Ferrari 400 GT

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Pricing : € 95.000,00
  • 1 of only 147 400 GT with manual transmission
  • German delivery
  • Three owners
  • Original mileage of only 24,500 km
  • Restored in 2016-2017 for well over 108,000 Euros
  • Original interior

This Ferrari 400 GT is a special exemplar, as it is one of only 147 ever built cars of this model with a manual transmission and has been with only three owners in Germany for 40 years. One of these examples hardly comes to the market and we are happy to be able to offer it.

The Ferrari 400 GT was presented in 1976 as the successor of the 365 GT4 2+2. As a 12-cylinders front engine Gran Turismo it topped off Ferrari’s portfolio. With a sales price of around 95,000 DM it was relevantly more expensive than a 308 GTB and did also cost more than most of the competitors’ offers like an Aston Martin V8 or a Lamborghini Jarama.

Sergio Pininfarina kept the design to be unobtrusive and elegant with full intention. He called it one if his best designs that fully met the target group’s taste and the spirit of the Seventies. Different from the eye-catching two-seaters, Ferrari wanted to address business people with this four-seater, buyers looking for a decent but still highly powerful Gran Turismo which didn’t give away its immense power at first sight.

Including the predecessor and the successors 400i and 412, the series was being built from 1972 to 1989. So it turned it into one of Ferrari’s series with the longest construction period and the most success, with the high sales price leading to only few exemplars being built.

Compared with its predecessor the 400 GT’s capacity was raised from 4.4 to 4.8 liters with the engine having a performance of 325 PS (235 kW).

The 400 GT is also the last Ferrari V12 with a front engine with a carburetor.

It was the first Ferrari being delivered officially with an automatic transmission. Several sources say that the 400 GT was solely delivered with automatic transmission. In fact, a few of the overall around 500 exemplars of the 400 GT were delivered with the classic five-gear manual gearbox.

In total it was only 147 cars being delivered with this ideal combination of the powerful carburetor engine and the manual gearbox.

Due to the fuel injection, the successor 400i had a lower performance of 310 PS (228 kW). Only the 412i as the last evolution level had a higher performance of 340 PS (250 kW). Automatic transmission was the standard for this model, though, and only when explicitly ordered it was equipped with a manual gearbox.

This exemplar was imported as new by the then general importer Auto Becker and, via a Ferrari dealer from Southern Germany, delivered to a well-known businessman and car collector. As it was possibly re-registered within the family and the company the car has had 3 registered owners when the second owner bought it, but it stayed with the first owner for more than 30 years as part of their large private collection. This is the reason why in all those years the car only covered around 15,000 km.

In 2010, the son of the Ferrari dealer who had delivered the car, had the opportunity to re-purchase the car from the first owner. He decided to have the whole car comprehensively reconditioned in 2010 and 2011. The body was stripped down to bare metal and needed only little work, because of the good original condition. Then the complete chassis was painted new. Instead of the original silver he went for the original Ferrari color lightblue metallic (azzurro metallizzato).

Inside the original and very well-preserved original leather was kept. Only the top of the dashboard and the carpets were replaced.

After enjoying the car for a few year the motor needed an overhaul in 2016 and was completely disassembled and overhauled. The cylinders were honed, the crankshafts and connecting rods revised, the carburetor was reconditioned and the cylinder heads were repaired. The engine was then re-mounted and tuned accurately.

These comprehensive works are well documented by photos, videos and a detailed list of the work and the parts. Overall the works meant an investment of over 108.000€ in labour and parts.

The overhaul of the engine alone accounts for circa 47.000€ and is something basically any car will need after so many decades. On a 12 cylinder Ferrari this is very expensive of course, so this is a major plus for this car as this has been done and the next owner doesn´t have to worry about that.

There are very few Ferrari 400 GT that have been restored with as much effort. The cost of restoration plus a correspondent car were far higher than the actual market value which is the reason why there are so few really good exemplars that have seen so much effort.

This was a very good, low mileage car to begin with and the personal connection to the car and the possibility to have the car professionally restored in the own workshop, let to this really nice example.

The car is available for an inspection by appointment only near our office in 33415 Verl, Germany. We are happy to show you the car and the documents.

Please contact us if you wish to obtain further information.

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