Thursday, 19 September 2019

For Sale: Iraq / Kurdistan - Ferrar 412 Automatic

My radar caught this Ferrari 412 for sale in Iraq - Kurdistan:

http://kurdsale.com/en/car/53265/

Which reminded me of this blog article:

https://erwin400.blogspot.com/2014/12/ferrari-400-in-iraq-al-iraq-by-cinecars.html

Unfortunately the link of the article is not working? But you can see still read it via the web archive website (the article is in Dutch but does have an English version below):

https://web.archive.org/web/20141209141220/http://www.cinecars.nl/baha-bagdad-en-de-400/

Curious to learn more owners history about this car ...














Monday, 2 September 2019

Zender Exklusiv-Auto - Ferrari 400i

A very nice eighties advert by the German auto tuner Zender, with two 400's displayed. Thanks for sharing Cyrille!

As far as I'm aware they never created a body/tuning kit for the 400. I just checked and found their website with a good historical overview:

https://zender-historie.de/historie.html

And the historical catalogues for various car brands:

https://zender-historie.de/katalog.html




Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 Prova photo

Wow, another great post on Facebook. Previously he posted this one:

https://erwin400.blogspot.com/2018/11/photoshoot-fiorano-1972-pininfarina.html

And today this unique photo which I haven't seen before but is taken for the "known series" press photo's.



As can be read in the comments: It's taken from the photoshoot for the press photo's in 1973. This is chassis 17117 delivered by Pininfarina, which has a special velvet interior. This car is now part of the turning wheel collection:

http://www.barchetta.cc/All.Ferraris/events-stories/events/2010/museum/turning-wheel-collection-/73-108/index.html


For more photo's about this prova see my blog:

https://erwin400.blogspot.com/2017/05/car-styling-quarterly-nr-12-pininfarina.html

Also this book had more photo's about the prova photo shoot:

https://erwin400.blogspot.com/2018/01/ferrari-by-pininfarina-technology-and.html


Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Brochure : Con-Moda Gmbh - Ferrari 400i Cabriolet - Open-air-fascination - Frischluft enthusiast

Finally I got my hands on this brochure. It's now available in the download folder. Apparently Con-moda did made conversions for other brands, ie Honda. It does include the pricelist, but the price for the Ferrari is only answered on request.


Monday, 26 August 2019

Concours d'Elegance 2019 Paleis Soestdijk - Fiat 130 Coupe

So I attended the past weekend the Dutch Concours d'Elegance at the Royal Dutch Palace in Soestdijk. Not did I only attend I also particpated in the National concours organized by Octance Magazine. And no, not with the 400. I was hoping or expecting at least some Ferrari's of Prince Bernhard would have been lined up. I thought I had read somewhere the 412 would be present. But this was not the case. Note this palace was his residence at the time. Previously the concours was always held at the Palace het Loo. Nor did I spot a 400 on the classic and the public parking place either. Bummer!

As an exception I now use this opportunity to flash my latest purchase since it's closely related. It's a Fiat 130 Coupe 3200 Automatic.


A very nice fit with the 400. And I have seen it before there are other owners who have this combination in their garage as well. To be really complete a Rolls Royce Camargue should be part of such a collection. I only know of one owner who has such set in his collection. How cool is that!? I too have seen once one owner in the USA who had instead a very nice Lancia Gamma Coupe as a collection of three.

I happen to have a Lancia Thema 8.32 which actually fits nicely too. I'm not sure if this collection grew this way due to wishful thinking. But at the time when I bought the 8.32 I was considering other cars too, the Fiat 130 Coupe was one of them. But I choose the 8.32 because of it's unique concept. I still dig it after 10 years of ownership. Not much later I wanted to have a classic true Gran Turismo which became the 400. And now I'm ending up having the 130 coupe as well. 

This all nicely leads to this blog:


So I call my set:  "Enzo's Choice"






Find below some more photo's  for comparisson between the 400 and the 130. The following blog is perhaps a nice addition too:

https://erwin400.blogspot.com/2014/12/ferrari-400-design-pininfarina-leonardo.html











Oh, and I didn't won a price at the Concours ... 

If you fancy the Fiat 130 Coupe then the following website is potentially the best source on the internet: www.fiat130.nl 

Friday, 23 August 2019

Hagerty's price guide May / August

Overall the 400 series are still ranking bottom end but apparently there was a notable gain change for the 412i and the 400 GT with about 10%  The start of a trend? Who knows ...



Thursday, 22 August 2019

Japan : Magazine Car Graphic 4 - april 1981 : Ferrari 400i vs BB512


A very nice submission by one the readers - Merci Guillaume! I knew about it as I had seen the magazine for sale Ebay, not only very expensive but the shipping costs are even more expensive. So you can imagine I'm very pleased with this unique addition for the online archive (despite I can't read Japanese).

As for the Japanese, they happen to have a large amount of Italian car admirers and owners. So I'm actually quite curious to know how many 365/400/412 ended up overthere.

http://www.cargraphic.co.jp/



Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Hot Wheels Ferrari 412 Daft Punk Electroma

I posted this picture yesterday on Facebook and it got massively liked. So far I haven't been able to source one. If someone has a spare I'm interested to hear from you.


Monday, 19 August 2019

Ferrari 412 convertible / cabriolet

On FChat I spotted this archive having these unique Ferrari 412 convertible photo's:
Apparently they are from the US Magazine Road & Track:

https://automobility.stanford.edu/catalog/ht144wd6884

Not many 412 convertibles are around. Only 1 was offically was produced by Ferrari and I'm aware of 2 made by Jankel. I'm unsure by whom this one was done, I suspect it's a Straman conversion.





Sunday, 18 August 2019

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Ferrari Factory - Paul Newman

Another old historical photo someone shared. Apparently it's Paul Newman in the factory somewhere in the mid eighties. On the left you will see two noses of the 400

click to enlarge: