The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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1980 Ferrari 400i

Lot No.: 749

Registration: XIJ 400
Chassis Number: 32017
Engine Number: 32017
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 4823
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Estimate (£): 22,000 - 25,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

Launched in 1972, the Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 was originally fitted with Ferrari's fabulous 4.4 litre V12 with 6 Weber carburettors producing 340bhp mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. In 1976, the 365 was replaced by the 400 Series, powered by an enlarged 4.8 litres, V12 which was now available with the option of a Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic gearbox. In 1979, the Webers were replaced with Bosch 'K' Fuel Injection and power dropped slightly to 305 bhp, however, some three years later, re-profiled camshafts restored around 5bhp, bringing the output up to 310bhp.

This UK right-hand drive Ferrari 400i was supplied new through Coopers of Leicester to a Mr Page on 20th August 1980. Finished in Grey Metallic with a blue leather interior, the car is an automatic, making it one of only 152 UK-supplied cars in this configuration. Over the years and up to 62,876 miles the car has been maintained by Coopers, Graypaul, Modena, and Maranello Concessionaires.

The paintwork is in good condition for a car of this age, and the body shows no signs of rust. The interior is much the same, with the leather seats remaining rip-free and the headlining presenting well. The wood on the centre console looks sharp and the original Philips 'Turnolock' radio is still present. The Bosch K-Jetronic injection has been refurbished by a Bosch specialist and at the same time service items completed. To enhance the engine appearance, the cam covers were removed and repainted.

Supplied with UK V5c, its original bookpack containing the handbook and the original service book, this 400i is now showing 75,145 miles on the odometer and presents a good opportunity to purchase a fairly rare home-market Ferrari at a realistic guide price.