Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Dutch registered Ferrari 365/400/412 registered per 1 sept 2015

This Dutch Ferrari overview came to my attention, so we have 71 x 365/400/412 registered on Dutch license plates. Thought it were a few more as per other register:

But of course over time a lot have been traded and exported. I also would have expected a higher number of total Ferrari's in the Netherlands.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Auction : 1976 Ferrari 365 Barchetta Daddario based on a Ferrari 365GT4 2+2


Estimate: £250,000 - £300,000
Registration Number: EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number: 19235
With the intention of competing in the worldwide luxury car market, Ferrari introduced the totally new 365 GT 2+2 at the Paris Salon in October 1967. It bore a strong resemblance to both the 330 GTC Special built for Belgium's Princess de Rethy and to the famous 500 Superfast. The car was a technical triumph. It was the first 2+2 Ferrari to have four wheel independent suspensions, which also featured a hydro-pneumatic self levelling system. Power steering and air conditioning were standard, whilst excellent insulation from noise and vibration was achieved by stabilizing the engine, gearbox and rear axle casing in one unit and mounting it all at four points on special rubber bushes.
The engine itself was the new Type 245, with a displacement of 4.4 litres, single overhead camshafts and three Weber carburetors, producing 320 bhp at 6,600 RPM. The car was indeed no slouch - with a top speed of 152 MPH, it could achieve 0-60 m.p.h. and 0-120 m.p.h. times of 7.2 seconds and 26.2 seconds respectively.
This special 365 Ferrari baring the chassis number 19235, was originally a 365 GT4 2+2 and it was purchased in 1976 by Mrs. Nadia Proietti. Later, in 1979, Mr. Ercole Torrenti, an entrepreneur film maker in Rome, became the new owner of the car until 1989.
In the early 80s Mr. Torrenti decided to re-body his Ferrari 365, with the intent to make it unique and special. He entrusted the bodywork to be carried out by Daddario brothers in Turin, a small body shop (part of the register of manufacturers) who allegedly made sport prototypes and above all they supported the most famous coachbuilders in Turin such as Boano, Pinninfarina, Vignale and Moretti.
Daddario brothers were inspired by the most famous Ferrari sports racing cars of the 1950s. The car was then completely disassembled and re-bodied and became the car you see today - a Ferrari Barchetta with 12-cylinder engine and aluminium body, tubular frame with a shorter wheelbase and 2 seats. This transformation took 6000 hours of work!
The car is accompanied with a declaration by Daddario, written in 1989, when Mr. Torrenti sold the car. In this statement Daddario writes:
“The undersigned Oreste Daddario already co-owner of the homonymous body, declare that I have made on behalf of Mr Brooks Hercules of Rome in the early 80s a prototype sports car with an aluminium body, tubular frame with a shorter wheelbase, two-seater car – a Ferrari 365 chassis 19235. the car was completely dismantled and reconditioned maintaining all original mechanics. “
Recently this special 365 Barchetta participated at the Ferrari Meeting in Milan. This car comes with its Italian paperwork and the declaration by Mr. Oreste Daddario who re-bodied the car.
Presented in iconic Italian red with black interior, this is a wonderful and exciting sports car which would be admired on any road anywhere in the world. Exciting styling, wonderful performance, spine tingling engine note and nostalgic to drive – not to be missed.
For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our sales department.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Auto Italia - Ferrari 400 Buyers Guide

A good article and underpinning the gaining interest for this bella donna. Thanks for submitting Frank! It's now available in the download folder.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Ferrari Classiche Ferrari 400

"One wealthy client sent two unloved early Eighties Ferrari 400s in for total restoration, spending three times what they’re worth, just because he likes them"

This quote is taken from this quality article:

I now wonder who that client was. Could it be the owner of the yellow and green one mentioned in the F400 club article:
When doing further checking I found this blog:
That's highlighting the following: "and two Ferrari 400 models undergoing restoration for a Middle Eastern client who just loves the type and wanted Ferrari itself to carry out the work"

So apparently it's someone from the middle east, but whom?
The following blogs shows other 400s at Ferrari Classiche:
As Always, the 400 is politely on the background:


Also the Meera went to Classische


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Ferrari 400i UK NEC Motorshow 1984

According to the RHD 400 archiver there were 4 RHD 400 series 2 produced in prugna with beige interior, all first registered between Jan 1984 and Jan 1985. So we suspect this must be taken in 1984

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Ferrari 400i King Hussain for sale again and again

Remember this one:

Well,it's back for sale again. Only difference is the price tag. It's not a story on it's own. Probably the best way of making more money; not selling it.

