Sunday, 31 December 2017

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Ferrari 400i Nose job

I came across this offering on FB. It reminded me of the following blogs:

I wonder what happened with the remaining of that car and if it was involved in an accident.
In any case, this item is offered by the following company:

I was hinted by someone this nose might belong to this 400i located in Norway:

Ferrari 400i 4.8 L V12 1982, 52 000 km, kr 446 594,-

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Ferrari 400i Prototipo ?

Thought this is an interesting one to share as well:

It was put up for sale on Ebay but didn't sell though (despite a high number of bidders):

Copying the Ebay advert text for the records:


Very rarely does an opportunity to own a piece of Ferrari history come along. Up for auction is this one off Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 with significant documented Ferrari history.

This vehicle rolled off the production line at the Maranello factory on the 12th of March 1975 in its Argento 2.443.048 with Beige interior. And is engine number 00001.

The earliest engine number that has been found/known of is 00004.

The vehicle was retained by Ferrari/Pininfarina  for 5 years and used as a Experiences/Development vehicle for the new 400 models. This vehicle is well known in Europe with Ferrari enthusiast and motoring journalists. It was featured in many Ferrari publications and motor showes.

After this vehicle went through it’s development duties  with Ferrari and Pininfarina over 5 years it was first registered as a 400 GT in 1980.

The vehicle was found in Tasmania were it had been in storage (Barn Find) for 15+ years. And still remains untouched it still has it original michelin tyres including the spare, and it’s Italian registration label from 1996.

The vehicle has been verified by Marcel Massini and the Marannello Concessionaries Archive.

For further details please call Adam on 0459 222 332."

The displayed magazine I do happen to have in my archive:

The 2nd page of that magazine does show however an interior of a different 400i since it's black and not tan.

And apparently there is an earlier edition of this magazine that published an article about the same car as well. Here you can see the pages and it's interior. You can see also the different pictures used, black and tan interior. Note the double ashtray in the midconsole.

Furthermore this car has this fancy Panasonic over head radio console. An item which I consider very cool. It has been nicely tailored in leather matching the rest of the interior. You can see too there is not the traditional stitched headligning in the ceiling. 

A pity that the pictures provided are a bit poor:

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Ferrari 400 Classiche

Just a nice comparisson example in regards with yesterdays blog. This is a European 1983 400i Automatic in Swiss. Offered for about 106.000 Swiss Francs, which translates close to 100.000 Euro or equals similar to 106.000 US Dollar.

Clearly this is a very nice specimen as well and as pointed out by the advert it had undergone large maintenance supported with some nice pictures. The car is worth it. Such a fine automobile for classy gentleman.


Aussenfarbe: Nero (schwarz Glanz), Innenfarbe: Crema
2015 wurden diverse mechanische Restaurationen im Wert von über CHF 20'000.- durchgeführt
2017-2018 werden weitere Restaurationen am Fahrzeug durchgeführt. Neue TRX-Reifen etc. CH-Fahrzeug

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Bonhams Auction : 1977 FERRARI 400 GT - no reserve

A rare 400 manual carburettor up for grabs at an auction in the USA :

The estimate price looks reasonable and fair to me for the European market given it's condition, rarity and striking elegance. The 400 seems somehow still less favourable in the UK and US market.

I'm listing it here as I'm interested in the outcome of the auction.

SOLD: Bargain, what a steal!!

Lot 42
One of just 147 400 GTs built from 1976-79
1977 Ferrari 400 GT
Design by Pininfarina
Sold for US$ 61,600 (€ 50,330) inc. premium

The Scottsdale Auction
18 Jan 2018, 11:00 MST

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Frank Monte - The Australian Private Eye - Ferrari 400

Frank Who? No, not the infamous Mafiosi:

I have to admit I had not heard about this guy either but I got triggered by a thread on Ferrarichat and figured it’s worthwhile to create a little blog about it for the records.

Actually the pictures with him in combination with the 400 are pretty cool. So here you go:

Downtown Los Angeles,August 1994.Frank Monte The Australian Private Eye With His Fiance Justin,Frank Hopes To Take Over Private Investigations In America

As for Frank, well, quite a bit of articles are written about him, here are just a few so you can Judge for yourself:

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Frank Valverde - Stuntman died in a crash with a Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2

Yes, it's another true story.

The following Spanish link provides more detail about it including information about his other stunts:

The following video provides a collection of his stunts, including the fatal stunt at the port of Marseille on June 13th of 1982. I have set the video to start at this point:

Prior to this stunt he seemed to have used a 365GT4 2+2 for another cascade stunt into the water:
I only could find this material about it:

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Petrolicious shop : Ferrari 400 by Niels van Roy Design

This is what Niels ( has to say about his work:

Compared to many other cars from the brand with the prancing horse this front-engined V12 2+2 Ferrari is a not-so-standard-choice and a bit unloved. The 400 is a true grand tourer, made by Ferrari between 1972 and 1989. It was the very first Ferrari to be available with an automatic transmission, enhancing this grand tourer’s character even more. With subtle design by Leonardo Fioravanti the three-box 400 is one of my favorite GT’s. It is long, stretched, pure and elegant. It just communicates this ease of driving over long stretches of autobahn or perhaps beautiful country roads. Instead of being overly aggressive, as many sportcars still are, the 400 is understated but self-assured. A well-executed piece of automotive design.

Interested in this piece of art, check out the shop:

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Monday, 11 December 2017

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Italy here we come 2017 - road trip video - Ferrari 400

Oh boy! the IHWC 2017 roadtrip video has just been released. This gives me a huge smile which even a plastic surgeon can not remove. This will get me thru the winter. Enjoy:

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Oil in Coolant - fix / repair - preventative maintenance.

I thought this was a very interesting item to highlight. Clearly a lot of tips and tricks can be found in FChat. I wish there was some kind of knowledge database or Wiki that keeps track of items like this:

In this case it's very nicely written up with supporting photo's and details about the parts and a homemade tool to take the item out.

Perhaps I should make a start now. Just like the compatibility items and parts resources this can come in quite handy. For now I will label blogs like this: "fixit" and will make it available on the sidebar.

In case you don't suffer this specific problem you still might want to consider it a fairly cheap preventative maintenance job.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Classic & Sports Cars - Supercars 4 places : Ferrari 365GT4 2+2

This is the French edition, now available in the download folder.

The English version was already published in 2016 and is of course also available in the same folder.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 - 400 - 400i - 412 price valuation index 2017 - Onschatbare Klassieker Magazine

The new yearbook of the Dutch Onschatbare Klassieker Magazine came out. So I purchased it and looked up the valuation indexes for the Ferrari 400. See also my previous blogs about it.

For this year the prices are exactly the same as last year. So I guess all is steady. Still remarkable to see the 412 listed with the lowest price. On the current market I see them offered for a lot more though. I consider the price ratings more like an indicative marking.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Magazine Classic Cars : Ferrari 400i vs Ferrari 456

A Dutch article recently published in ClassicCars magazine. Now available in the download folder.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Lancaster Brochure - Road Winners - Ferrari 400i

I suspect this is a very early eighties brochure by Lancaster Garage in the UK. Now available in the download folder.