quite a known car:
 
 
But also this thread is providing more detail:
 
 
Coming back to Elie Ayache, I found also the following comment about him on FChat:
 
Ayache did many deals with Achilli Motors in Milan in the 70s and early 80s. Then Achilli was forced to close. Most of the cars delivered/sold to Ayache never went to Lebanon but rather stayed in Italy or the South of France. Marcel Massini
 
And interestingly I also came across the following snippet taken from this article:
 
 
Living in Muslim West Beirut when civil war broke out in 1976, Deborah and her first daughter, together with the nanny, made a dash for the green line and the safety of Christian East Beirut. In a later bombardment, they lost almost 30 new Ferraris (Ayache had the Ferrari franchise for the Middle East) and some Riva speedboats, all paid for and uninsured. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Ferrari 400GT - Stelle Sul Liston - Concorso d'Eleganza

Good Luck Dedo!

http://www.stellesulliston.it/language/en/

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