Monday 30 December 2019

Mafia staff car : Tommaso Buscetta - Ferrari 412

As pointed out by the Wiki, there are two movies about him:

He was portrayed by Pierfrancesco Favino in the 2019 film The Traitor, directed by Marco Bellocchio and selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Also released in 2019, Our Godfather is a documentary by Mark Franchetti and Andrew Meier which includes onscreen testimony by Buscetta's third wife and surviving children "who still live in anonymity because of fear of reprisal" according to one review.[36]

Currently "Our Godfather" is running on Netflix and does provide this specific photo. I'm unsure if it was his car though ...

Sunday 29 December 2019

for sale : Pete Townshend Ferrari 400i convertible by E.G. Autokraft

This 1980 Ferrari 400i was ordered through H.R. Owen Ferrari of London by Pete Townshend of The Who. It was his personal car and is currently offered from a long-time New York collection. H.R. Owen had the car sent to E.G. Autokraft when new, as Townshend wanted a convertible 400i. The car still wears the original striking colors of Blu Ribot over Crema, all power accessories including the top and quarter windows work perfectly. A great driver, this car presents very nicely. Recent thorough service documentation available along with period photos of the car during Pete Townshend's ownership.

Thursday 19 December 2019

Ni Hao Ferrari 400

Not sure how important this post will be but my radar caught this Chinese update on the official Ferrari website for the 400 section:

Not sure if it was already available in Chinese or if this now has been added or updated. So adding this just for the records.

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Ferrari 400i Clutch / Gearbox / Rear Axle documentation update - Workshop manual Section E

One of the readers remarked that section E was missing in the 400i workshop manual:

Something I was not aware off. As I have the workshop manual I made a digital scan of this specific section and added it as a separate supplement to the archive:

Saturday 14 December 2019

Auction : Ferrari 365GT4 2+2

Spotted this one on an auction in the Netherlands, just adding it for the records:

Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 1973
Estimate: € 95.000-105.000,-
Datum eerste toelating: 30-06-1973
Datum eerste toelating NL: 18-02-1997
Brandstof: Benzine
Kenteken: RF-LZ-47
Registratie: Nederlandse documenten
Chassisnummer: F101AL*17155*
Cilinderinhoud: 12 cilinders, 4.390 cc
Transmissie: Handgeschakeld
Afgelezen km. stand: 36978 Km
Kleur: Rood
Rijdende conditie: Ja

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Ferrari 400i Straman convertible with Chevy engine

I guess this is an older advert which only hit my attention now. It's sold already. So placing it here just for the records. Also for engine swaps there is a label on the right side of this blog.

This 1982 Ferrari 400i Straman Convertible 2dr 400i Straman Convertible features a 5.7L 8cyl Gasoline engine. It is equipped with a 4 Speed Automatic transmission. The vehicle is Black with a Black Leather interior. - SOLD: 1982 FERRARI 400i STRAMAN CONVERTIBLE BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED RARE EDITION Expert Restoration Work Completed By Los Angeles Based Ferrari Specialist Over $100,000 Spent On Restoration Restoration Included: Undercarriage & Suspension Completely Rebuilt All New Shocks Powder Coating of Undercarriage Installation of $5,000 Stainless Steel Exhaust System Custom Ferrari Wheels New Tires Full New Leather Seats New Dash Leather Wood Accents Restored New Carpets New Ferrari Canvas Top & New Tondue Cover Installation of Superior Sound System Installation of Info System Including: Back Up Camera, Navigation Blue Tooth Engine Out Restoration Of Engine Compartment Installation of Corvette 5.7L Fuel Injected Engine with Matching 4 Speed Automatic Corvette Transmission Aircraft Tubing & Hosing Used In Engine Compartment Wires Replaced As Needed New Radiator With All New Hoses New Alternator Power Steering and Pumps Rebuilt Brakes Redone New Battery All Installations Completed By Master Mechanic Runs & Drives Better Than any 400i To Be Found Over $100,000 Spent On Restoration Due To Smog Restrictions - Not For Retail Sale in California Contact Us For More Information call us E: JLyons@SportsCarCompany Text: VIN # F101CL38875 - Contact Jim Lyons or for more information. - Contact SportsCarCompany: -

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Ferrari 250 GTO - Ferrari 400i Speciale de 1969

Another "kitcar" based on the 400. On the sidebar of this blog there is label "kitcar" which will show other constructions whereby the 400 is used as donor.

Update 14-10-2020: 

Monday 25 November 2019

Ferrari 400i - President Haiti : Jean-Claude Duvalier

On FChat someone discovered the first owner of his 400i (#31725):

"after repeated inquiries in Maranello i find out that my car was purchased directly from the factory by none other than “Sua Altezza il Presidente a vita di Haiti” (His Highness the President for Life of Haiti), which would be notorious dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier...
that explains why there was no trace of the car in europe for the first 6 years (1980-86), until it reappeared in Miami in 1986 (after Duvalier's ouster)...
no wonder there were some rather creative repairs in the engine compartment..."