Monday, 21 September 2015


And another museum find at  It's a 1979 Ferrari 400I

Paypal donation button & Advertisement button

If you don't ask you don't get. So let's put this in practice. Previously I had Google Blog Adsense enabled to generate a tiny income. As expected this didn't work out and as it was mostly annoying I took it off shortly. Not much later I did put a banner on of a company which I considered cool. It's now removed and allowing room for potential other candidates or companies. If you are interested simply drop me a line and I'm sure we can work something out.

Furthermore I have added a Papal donation option. If you appreciate my efforts somehow I welcome any financial gesture. It will only be spend on 400 material/content which I will share on this blog (most likely old magazines - there are a lot - often the shipping costs are silly).

And as Always, if you have anything else 365/400/412 related to share I welcome your input.

Thanks in Advance,

Erwin 400

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Ferrari’s Automatic Revolution by David McKay

I got my hands on this article taken from the Australian magazine Modern Motor. It’s written by David McKay and judging by the Wiki I think he can be considered an authority:

It’s a time period written article from 1978 and it gives a very interesting insight about some aspects. Mostly is of course about the automatic gearbox usage. But there is also mentioning about new impatient clients picking up their 400 from the factory. Apparently there was a huge demand for the 400 automatic, more then was anticipated by Ferrari themselves. As known; about 75% was delivered with an automatic (for RHD 400’s it was even 80%).

Personally I would be very interested to get in touch with the first time buyers of a new Ferrari 400 (read 365/400/412). Especially to hear about their motivations why they particular choose a 400 and their preference for automatic or manual. And of course as well to hear about how they experienced the car and for which purpose it was used, ie family/leisure/business/collection.

If you happen to be a 1st time buyer of a new Ferrari 400 or know someone who was (ask the questions on my behalf) then I’m interested in hearing from you. Needless to say it will be treated confidential. My email address can be found at the bottom of the blog (about me). Or go directly here

Just coming back to the automatic gearbox. I did wrote about it previously, see blog:
It’s more or less a match of what’s written in this article. I’m not saying the automatic is better than manual but surely it deserves more recognition. I fully agree with the statement of the author that the manual is the nicest option on the open roads. However todays roads tends to be fairly crowded or else protected with speed limiting obstacles. Furthermore the 400 is not exactly an agile car or a race car so in my opinion the automatic usage suites the car nicely on most occasions. In the end it clearly is a personal preference. Happy driving everyone!
Enjoy the article, it's now available in the download folder or click here:

Friday, 18 September 2015

Magazine Auto Retro - Sept 2015 - Numero 400

This French car magazine is a special 400th edition. As such the Ferrari 400 couldn't be missed out.
The presented car is a real nice one with a great interior. Personally I don't mind the patina, it gives the car more character. My compliments to the owner. It's now available in the download folder.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

1984 Ferrari 400i in the Isle of Man Motor Museum at Jurby

And another museum piece. On the right side hand you will find a blog label musea if you want to see more.

Monday, 14 September 2015

The road to @goodwoodrevival 2015 - in a Ferrari 412 FTW

I did happen to be at Goodwood last weekend. In fact I was the entire week in the UK, hence my blog wasn't updated for a while. Remarkably I did spot this 412. I was informed this car was sold at an auction early last year. Lucky current UK owner as prices were (and still are) very low for RHD 400's. It's an automatic version for those interested.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Stolen in Aken / Aachen (Germany) Ferrari 412

According to this Dutch blog a 412 was stolen 2 weekends ago. Apparently quite a few classic cars have been framed lately from this German area around Aachen. I wouldn't expect the 412 to be an interesting car to steal and sell. In any case, you have been hereby warned.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 - Style Auto Architettura della carrozzeria 32

Recently I purchased a batch of the famous magazine Style Auto Architettura della carrozeria (17-35). What an incredible cool magazine. I now will go ahead and try to make it complete. The following edition did contain a small item about the released 365GT4 2+2. Unfortunately not a special and using the known pictures. It did contain a fold out picture as well but I left that one out.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Accelerating Ferrari's driving onto the highway - Ferrari 400 Cameo

On  FB someone posted today a small video about accelerating Ferrari's driving onto the highway. I had no idea about the background. To my surprise I noticed after 8 seconds a 400 passing by on the highway. Cool I thought, 2 milliseconds I figured it was me :-)  It was an older video taken in 2014 on my way to TT Assen, see blog:

Further checking revealed the entire video was available on YouTube. Hereby enclosed. At 0:49 you can see the 400 in action loaded with 4 people: