Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Baillon Collection - Ferrari 400 - Retromobile Paris 2015

If you are a bit into classic cars it was almost impossible to have missed out the news regarding the French barnfind car collection last year. If you missed it somehow just read one of the articles:

Perhaps better known as the Baillon collection. Part of the unique collection is a Ferrari 400. The entire collection is now up for sale via an auction that will be held at the Retro Mobile show in Paris. The estimated price for the 400 is a very modest 12k -16k. I will be more then pleased to collect it for a 12k but my gut feel says it will be much higher as the mentioned indicative price.

French registration
Chassis # F101CL23523

- Sound car
- Powerful and comfortable model
- Rare carburetor version with manual gearbox
- No reserve

By signing in 1972 the design of the Ferrari 365 GT/4, which was to become the Ferrari 400, Pininfarina showed his talent: the line was simple, elegant, timeless and perfectly reflected the high status of this luxury sports car. From the 365 GT 4 to the 412, this model had an exceptionally long career, eventually going off the brand's catalogue only in 1989. Its roomy interior, comfortable and in luxuriously finished leather from seat to roof was a pleasure to be in.
The car on offer is rare since the production of the 400 GT in carburetor version and with a manual gearbox was 142 units only. Jacques Baillon was very passionate about Ferrari and this 400 GT was one of his personal cars for more than fifteen years. It is equipped with a radio-cassette system, air conditioning, a telephone panel and an alarm system. Externally, it is quite well preserved in its original condition, though the body has some traces of scratches and impacts. It will need a mechanical overhaul before the car hits the road. Once restored, this car will find again its performance with a max power of 340bhp in a comfortable way. 

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