Sunday, 30 July 2017

Ferrari 412 Dutch first owner - it's Jazz

As you might have noticed it was quiet lately but I'm now back from holiday leave. And of course I had to catch up a little. I started up the daily routine and one car attracted my interest. It's surprising to see how many 400s are currently for sale. Although difficult to tell from an advert most of them look to be in good condition. They are well priced too (in Europe) but still I consider them fairly affordable compared with other Ferrari's (if they can be compared at all) or with other 2+2s by other brands, ie Lamborghini Espada and Maserati Indy. In any case, this advert mentioned it was originally delivered in the Netherlands by Kroymans and having a single owner. Capturing the Dutch advert text for the records:

Ferrari 412i Single Owner Since New Origineel Nederlands geleverd, eerste eigenaar
Aantal deuren: 2
Transmissie: 3 versnellingen, Automaat
Bouwjaar: apr 1988
Modelreeks: jan 1986 - dec 1989
Aantal cilinders: 12
Motorinhoud: 4.942 cc
Ledig gewicht: 1.920 kg
Laadvermogen: 380 kg
GVW: 2.300 kg
Wielbasis: 270 cm

Slechts 1 eigenaar
Origineel Nederlands geleverd
Gedistingeerde kleurcombinatie
Perfecte originele staat
Brooks Classics presenteert met trots deze Ferrari 412i, uitgevoerd in bijzonder smaakvol Blu Chiaro Metallizzato in combinatie met Crema leder en donkerblauw tapijt.
Op 22 april 1988 was het feest bij Ferrari importeur Kroymans in Hilverum. De Ferrari 412i, destijds het absolute topmodel van Ferrari, een auto voor de happy few, werd afgeleverd aan de eerste eigenaar, een bekende verzamelaar van sportieve en klassieke auto's. De 412 bleek een schot in de roos. Zelfs toen meneer op een leeftijd kwam waarop veel mensen gaan zoeken naar een kleine, praktische auto met hoge instap, bleef de Ferrari de favoriet. Kalfslederen handschoenen aan, pochet in het colbert en gasgeven zoals een gentleman betaamd, dát was het credo! Toen de eerste eigenaar overleed ging werd de gekoesterde Ferrari bijgezet in de collectie van zijn zoon, en zeer spaarzaam gebruikt. Onlangs kwam dan toch het moment dat de auto ter koop wordt aangeboden om een nieuwe liefhebbende eigenaar te vinden.
De auto wordt aangeboden in de originele staat, compleet met de GAIK platen uit 1988, de onderhoudsboeken en overige documentatie. Gelieve vooraf een afspraak te maken met Geert-Jan Tax, via of 030-8507500.
*Brooks Classics is een aan de Broekhuis Groep gelieerde onderneming, gespecialiseerd in de kleinschalige handel in Britse en Italiaanse auto's van hoge kwaliteit. Kijk op voor meer informatie of neem contact op via 030-8507500 /*

I noticed the car was offered for sale in Houten, which I live next to. At first I didn't recognize this company (Brooks Classics) but it appeared it belonged to Broekhuis cars - which is a known large car dealer over here. I mostly know them for Volvo and Ford but they also are representative's for Jaguar and Landrover and some other brands. I wondered how this car ended up there.

The supporting pictures in the advert showed they were taken at a fruit farm (apples). In fact, since the car was offered in Houten I thought I even recognized that location:

This might sound strange, but I do happen to drive by that location once a week. Besides that, next to the "barn" a villa is build which is often having new car exotics parked for their entrance.

