Lot 143 - 1981 Ferrari 400i 2+2 Coupé
|Odometer reading||35,265 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £20,160|
These magnificent twelve-cylinder Ferraris have enjoyed cult status for some years now and the angular Pininfarina design was the motivating factor behind this front engined masterpiece. The design was derived from the almost identical looking 365 GT4 2+2 which, itself, was based on the legendary Daytona. Production began in 1976 when Ferrari revealed its first car fitted with an automatic transmission, the 400, at the Paris Motorshow of 1976. The gearbox was a three-speed Borg Warner unit from the General Motors parts bin, reliable and certainly able to take the prodigious amount of power available. The injection version followed with Bosch K-Jetronics under the bonnet. The interior was lavishly appointed with rich leather, fine wood and high-end carpet and, together with the long-legged gearing and engine, made for excellent long distance touring. Today, its sleek lines and relatively limited production numbers have made good examples very collectable commodities.
This very original, rust free, left hand drive 1981 Ferrari 400i 2+2 Coupé was supplied new with the automatic transmission to the USA where it remained until being imported to the UK in 2016 and put into a private collection. Since arriving here, the car has had a full service and the interior re-connolized. Finished in black with beige leather interior, this Ferrari 400i is supplied with a V5C registration document and a MoT test certificate which expires in February 2019. The Ferrari 400i is the ultimate continental cruiser of its time, the Ferrari badge with a level of luxury and comfort that could only be found in the very top British marques of the time.
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