Monterey | Lot 222
1983 Ferrari 400i
$95,200 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
13 August 2021
- Attractively finished in Nero over Nero
- Imported to California when new
- Powered by a 4.8-liter V-12 engine and five-speed manual transmission
- One of just 422 examples so equipped between 1979 and 1985
- Benefits from a comprehensive mechanical servicing in preparation for sale
At the 1976 Paris Auto Salon, Ferrari introduced the new 400 2+2, its replacement for the 365 GT4 2+2. Featuring distinctively angular styling by Pininfarina, the 400 continued to provide luxurious and spacious high-speed transportation for up to four passengers, powered by a front-mounted 4.8-liter V-12 engine with dual overhead camshafts. Precise handling was provided by power steering and a fully independent suspension with self-leveling actuators at the rear. Both a five-speed manual gearbox and a proven GM Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic transmission were available, encouraging broad appeal for the new model. Fuel injection was added in 1979—thereby creating the 400i, and by 1982, Ferrari had also revised the interior upholstery, switchgear, and bodywork to its final form. These post-update examples also received reprofiled camshafts, new headers, and reworked fuel management which together boosted peak performance up to 315 horsepower.
This attractive 1983 example is finished in a handsome monochrome Nero livery, and was imported when new to California by Ferrari Compliance, Inc. of Santa Ana. Retained by several owners within Southern California, this stately 400i was most recently owned by film executive Sanford Panitch prior to acquisition by the consignor.
The car has benefitted from great attention while under the consignor’s care. Invoices on file show that it was recently refinished in its factory-correct shade of Nero. In addition, the fuel injection system was completely addressed prior to a proper tuning. The engine valve cover were also repainted, and much of the hardware fittings were professionally replated to their factory-correct finish.
Complemented by a set of correct five-spoke magnesium wheels and Michelin TRX tires, this 400i is accompanied by tools, manuals, spare wheel, and service invoices. With its handsome Pininfarina bodywork and refined road handling, the 400 has recently attracted the attention of astute Ferrari collectors and enthusiasts alike and they are widely regarded as very capable grand touring machines.