For Sale: 1985 Ferrari 400I in Saint Louis, Missouri

Vehicle Description

The tradition of the four-seat Ferrari took shape in 1960 with the introduction of the 250 GTE, which holds the distinction of the first serial production Ferrari with four seats. It was an immediate success, proving there was sufficient demand among Ferrari buyers for a practical and luxurious Grand Tourer. Ferrari sold nearly 1,000 GTEs, making it the most successful model to that point in the marque's history. The commercial success of the GTE further elevated Ferrari's standing as a legitimate road car manufacturer and secured the company's future for years to come. With that success in mind, Ferrari wasted little time developing a suitable follow-up. After the GTE came the 330 GT 2+2, then the 365 GT 2+2 "Queen Mother," further cementing Ferrari's standing in the luxury GT market. When the final 365 2+2 rolled out of Maranello in 1971, the classic 60s styling showed its age. The new Daytona ushered in a new era for Ferrari design language, with sharply defined lines replacing soft, flowing curves. In 1972, Ferrari unveiled its latest front-engine four-seat V12 GT car - the 365 GT4 2+2. The masters at Pininfarina, under the guidance of Leonardo Fioravanti, penned the GT4's understated body with its elegant details and just a hint of the performance potential - like a boxer in a finely-tailored Italian suit. The chassis was also shared with the GTC/4, with fully independent suspension and self-leveling Koni dampers in the rear, but was stretched to accommodate two rear seats. The 4.4-liter V12 also shared with the GTC/4, allowed for its distinct low-profile bonnet line while delivering ample thrust to propel the car beyond 150 miles per hour. The GT4 2+2 became the 400 in 1976, with lightly freshened styling and a bump in displacement to 4.9-liters. Then came the 400i with the addition of Bosch electronic fuel injection for improved refinement and drivability. An optional GM-sourced TH400 automatic transmission marked the first time Ferrari buyers could have self-selecting gears. The 400 series saw steady sales throughout the 1980s until the final iteration, the 412, arrived in 1986. Produced from 1972 to 1989, it was the longest-running series in Ferrari history, and it carried the torch for the traditional front-engine V12 long after the rest of the line went to mid-engine designs. This 1985 400i is a rare and desirable 5-speed manual-equipped example of Ferrari's elegant businessman's express, presented in well-preserved original condition and showing just 12,000 miles from new. Finished in black over a beige leather interior, it exhibits consistent, factory-quality paintwork and rides on original 5-spoke alloy wheels fitted with new and correct Michelin TRX tires - the original date-coded TRX tires are available to the next owner. It is desirably equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox, fuel injection, and front/rear air conditioning and has been in the care of one long-term owner since approximately 1987. Inside, occupants are met with swaths of beige leather covering the seats, console, dash, door panels, and headlining. The leather is original throughout the cabin and in excellent order, showing just a light patina from age but remaining supple, with no shrinking evident on the dash or parcel shelf. Carpets are likewise in good order, with some light discoloration in places but otherwise tidy and well-kept. The original switchgear is excellent, as are the instruments and controls. This car retains its original owner's manual and a rarely seen factory tool bag/first aid kit housed in the spare wheel. Thanks to the low mileage, it remains in very good mechanical condition. It benefits from recent sorting following a period of storage, with work including fresh fluids and filters, proper new TRX tires, and the factory A/C being converted to R134 refrigerant. The original ANSA exhaust remains in place, and the undercarriage is generally tidy, honest, and appropriately detailed for a low-mileage original car. Well-preserved examples of the 400i are rare, and of the 1305 built, just 422 feature the 5-speed manual gearbox. Collectors have finally started to take notice of these handsome and competent GT cars and the 400i is one of the best values in the world of front-engine V12 Ferraris. This excellent and desirable example is sure to bring miles of motoring pleasure to its next custodian. Offers welcome and trades considered For additional details please view this listing directly on our website

Vehicle Details

  • 1985 Ferrari 400I
  • Listing ID: CC-1637056
  • Price: $89,500
  • Location:Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1985
  • Make:Ferrari
  • Model:400I
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:7267
  • VIN:ZFFEB07B000054913
Listed By:
Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars
2310 Chaffee Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146

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