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:


Friday, 16 August 2019

Tales from the past - part II

Remember this one:

https://erwin400.blogspot.com/2018/11/tales-from-past-ferrari-365gt4-22-gran.html

Well, he posted another interesting cool story on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/8727831092/permalink/10157270938541093/

Ieri sera Rai tv 1 ha trasmesso un programma turistico sulla Puglia.
Rivedere quei luoghi mi ha fatto ricordare un piacevole viaggio in compagniadi mia moglie Nicoletta in occasione di una festa di nozze di una coppia di Amici,appunto Vanda e Nicola Capano.
Era il 1967 credo il mese di ottobre,Nella Cattedrale di Trani celebrarono la loro unione questi nostri amici.
A cerimonia terminata,fuori dalla Cattedrale oltre parenti ed amici ad attendre gli sposi un nutrito gruppo di Carabinieri in Alta Uniforme per l'occasione con le sciabole costruirono un arco sotto il quale passarono i novelli Coniugi.Il tutto avvenne all'imbrunire,mentre il sole tramontava ed il mare Adriatico alle spalle della Cattedrale Romanica faceva da cornice ad una sceneggiatura da fiaba.
Per l'occasione facemmo il viaggio con una comoda 365 gt4 2+2 colore argento.L'auto mi era stata segnalata per l'occasione dal Commendatore.Era stataacquistata da un Suo Amico personale,il Conte Franco Grandi di Modena il quale quasi sempre era in Brasile per lavoro e mai utilizzava tale auto.La vettura data la particolare amiciziadel proprietario con Enzo Ferrari veniva custodita assieme alle auto personali del Commendatore in via Trento Trieste presso la sede della Ferrari.
E fu proprio li che il buon Florini me la fece vedere e provare.
Era sicuramente una buona occasione,me ne innamorai,e l'affare venne concluso.
Il viaggio fu piacevole fatta eccezione di una quasi rituale brontolatadi mia moglie per un passo troppo veloce.Nella foresta Umbra ,rischi ammo ,quasi di litigare,ma il viaggio poi ando'per il meglio.
Durante le varie escursioni che riuscimmo a fare in tale occasione,mi capito'a Bari di essermi accorto di avere sbagliato strada.In circonvallazione mi fermai presso una pattuglia della Polizia stradale .Mi venne detto che avrei dovuto ritornare indietro,ma per un lungo tratto non si poteva fare inversione.E qui accadde che il capo pattuglia sensibile al marchio del Cavallino,mi disse:Se mi fa'una bella partenza le permetto di fare inversione di marcia qui.Non me lo feci dire due volte.Fermarono il traffico nei due sensi di marcia,eravamo in una ampia semicurva a riga continua,Ringraziai e salendo a bordo stile 24 ore di Lemans,prima marcia e grande sgommata a terra e il 12 cilindri ci fece tutti contenti.
Feci con questa automobile quasi 80.000km per poi venderla ad un noto pittore Italiano tutt'ora vivente Sandro Chia un artista famoso nella transavanguardia il quale quando combinammo l'auto mi propose un Suo quadro in permuta,che io rifiutai in cambio del vil denaro.
Ebbi occasione di rivederlo di li a qualche anno ad una Sua mostra di opere a Modena,mi venne incontro salutandomi,e ridendo mi disse che le Sue opere erano entrate nel museo di arte moderna a New York e costavano dieci volte tanto.Sorrisi per sola educazione,ma .........
Oggi questa auto e'ancora con il Pittore che dopo essersi sposato con Marella Agnelli recentemente passata a miglio vita,si stabili nella zona del Brunello di Montalcino diventando uno dei piu ricercati produttori di quel vino.
Una visita nella azienda vinicola mi fece rivedere il 365,provando un po'di nostalgia.




And the English translation via Google:

Last night Rai TV 1 broadcast a tourist program on Puglia.
Reviewing those places reminded me of a pleasant journey with my wife Nicoletta on the occasion of a wedding party for a couple of Amici, precisely Vanda and Nicola Capano.
It was 1967, I believe, the month of October. In the Cathedral of Trani these friends of ours were celebrating their union.
At the end of the ceremony, besides the relatives and friends waiting for the bride and groom, a large group of Carabinieri in Alta Uniform for the occasion with their sabers built an arch under which the newly married Spouses passed. Everything happened at dusk, while the the sun set and the Adriatic Sea behind the Romanesque Cathedral was the setting for a fairytale script.
For the occasion we made the trip with a comfortable 365 gt4 2 + 2 silver color. The car was signaled to me for the occasion by the Commendatore. It had been purchased by a personal friend of his, Count Franco Grandi of Modena who almost always he was in Brazil for work and never used that car. The car, given the particular friendship of the owner with Enzo Ferrari, was kept together with the Commendatore's personal cars in via Trento Trieste at the Ferrari headquarters.
And it was right there that the good Florini let me see and try it.
It was certainly a good opportunity, I fell in love with it, and the deal was concluded.
The journey was pleasant except for an almost ritual grumbling of my wife for a step too fast. In the Umbrian forest, I took risks, almost to quarrel, but the journey then went for the best.
During the various excursions that we managed to do on that occasion, I realized that in Bari I realized I had the wrong road. On the ring road I stopped at a patrol of the traffic police. I was told that I would have to go back, but for a long stretch it was not possible to make an inversion. And here it happened that the chief patrol sensitive to the Cavallino brand, said to me: If you make me a good start, I allow you to turn around here. I didn't let you say it twice. They stopped the traffic in the two directions, we were in a wide semicurve with a continuous line, I thanked them and climbing on the 24-hour style of Lemans, first gear and big skid on the ground and the 12 cylinders made us all happy.
With this car I made almost 80,000km and then sold it to a well-known Italian painter who is still alive. Sandro Chia, a famous artist in the transavantgarde who, when we combined the car, offered me a picture in exchange, which I refused in exchange for the vile money.
I had the opportunity to see him again in a few years at an exhibition of his works in Modena, he came to greet me, and laughingly told me that his works had entered the museum of modern art in New York and cost ten times as much. education, but .........
Today this car is still with the Painter, who after marrying Marella Agnelli recently moved to life, settles in the Brunello di Montalcino area, becoming one of the most sought after producers of that wine.
A visit to the winery made me revisit the 365, feeling a bit of nostalgia.


