Friday, 28 July 2017

Magazine Article : Auto Capital : Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 / Lamborghini Espada / Maserat Indy

Another scan I obtained, unfortunately a very poor scan without front cover. Till now this is only the 2nd Italian magazine article. For now I'm unable to identify which edtion it has been. It's now available in the download folder.

Again, I would appreciate any further contribution from my readers to obtain the missing magazine articles. If possible provide high quality scans. See this blog for all relevant articles:

BAT : Watermelon Red: 1984 Ferrari 400i 5-Speed w/ Factory Upgrades - Dean Martin

This is a known car, so just the BAT article for the records and the comments:

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Ferrari 412 White on White - Bahrain - Saudi Arabia

Could it be this 412:

Is the same as this one:

A lonely Ferrari 400 in Bahrain 😢
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فيراري #كلاسيك #البحرين #السعودية #قديم

On further investigation some additional pictures were found and the conclusion is that it's a different car, mostly based on the bumper skirtst which are black and potential a different mirror:

Monday, 3 July 2017

The Silver Stone Classic Sale 2017 - Ferrari 400i Automatic

This advert came to my attention. Reason for mentioning here is because I'm interested in the outcome. Prices for the 400 in the UK are still fairly low compared with Europe Mainland. I like the color setting as well. And also the first owner is mentioned; Mr Page. I don't think it's Jimmy Page as he had a 1978 400 Automatic. By now I received some additional input about the owner, to be more precise, it's: "L Page”, Rothley, Leicestershire. He had also owned 24885 from new (now in the Netherlands), presumably swapping it for 32017. Originally light blue – as you can see here:

Registration: XIJ 400
Chassis Number: 32017
Engine Number: 32017
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 4823
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Estimate (£): 22,000 - 25,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

This UK right-hand drive Ferrari 400i was supplied new through Coopers of Leicester to a Mr Page on 20th August 1980. Finished in Grey Metallic with a blue leather interior, the car is an automatic, making it one of only 152 UK-supplied cars in this configuration. Over the years and up to 62,876 miles the car has been maintained by Coopers, Graypaul, Modena, and Maranello Concessionaires.
The paintwork is in good condition for a car of this age, and the body shows no signs of rust. The interior is much the same, with the leather seats remaining rip-free and the headlining presenting well. The wood on the centre console looks sharp and the original Philips 'Turnolock' radio is still present. The Bosch K-Jetronic injection has been refurbished by a Bosch specialist and at the same time service items completed. To enhance the engine appearance, the cam covers were removed and repainted.
Supplied with UK V5c, its original bookpack containing the handbook and the original service book, this 400i is now showing 75,300 miles on the odometer and presents a good opportunity to purchase a fairly rare home-market Ferrari at a realistic guide price.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Twin-Turbo 1980 Ferrari 400i Straman Convertible

This one came to my attention just now. Only in America ... According to the comments on BAT it has been sold for the reserve price (unknown to me). As Always, enjoy the BAT comments.

Apparently it got listed before:

And there is another version with a twin turbo as well (again in the USA of course):

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Ferrari 400 Stainz - Karl Ritter - National Technical Museum

Yesterday's comment on the other 400 from the Stainz museum resulted in the following update. Quite interesting and with a single owner. I now wonder who this person was and how much mileage the car has.

This example is a one owner car and is presented today in very original condition throughout even retaining its original Silver paint and original black leather interior.
Estimate: No Reserve
Registration Number: Austrian Registered
Chassis Number: F101 CL21701

It looks like it went from the Stainz museum to the Karl Ritzer museum. Apparently it got auctioned and then moved to Czech and it's now part of the Ferrari 70 years show at the national technical museum in Prague (transport) - It's not shown on their website but listed on the following article:

Friday, 30 June 2017

Automobilmuseum Stainz Austria : Ferrari 400

When I informed a close contact about this car:

he remarked this was a museum item for many years. It was located at museum Stainz which by the look of it no longer exists. Their website and FB is still up and running though but with the sign closed. Turns out they had two 400s :

Curious to know where this one ended up:

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Bonhams auction Goodwood 2017 - Lot 275 - Ferrari 365GT4 2+2

The following auction came to my attention:

My first guess it was Prince Bernhards 365GT4 2+2 due to it's color but it appeared to be a different one and a genuine right-hand model. The car comes with quite a bit of history but the first owner isn't mentioned (By now I have been informed the first owner is N. Oppenheimer). Im curious to see what the outcome will be. Looks like it still requires a bit of work to do.

