Tuesday 12 December 2023

Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 Fly Studio Modena

I had already this available on my blog:




And now I obtained this magazine article from 8-1976. The magazine name is unknown to me.

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Fly Studio srl
Modena, 1975 – 1980

In 1975 Giacomo Caliri and Luigi Marmiroli left Ferrari with the blessing of Il Commendatore, to establish Fly Studio. The idea was to carry out advanced research in engineering and mechanics, but also to make prototypes and experimental cars for Ferrari itself, which by then was too big to manage all these activities in-house. One of the first tasks was to convert a Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 with an unusual „T-roof“, for Etienne Aigner, a wealthy customer in the fashion world.
Later they worked mainly on racing cars, designing the first Minardi Formula 2 and the Formula 1 Fittipaldi F5A and ATS D2.

Friday 8 December 2023

Auction - Sotheby Paris - 1975 Ferrari 400i Prototipo

This auction is coming up in Paris January 2024:


And it's a very interesting car as it started off as a 365GT4 2+2 and consequently got upgraded to a 400 and a 400i being a test car. See also this blog:


Somehow I suspect it's the same car as mentioned in this blog:

It has this particular chip/scratch on the corner of the frontbumper. The color is the same as well. Likely they uplifted the headlights and side mirror. And this car has these strange wheels. It's very likely their test car.

Monday 4 December 2023

Forza issue 164 April 2018 : Pace and Grace - 456 vs 400 vs 612

Somehow I must have missed out this edition. Luckily I found this online edition:

They’re not for everyone, but Ferrari’s 2+2s are fast, spacious, and comfortable.


Sunday 3 December 2023

Onschatbare Klassieker yearbook 2024 - price index

 I have purchased the yearbook again as it has been a while:

And this years price index for our vehicles:

And a small comparisson table with the previous yearbooks I have. You will see that over the past decade there hardly has been any movement. The book does not make a distinction between manuals and automatics which in practice makes a difference as well. According to the index these prices are based on asking prices of classic car companies, auctions and asking prices of adverts in car magazines. A = Concours condition, B= Very good to excellent condition.

                          2024                    2020                         2017                   2013
                          A           B            A          B                  A            B          A            B    
Ferrari 365: 100.000 - 75.000   100.000 - 75.000  100.000 - 75.000   85.000 - 60.000
Ferrari 400:  85.000  - 60.000   85.000  - 60.000   85.000   - 60.000   55.000 - 42.000
Ferrari 400i: 75.000  - 50.000   70.000 - 50.000    70.000   - 50.000   65.000 - 47.000
Ferrari 412:  90.000  - 80.000   57.000 -  35.000   57.000   - 35.000   75.000 - 42.000

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Sally Thomsett actress

Just for the records


In this print from April 1989, we see the talented actress Sally Thomsett, renowned for her role in the hit TV series "Man About the House. " The image captures her timeless beauty and undeniable charisma as she effortlessly steals the spotlight. Dressed in a sleek catsuit that perfectly accentuates her figure, Sally exudes confidence and elegance. The backdrop of this photograph showcases a stunning landscape, adding depth to the overall composition. As she gracefully reclines on what appears to be a vintage Ferrari, it's clear that Sally is no stranger to luxury. Her choice of accessories further enhances her glamorous persona - donning stylish sunglasses that shield her eyes from prying paparazzi lenses. This snapshot encapsulates an era when actresses like Sally Thomsett were revered for their talent and style. It serves as a reminder of the golden age of entertainment in the 1980s when iconic figures graced both our screens and magazine covers. As we gaze upon this mesmerizing image, we are transported back in time to witness not only Sally Thomsett's incredible acting prowess but also her ability to captivate audiences with just one glance. This print is truly a testament to both her enduring legacy and the artistry behind photography itself.

Monday 27 November 2023

BAT : 1986 Ferrari 412


This Ferrari 412’s earliest owner was also from New York.

The legendary Restaurateur Warner LeRoy.

LeRoy was a larger than life cultural icon who owned so many New York institutions like Tavern On The Green and The Russian Tea Room. I can only imagine what this car saw in the 80’s. The NY Times did a full story on him upon his passing.

Thursday 23 November 2023

Niki Lauda and Edith Schmid in Munich, 1974 - Ferrari 365GT4 2+2

Munich, Bavaria, Germany The Austrian racing driver Niki Lauda (2nd from left) celebrates in the trendy "Why Not" club in Munich. Edith Schmid (3rd from the left), the landlady of "Why Not", is also present.

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Thursday 9 November 2023

Weber Carburettor cornet / air horn - mesh filters

One of the blog readers removed the airbox filter housing and installed these mesh filters instead



It gives the engine a more sporty/racy look:

And this is how it sounds, how cool is that:

Thursday 19 October 2023

Ferrari 400i manual 1982 press photo - Pininfarina

 This photo was sold via Ebay. By the looks of it a press photo for Pininfarina

On the back this specific address was provided:

Industrie Pininfarina SpA - Casella portale 295 - 10100 Torino :

Further checking revealed this website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/interpretations/aiam0721
With the following excerpt:

"Mr. Leonardo Fioravanti, S.p.A. Carrozzeria Pininfarina, Casella Postale N. 295, 10100 Torino, Italy; Mr. Leonardo Fioravanti

S.p.A. Carrozzeria Pininfarina
Casella Postale N. 295
10100 Torino

Dear Mr. Fioravanti: Thank you for your letter of May 25, 1972, inquiring about th applicability of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 205, and FMVSS No. 302, to the rear windows of convertible cars.; In FMVSS No. 302, the convertible top is not intended to refer to th rear window, but has reference only to the overhead material. Flammability of the transparent glazing material is regulated by FMVSS No. 205.; Sincerely, Robert L. Carter, Associate Administrator, Motor Vehicl Programs"