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The long-forgotten Ferrari 400i is one of Maranello's strangest cars

The often-forgotten Grand Tourer was actually a remarkable car in its own right

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When the name 'Ferrari' is mentioned, it usually conjures up images of the gorgeous 288GTO, opinion-splitting F50, or the outrageous LaFerrari. One car that doesn't come up often, however, is the 400i.

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Built between 1979 and 1985, the 400i was an obscure GT car that appears to have been all but forgotten by Ferrari. Its boxy design and relatively bland proportions mean it looks unlike almost anything else to come from Ferrari, though its lines were in fact penned by Pininfarina.

Only 1305 of these unusual vehicles were produced, making them incredibly rare despite their obscurity.

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Powered by a fuel-injected 4.8l V12, the 400i put its power down via a 5-speed manual transmission, though there was a GM-sourced automatic 'box available, making it the first Ferrari ever to be available with an auto transmission.

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There are disc brakes on all four corners, power steering, electric windows, and even electric mirrors - a novelty which still escapes even some brand-new cars to this day.

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Inside, the 400i was trimmed in Sabbia Leather with an unusual leather dash, featuring a three-spoke steering wheel that would transport any driver back to the 1970s.

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This particular car sold on auction site Bring-A-Trailer earlier this year, for a respectable $64,000. Clearly, despite being not your 'usual' Ferrari, there's plenty of desire for the boxy 400i!

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Comments (30)

  • I would rock this daily. No problem. Nice car!

      5 days ago
  • I've never seen one of these before but I really really want one now.

      1 day ago
  • I always loved the back end of this car. Looks fabulous still

      4 days ago
  • Basically the 365 GTB/4 Daytona reinterpreted in a three box style.

      5 days ago
  • Has a bit of a Jag feel to the profile view. Ferrari tend to make really good GT cars.

      4 days ago

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