I also like the introduction text supplied:

'Most important was the double overhead cam engine. Like Rolls-Royce, no horsepower figure was quoted, but surely it was at least 320. More important was its massive amount of torque. Taken together with the turbine-like characteristics of the V12 engine, it mattered little which gear one was in or at what speed.' – Stanley Nowak on the 356GT4 2+2, 'Ferrari on the Road'.

I guess I have another book on my list to buy.

And it got sold for 25k GBP

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Time period Swiss Garage photo's

Some very nice time period pictures of known Garages in Swiss. Thanks for sharing these unique photo's Cyrille.

Graber Automobile AG, Switzerland... 1988

Garage Walter Hasler AG, Switzerland... 1988

Garage Foitek AG, Switzerland... 1989

Saturday, 24 June 2017

1984 Ferrari GTi 400 From the Estate of Greg Garrison + 1981 Personal collection Robert E. Petersen.

And another known one:

It's the car owned by Dean Martin, see blog:

As you can see it was sold for a very good price in 2007. There is another one listed on the same auction which got even sold for 52k USD.

Very high prices for the US Market, I'm not sure if this is caused by the famous owners of these. This one came out of the private collection of Robert E Petersen ( Both were having the "desirable" manual gearbox as well.

Ferrari 412 Convertible Scaglietti Prototype

By surprise I came across this unique one-off. I have made another blog about this one but this photo and auction was unknown to me. So here you go:

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Emergency Triangle - Triangolo di segnaliazone - Triangle de pre-signalation

This was another item that was still missing. And of course I had to obtain the correct one. In the Original owners manual it's listed as an item but not actually displayed. It's shown though on the eurospares catalogue:

I checked with another owner who had the Original with his car. It appears to be made by a company called "costaplastik" in Macherio. The green color of the casing is a bit faded  but other then that it's pretty ok. Of course the price paid was ridiculous. But it's good for my nightrest as it's another step to completion.

Update 26-6-2017: I just found this picture of a 400 currently for sale on an auction, so I definately got the right one:

Monday, 12 June 2017

APT Performance - Video : FERRARI 400I REBUILD

A very nice timelapse recording of a 400i engine rebuild and more by APT Performance cars in Barcelona. I have now added this company to the sidebar as well. Excellent job Kike!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Auto Gespot : Ferrari 400i Orland Park (IL)

This spot made me happy. Nice to see the car being used and by the looks of it he's taking his son to a soccer game. How cool is that. Furthermore it looks like to be in a good condition. To bad about the US sidemarkers. Strange to see it without a front license plate but I like it though. I also noticed it does have the Original Tornado decals on the Vitaloni mirrors (I still have plenty left for sale, see my blog: And the rear lights seems to have been reversed, meaning blinking lights on the inside instead of the outside. By many the 400 is considered an ugly car. Well, on this parking area I see only ugly cars except the 400
Compliments to this owner. See the link for more supporting photo's:

Spotter Lamborarri
  • Orland Park (IL), United States of America
  • First time spotted in Orland Park (IL)
  • It isn't very often I get to spot classics, and it's even rarer that I spot a classic Ferrari. So you can imagine my surprise spotting this insanely rare Ferrari 400i at my cousin's soccer game at some random park. The owner was really chill and said this is the first time his car has ever been photgraphed, and I think he was almost as excited about that as I was to see this car to begin with. He said he drives it around the area sometimes so hopefully I will get to see it again. According to various websites, they only built around 850 of these and roughly 500 are left today.

  • Friday, 9 June 2017

    Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 Pace Car Le Mans 1973

    I should have posted this unique picture earlier. Thanks for finding and sharing Cyrille!

    Thursday, 8 June 2017

    Ferrari 412 service time schedule + spare parts catalogue

    For my growing archive I recently purchased these 2 manuals on an auction for a "decent" price. They arrived today. Unfortunately I got outbid on a few other auction items.

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017

    Battery quick pole disconnector.

    Another item I took care of last Saturday. I placed this so called battery pole connector to easily disconnect/connect with a turning wheel. It's not exactly located at a convenient place but it's do-able. No more hassle with taking off the battery clamp as I always disconnect it when I park it longer term. Another rewarding job.