1981 Ferrari 400i

Base Coupe 4.8 L

Vehicle values by condition

Condition 4
#4 cars are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped.
Condition 3
#3 cars could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 car, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior.
Condition 2
#2 cars could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 cars that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws.
Condition 1
#1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best car, unmodified, in the right colours, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours.
Insurance premium for a
1981 Ferrari 400i Base Coupe 4823
valued at £46,200
£344.88 / year*

History of the 1976 - 1985 Ferrari 400i

1976 - 1985 Ferrari 400i
1976 - 1985 Ferrari 400i

Following the 365 GT/4 2+2, Ferrari introduced the 400 GT in 1976 at the Paris Salon. The car was an evolutionary advancement from its predecessor, with a bigger, 4.8-litre V-12 engine that produced 20 more horsepower, now up to 340. The car retained the 365 GT/4’s Pininfarina-styled angular coupe body, now with four taillights instead of six. Perhaps most noteworthy was that GM’s Turbo-Hydramatic transmission became optional equipment, which outraged purists and the press alike.

The Ferrari 400 was spacious, luxurious, and a capable performer in the GT class. Just over 500 examples were built until 1979 (with approximately two-thirds equipped with automatic transmission). In 1979 the 400 became the 400i when the 4.8-litre engine was given Bosch fuel injection in order to satisfy increasingly tight emissions requirements throughout the world. This iteration was produced until 1985, with 1,300 units leaving the factory (again, roughly two-thirds fitted with with automatic gearboxes). In 1985 Ferrari added a small 120cc increase in engine displacement, and this final 4.9 litre variant was called the Ferrari 412. This car could be recognized by its body-colored bumpers, different wheels, and an even more luxurious interior than the well-appointed Ferrari 400i.

Those considering purchase of the Ferrari 400 GT should consider that they have long been the 'bargain' Ferrari: values have nevertheless been very low in Ferrari terms for a long time. This means servicing has often been neglected. Rust and electrical issues are common problems too. A good history, including recent specialist servicing, should be sought.

That said, the Ferrari 400 GT offers a great deal for the money. The last Ferrari fitted with the Colombo V-12, the car is a superb grand tourer with lots of space and a very comfortable ride. Enthusiasts are slowly starting to appreciate the Ferrari 400 GT for the impressive car that it is. Period alternatives tended to be similarly regarded - the Maserati Quattroporte and the Aston Martin Lagonda were also considered the poor cousins of their more illustrious forebears until recently.

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