For those interested regarding the mentioned painter:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandro_Chia





Thursday, 15 August 2019

Barnfind : Ferrari 400 GT Banham

This one was posted on FB by Autotrader in the UK:



The actual advert: https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201908040789211


Heaunique are proud to bring to sale a true very rare barn find,, , we pulled this car from a barn in Cheshire and it started first time! after being sat for 10 plus years., , paint and body in excellent condition along with the convertible hood and Pop out panel., , This is the Ferrari 400GT matching numbers 1 of 17 in the world Banham conversions- v12 engine and basically the next best thing to having a Daytona as they share the same engine!, , this car has a massive history file and was once owned by Paul bantam himself, we have only pulled this vehicle from the barn, done a fuil service on the vehicle and light soapy wash to remove the majority of the cobwebs., , exterior is rosso red with Cream crema interior and and a fully automatic gearbox., , this car started first time but is ideal light rests project for someone who wants the rarest of the rare in the ferrari world., , this car has covered a mere 50k miles in its lifetime and is a true original piece of ferrari history., , Viewing by appointment only in Cheshire, finance available and fully HPI clear, , this car will come with a fresh MOT aswell. PX WELCOME., , CAR IS POA , 12 months MOT, Last serviced on 04/08/2019 at 50,000 miles, Full service history, Good bodywork, Interior - Good Condition, Tyre condition Good, £1,000,000








https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banham_Conversions

Found this advert which ended 53 days ago and it was listed for 26k GBP

https://www.gumtree.com/p/ferrari/ferrari-400-banham-/1344039414

Curious to see where this one pops up next, quite an unique car and nicely converted by Banham, although I have never seen it in real.

And yes, this one-off is also available as a scale model. See yesterdays blog.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Ferrari 412 / 400i Pavesi convertible scale model + MANY MORE!

When I visited Otto's place and saw his scale model collection I spotted this unusual Ferrari 412 convertible by Pavesi model:


That model is based on the following:

https://erwin400.blogspot.com/2017/09/rivista-starter-1985-anno-2-no-26.html


And somehow I never spotted this scale model before. So when I checked today I found it:

https://www.looksmartmodels.com/product/ferrrai-412-i-cabriolet-pavesi-1985/

It's sold out however


Despite it's listed as a 412 (both magazine & scale model) it is a 400i nevertheless. Typical that even this one-off is available as a scale model.


Update 15-8-2019: For those interested in the scale model list and the brands:
412  
2.           Ferrari 400i Banham open roof ’79 Contact           

   
2.           Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2  1973       Hot Wheels           

  
3.           Ferrari 400i Limo Maridikian ‘85 ABC       

              
           
4.           Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Felber Michelotti ’77 ABC     

5.           Ferrari Prototipo Scaglietti ’87       ABC                  


6.           Ferrari Pinin Quattroporte ’80        ABC   

              
7.           Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Targa Fly Studio ’75 ABC       

  
8.           Ferrari 365 2+2 Croisette (Custom hand built) ’75   


9.           Ferrari 400i Meera Michelotti ‘83      Hostaro          



10.         Ferrari 400i Cabriolet  1979           AMR           

       
11.         Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 Fly Studio Roof Closed ’75 BBR    


12.         Ferrari 400 GT            1977          Heco    

           

       
13.         Ferrari 400i                 1985          Heco             

        
14.         Ferrari 412 Cabriolet   1985        Carbone  

                 
15.         Ferrari 412                  1986          BBR                      


16.         Ferrari 412 Pick up Custom ’86  Off Hot Wheels    


17.         Ferrari 400i Pavesi Cabrio ’85    Looksmart               


Ferrari 400i Jankel Limo 1980   MOG Models   



Ferrari 400HP GTi  Looksmart  (built on 400 chassis originally - as a one off)



Of course, there are several different manufacturers for the different models. On the sidebar there is a section called "Blog Labels", there is a group labelled "scalemodel" that covers all blog related matters to this topic.