Some further insight regarding this president can be read here:

Apparently Jean-Claude Duvalier also owned 365 GT4 2+2 #17143

On Pinterest I found this photo with the comment it belonged to Jean-Claude Duvalier

Sunday 24 November 2019

FCN - 1983 and 1985 meeting photo's

I was just browsing on the Dutch Ferrari register website:

due to this nice photo posted on Facebook:

FCN 1985 Rallye:

And then my eye noticed this great photo:

1983-09 FCN 1ste internationale Zandvoort meeting  - foto Martin Roest

(Click to enlarge):

Saturday 23 November 2019

Art : Ferrari 400i

My radar caught this one today. I thought I had seen it before and figured I had it posted on my blog already, but I couldn't find it. So mabye I'm wrong. I coulnd't find this print either on their website?
In any case, here it is and labelled accordingly:

Ferrari 400i - autosFINEART No. 65c, Andreas Ritter

Thursday 21 November 2019

2019 FCA Palm Beach Concorso Ferrari Show - Ferrari 400i

One of the Ferrarichat members showed up on this event with his white Ferrari 400i and had to compete against many others. But he managed to achieve a special recognition. Well done Gary!

Monday 18 November 2019

Jolly Automoveis / Gancia - Brasil - Ferrari line up

When doing some research I bumped into this unique photo with a 365GT4 2+2 humble in the background. It was posted by a relative of the Gancia family:

From this I learned that Jolly Automóveis was founded in 1966 and became the importer for Brazil of Alfa Romeo and then of Lamborghini and in 1970 of Ferrari.

Jolly Gancia (Racing team) mechanical knowhow and procedures was entrusted to Giuseppe Perego and Manolo Pazos Torres, here with a panoply of Ferraris imported by Jolly Automóveis. [click to enlarge] :

Not sure when and where this photo was taken.

Perhaps they sold at least a new 365GT4 2+2 to Alcides :

Sunday 17 November 2019

Ouch : Ferrari 400i burned down

Last week in California.... this guy lost his F400 and his Countach in the blaze

Update 22-11-2019: This car is now put up for sale on Ebay:

Update 26-11-2019: And some video footage:

Update 11-12-2019:

Saturday 16 November 2019

TV : BBC Two - Celebrity Antiques - Road Trip - Episode 6 - Ferrari 400i

This episode can only be watched if you're UK based via their iPlayer:  (still 28 days available).

This episode is being broadcasted tomorrow on TV at 13:30 ...

Friday 15 November 2019

If everybody had an ocean - surf's up - Biarritz

Another fantastic contribution by one of the readers. How cool is this!?

Update 10-3-2020: Another nice photograph received

Thursday 14 November 2019

Jay Leno's Garage : Ferrari 365GT4 2+2

Today a very cool post in the Facebook group:

"What great morning today here in Los Angeles..A cup of good coffee and getting hang around with Jay Leno and Donald Osborne. They used my #17429 for their latest show. Two really wonderful guys.."

By the looks of it we can expect an upcoming Youtube video on Jay Leno's Garage starring a
Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 :

Just like anyone else, I can't wait for it to be presented ...

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Saturday 9 November 2019

Magazine : Forza - Living with a classic 2+2 Ferrari 400i

Yes, a new magazine article added to the archive. And a very nice one. Thanks for sharing Ken. Now available in the download folder. 

I welcome any contribution. See also my blog about available and wanted articles:

Thursday 7 November 2019

Auction : 2 Rechnungen der Garage Francorchamps über Ferrari 400i von 1983

For those interested:

FERRARILot: 5682 Rechnungen der Garage Francorchamps über Ferrari 400i von 1983Chassisnummer: 46149 und 46153Zustand: 1-2Limit: € 70,00

Saturday 2 November 2019

Ferrari 400 Club meeting at the Louwman museum in the Netherlands

This weekend the European Ferrari 400 Club ( had organized their last event/trip for this year. And today they visited the Louwman museum in the Hague  ( If you ever have the opportunity you must visit it, it's worth it.

So this morning I had to pick up the 400 at another location and yes, I still have my Lancia Kappa Coupe, which is my daily driver. Check out the wicked blue teinted windows (Solextra). 

Next, no surprise, I had to fill it up, V-Power only

And the weather was crap; windy and rainy.

Luckily the weather improved and it even became slightly sunny. I had arranged a meet up with one of the guys who joined the IHWC trips in another car. He fancied to drive the 400 and so it happened.

We arrived first on the scene

And shortly afterwards all the others joined in. According to the club:


6 cars, 6 different colors, 3 nations, 2 convertibles from various coachbuilders / BENELUX EVENT / @louwmanmuseum #ferrari #ferrari365 #ferrari400 #ferrari400i #ferrari412#pininfarina #leonardofioravanti #cardesign

One of the cars had this unusual color combo (exterior/interior)

After a joined lunch we got a guided tour and spend the time till the closure of the museum at five o'clock. 

Luckily it was not raining when driving back home so I could park the car dry in the garage. I guess this was the last trip for this year. I again enjoyed the smooth ride of the 400, it's such a pleasure to drive this car. My friend kept saying how impressive the sound is (and the smell of the car). I have to admit, it's very addictive.