Lot 176 - 1982 Ferrari 400i

Lot 176 - 1982 Ferrari 400i

Lot 176 - 1982 Ferrari 400i

Lot Number 176
Registration WXI 2250
Chassis Number 40871
Engine Number F1016011-00606
Odometer reading 52,336 miles
Estimate £24,000 - £28,000
Result Sold - £28,000

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 America as grey 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 under the bonnet. Today its sleek Pininfarina-designed lines and relatively limited production numbers certainly give it classic status.

Originally registered on 12th May 1982, this Ferrari has only had four keepers in its 34 years on the road. Purchased by the current owner in 1994, this Ferrari is without doubt a handsome car and one that has been well looked after. The blue paintwork has been 'refreshed' in places although to a good standard and finish, the beige leather trim has a delightful patina. The vendor has ensured this Ferrari is stored correctly when not in use and, after many years in his possession, has decided the time has come for this 400i to find a new home. Sadly some of the paperwork has been misplaced however she is supplied with a V5C registration document, a full years' MoT test certificate and invoices covering the last four years. In recent years, the 400 series Ferrari's have increased in value as the market realises what an underrated car this is. 

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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