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1979 Ferrari 400


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The Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 was introduced in 1972 to replace the Ferrari 365 GTC/4. It then evolved into the 400, that in Automatic guise was the first Ferrari equipped with an automatic transmission. In 1979, the 400 was replaced by the fuel injected 400i. Finally, the improved 412 was introduced in 1985 and phases out in 1989, bringing to an end Ferrari’s longest ever production series. Although the incorporation of an automatic transmission and U.S. emissions compliance, indicate tourers was ever officially imported to the USA. Despite this, many have been brought to America as grey imports.

In true Ferrari tradition the car was styled by Pininfarina. Its three-box design was a clear departure from its fastback predecessor, the 365 GTC/4. Following the Daytona, the GT4 2+2 was the second Ferrari to feature the characteristic design feature of a swage line dividing the body into an upper and lower half.

At the Paris Motor Show Ferrari unveiled the replacement for the 365 GT4 2+2. The new Ferrari 400 was offered in two models: 400 Automatic, using a Borg Warner 3-speed automatic transmission, and 400 GT, using a five-speed transmission. The 400 Automatic was the first Ferrari to have an automatic transmission. The 365s V12 engine had been stroked to a displacement of 4.8 L and produced 340bhp. The carburettors on the 400 were replaced with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection in 1979. As in the smaller 308i, power was down to 310bhp, but emissions were much improved. Initially differences between the 400 and 400i were examples were produced, 883 Automatics and 422 GTs.

This Ferrari Automatic with VIN 29107 was originally dispatched by Autodino AG in Zurich, Switzerland on October 4, 1979 to its first owner Knecht Automaten AG. In Niederrohrdorf, Switzerland. The car remained in Switzerland with its first owner until 2001 when it was imported into Belgium and sold to a Dutch enthusiast. While the car was in the possession of the Dutch enthusiast a complete engine overhaul has been carried out, including replacement of fuel tank and installing a stainless steel exhaust system. Since all work was finished in 2010 a total of 8,000 KMs was driven with the car.

We have full documentation with the car, including invoices, photographs and the original Ferrari map with all original books. Both paint and the original leather interior are in very good condition. The car has a valid Dutch registration and comes with APK (like MOT/TUV/CT).

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