1984 Ferrari 400i

Base 2+2 Coupe
A bold move for RM Sotheby's paid off with $228M in Monterey
Thursday, 18 August - Saturday, 20 August 2022
Sale Price
$80,000 - $100,000
Est. Range
20 August 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis number ZFFEB06B000054057. Grigio Metallizzato over Crema leather. 4823cc V-12/310hp, automatic, alloy wheels, Michelin TRX tires, power windows, air conditioning, Blaupunkt stereo, books and tools.

Evaluation: Showing 10,333 original miles and recently got an $11,000 service. Mostly good paint with some small chips and scratches on the nose along with a long crack near the right headlight. Significant chipping around the edges of the doors. Good, lightly worn interior but there is some odd wear to the leather above the gauge cluster. A lightly used, mostly well-kept example of one of Ferrariā€™s less celebrated lines of four-seaters.

Bottom line: The 400/412 carries the unenviable distinction of being the first Ferrari sold with an automatic, in this case GM’s tried and true Turbo Hydramatic 3-speed. Blasphemy for purists, but in the end about two-thirds of 400/412 buyers chose the auto over the 5-speed. The looks also didn’t win these cars many accolades, especially compared to the supple curves of ’60s Ferraris, but they do look a lot better in person even if the quips about overgrown Accords never stop. 400/412s have long been the affordable entry into 12-cylinder Ferrari ownership and they still are the affordable way, at least relatively speaking. They have gotten pricier over the past year, but everything with a prancing horse badge has. So this result, while a bit of a shock if you haven’t been following these cars lately, was impressive but not crazy in the setting of Monterey ’22.

by Andrew Newton
6 September 2022

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