As I was still off that day I had some spare time and just drove to the car dealer to learn more about the car. On the way I passed the barn and the villa, see here the supporting pictures to confirm it (click to enlarge - at the villa you can spot two white sports cars, I think one of them is a Ferrari 458 Italia):

I'm not sure if there is any connection with the owner of that villa. When I arrived at the car dealer the 412 was not available in the showroom. Bummer. The guy behind the reception said it was only available on appointment as mentioned in the advert. He got me in contact with the sales manager and we had a nice chat in his office. Turns out he knew the car quite well as previously he had worked for Kroymans. That was the reason they bought it. The first owner, Mr Bogaers Senior, passed away and it moved to the collection of his son. Bogaers Junior, formerly owned the Jaguar dealership in Breda. In any case, the 412 had to move out of the collection. Out of curiosity I just quickly checked the sales manager on Google and it confirms he previously worked at Kroymans for 10 years and moved to Broekman last year. Apparently to the same article his father was in the past the CEO of Jaguar Netherlands. So clearly they must have been well connected and thus explains nicely how he got ahold of this 412.

The sales guy told me they are currently in the process of launching a new garage/showroom nearby Vleuten (close to Louwman) to sell classic cars under the name Brooks Classics. Currently they have a lot on stock, including the 412, which are stored seperately until the new location is ready. It appeared the 412 is stored in Schalkwijk, this is a small village next to Houten. It happens to be the village where I was born and raised (how's that). He arranged for me the car to be picked up the same day so I could check it out in the afternoon. Very nice - a true sales manager. He additionally told me a little more about the owner and how fond he was about the car. As mentioned in the advert, the owner drove it with gloves. The car had also some of the Original music cassette tapes with it.

So later that day I did visit the car and it was a very nice and Original specimen indeed. Although it did had some very small spots and some scratches but nothing worrisome. Some areas had been resprayed to cover some previous "parking scratches" but as far as I could see not due to severe damage or such. The car had not been driven for a while so it definately requires a complete technical check up.

Today I did some further checking and noticed the car was previously for sale at Munsterhuis, see the supporting pictures on the Dutch Ferrari register:

Clearly I now recall this as well as at the time I was intending to visit it, for the same reason why I did visited it yesterday, but back then I could not find the time to do so.

The Original link is unfortunately no longer working and nothing in Google cache could be found either:

And nothing could be revealed via either. The only line I could obtain is:

We are selling this very nice and good 412 Automatic for our customer.The car is family heritage, and therefor first ownership.

So I suspect it was for sale in consignation at Munsterhuis.

I now checked the Dutch road register as well and from this it's clear it's without MOT/APK since 1999:

So it's true it has not been driven actively since.

As for the first owner I managed to find this picture at some online archive (

It's a portrait of Jaguar dealer Gies Bogaers (the son of the 1st owner) in his new showroom in Breda with a picture from 1961 together with his father in a Daimler SP 250

And now I'm jumping back to the music cassette tapes. Yes, there was one left in the radio! If you know me a little you might know this is something I particularly like, read this blog:

I was quite curious to learn what kind of music this owner would have been listning while driving. For sure he was an eldery man, I suspect he must be in his late sixties when he purchased this car. The cassette is from 1983 and as you can read it's music by "Ad vanderhood's kwartet" 

I don't recognize this name and it sounds very Dutch. So I looked it up on YouTube first. Turns out it's a Clarinet musican and playing jazzy music. Fantastic, I love it. In fact it sounds close to Fausto Papetti (if you have reading the blog I provided above you know what I'm talking about).

Picture yourself driving a 412 while playing this:

It reminded me also about this great spot, see blog:

I had to look up a little more background regarding this musican. His Dutch name is Ad van den Hoed. There is no Wikipedia about him but I found this Dutch link though:

And for the wider audience a small English translation:

Mr. Ad van den Hoed, also named Advanderhood. They use to call him "The Dutch Benny Goodman" or "Mr. Clarinet", the master on clarinet, known from many radioshows in the fifties, sixties, seventies and lots of LP-records with his mates Rinus van Galen-piano, Henk v.d. Molen-bass and Ferdi Posthuma-de Boer-drums or Dick Schallies-piano, Frank Noya-bass and Peter Ypma-drums or Dick Scallies-piano, Koos Serierse-bass and Evert Overweg-guitar: his Ad Vanderhood Quartet.  Even now, in 2010, Ad (born 1925) is still active on his clarinet.

Sorry, I got carried away in a nostalgic wave. For the records another picture of this beauty and it's VIN.

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