Lot 326 - 1981 Ferrari 400i GT

Lot 326 - 1981 Ferrari 400i GT

Lot 326 - 1981 Ferrari 400i GT

Lot Number 326
Registration KOU637X
Chassis Number 2FFFB07C00036885
Engine Number 062B01
Odometer reading 83,312 miles
Estimate £7,000 - £10,000
Result Sold - £9,240

Pininfarina was the genius behind this front-engined masterpiece. The design was derived from the almost identical looking 365 GT4 2+2 (which itself was based on the famous Daytona). Production began in 1976, when Ferrari revealed its first car fitted with an automatic transmission, the 400, at the Paris Motor show of 1976. The GT version however took advantage of a five speed all synchromesh transmission. Although the incorporation of an automatic transmission, and U.S. emissions compliance, indicate it may have been designed for the Americans market, no version of the 400 series was ever officially imported to the USA. Despite this, many have been brought to American as gray imports, where the car enjoyed a limited popularity with movie stars, such as Sammy Davis Jr. The interior was lavishly appointed with rich leather, fine wood and higher end carpet. The injection version followed with Bosch K-Jetronic s under the bonnet and combined with a manual gearbox made for excellent long distance touring. Today, its sleek, Pininfarina-designed lines and relatively limited production numbers certainly give it classic status.

Owned for the last four years by the vendor, this model was acquired through part exchange from the TT Workshops, long standing and fastidious professionals in the world of automotive restoration. It has since had four new tyres, a new clutch and a new stainless steel exhaust system fitted.  Presented in Blue Scuro with a contrasting tan leather interior as well as a UK registration document and a 12 month MoT test certificate, this elegant Pininfarina designed Ferrari is one of a limited number produced with just 32 righthand drive, fuel injected, manuals ever made.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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