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    Ferrari 400/412 values on the up. It could be now or never if you want to buy into the V12 dream for around £50k. / #Ferrari-400i / #Ferrari-400 / #Ferrari-V12 / #Ferrari / #V12 / #Ferrari-412i / #Ferrari-412i-Auto / #1988 / #1981 / #Ferrari-412-Automatic

    CHASING CARS Quentin Willson’s hot tips

    Quentin Willson’s hot tips There’s some bustle around the Ferrari 400 and 412. A change in affection has hardened prices with exceptional cars now touching £80k. Neal Gordon in Chelsea has a blue ’1981 right-hand-drive 400i auto with only 16,000 miles and total Ferrari history for £84,950, while Gallery Aaldering in Holland has an ’1983 LHD auto in dark blue with 22,000 miles, three owners and big history for £53,000. Right-hand-drive 400is are rarest, with only 152 cars produced, and the biggest prize is a UK-supplied manual with only 25 examples ever built. The later, rarer and more reined 412 is a good bet too, with Justin Banks in Kent offering an ’1988 412 auto in metallic black, with extensive history and 36,000 miles for a very reasonable £34,995.

    As the last of the affordable V12 Ferraris, you can see why there’s been an upswing. With roots going back to the Daytona – including that distinctive body swage line – lush Connolly leather cabins and surprising usability, canny collectors looking for value are now seeing low-mileage 400s with fresh eyes. Significantly, they’re beginning to command more than 456 GTs which is another sign of new interest.

    They’re also historically significant as the first automatic Ferrari ever. They also had the longest model production run, 17 years. My punt would be on the final series ’1985-on 412 with its Marelli ignition, anti-lock braking, plusher cabin and better drivability – they’re rarer than the 400 too with only 576 built. In the metal all 400s look terrific, low, handsome and classy and were given an aesthetic knighthood by motoring scribe LJK Setright who described the silhouette as ‘one of the most beautiful and elegant bodies ever to leave the lead in Pininfarina’s pencilling vision’. He wasn’t wrong.

    Find yourself a wellfettled, low-mileage 400i or 412 with bulging history file and you’ll be buying one of the few Seventies/Eighties Ferraris that wasn’t hyped in the Prancing Horse boom years. Think of it this way – this is a front-engined V12 classic Ferrari still available for around £50k. That statement might not hold for very much longer.
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    / #1976 / #1975 / #Jaguar / #Daimler-XJ-C-5.3 / #Jaguar-XJ-C-5.3 / #Daimler-V12 / #Daimler / #Ferrari-400GT / #Ferrari / #Ferrari-400 / #Jaguar-XJC / #Jaguar-XJ-Coupe

    Probably the Jaguar experts have recognized immediately under you, dear reader, that it is not in this session to a profane XJ-C 5.3. But the noble #Daimler-Double-Six version of Zweitiirers, recognizable-bar on the vertical struts in the grill that had this fine edition reserved. We go one step further: In front of you is, as a kind of placeholder For the entire XJ coupe series, a 1973-built LHD prototype with the chassis number 2 and on top of the proven single copy, which in 1975 the Vanden Plas work in Kingsbury was delivered in London - to the already opulent coupe after the on-site luxury ideas to refine. "Unfortunately, it has remained in this one-off production," explains owner Hans-Peter Briiggemann from Bremen. But more on that later.

    In addition to the British Coupe a Ferrari parked 400GT - Pininfarina's clear answer to the question has to look like a luxury coupe from Maranello. However, its design should be so subtle that many have to look for a second time in order to identify the car as a thoroughbred Ferrari. No trace of swank, no open of raised super sporty nature and in this case, not even the colour red - the Ferrari 400 GT year 1978 by Frank Janften from Hamburg recalls at first glance much more of an edgy notchback sedan.
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    1988 Ferrari 412i and the Jaguar Sovereign V12

    Posted in Cars on Wednesday, May 11 2016

    Senior citizens. The Ferrari 412i and the Jaguar Sovereign V12 are totally different animals in many ways, but they have two major features in common which make them saloon car cousins of the most exclusive kind - they both have classic V12 engines and they both have the performance and sporting character of four-seater supercars. Kevin Blick tried these two last bastions of the earlier V12 generation, back-to- back, and found two ultimates. Try both for just £100,000.

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    Car #1979 #Ferrari-400GT £44,995 / #Ferrari

    Recently repatriated from the continent, this 400GT provides a fluid driving experience, says Ross Alkureishi.

    We’re used to left-hookers coming to the UK, but it’s rarer for a right-hand-drive car to go to mainland Europe.

    The vendor recently sourced this car in the south of France and brought it back to the UK. The history file includes the original invoice for £23,862 and a stack of service and parts bills, including a recent one from Ferrari specialist Foskers. Its work included a new clutch and tuning the engine, at a cost of just more than £2500.

    400GTs are prone to rust, but its time in the Mediterranean climate kept the bodywork in good condition. There are some stone chips on the bonnet, a couple of small cracks on the front valance and a couple of chips on the offside door but all are minor.

    On the rear panel a badge has been removed at some point, and this has lifted some black paint off. The nearside chrome trim strip is a little loose to the rear. It sports fresh stainless steel backboxes, although not the period-correct and difficult-to-source Ansa items. Under the bonnet there are no signs of leaks, just a normal oily coating on the six #Weber-38DCOE carbs. The radiator and oil cooler appear sound, although there’s a small weep from the brake master cylinder.

    The carpets and Ferrari overmats are quite heavily coated in dust and while the former would benefit from a deep clean, the latter need replacing. The tan leather seats are nicely patinated – though there’s a small flaw in one red stripe on the driver’s squab – and remain firm and fully supportive. All electrics function as they should.

    With 65,297 miles on the clock it drives beautifully. This 400GT feels a lot more fluid than other lower-mileage examples I’ve sampled and the manual ZF gearbox transforms the experience. It definitely lends it a sportier disposition than its auto-boxed cruiser sibling.

    The power steering is light and helps ensure that manoeuvring the near-twotonne beast is a cinch. The new clutch engages smoothly and the canted gearlever shifts with a satisfyingly positive action and little recalcitrance.

    Oil pressure remained healthy throughout our test. The oil temperature gauge doesn’t work, but water temperature sat in the ‘normal’ zone. The braking prowess more than matches up to the acceleration on offer. It’s worth checking when the timing chain was last changed – there’s no indication in the history file – but there’s no doubt that a test-drive will have you purring at how it performs. This is a fairly well-used example of a consummate GT, and those angular looks have now reached a level of maturity that’s pleasing to the eye.

    If you’re looking for an example to drive then this could be for you.

    Seats are deeply supportive; manual gearbox shifts smoothly through the ratios.

    Vast 4.8-litre V12 delivers its 340bhp smoothly, with clean fluids and no leaks.


    Introduced in 1972, the 365 GT4 2+2 is the third generation of Maranello four-seaters. Based on a six-inch extended GTC/4 chassis it features sharp Pininfarina pop-up headlamp styling, allied to the quad-cam V12 that traces its lineage back to the 275 GTB/4. At nearly two tonnes it’s a heavy old beast but 320bhp helps it to 60mph in 7.1 seconds.

    Engine is bored out to 4823cc for 1976, power rises to 340bhp and model is renamed the 400GT. It now has quad taillights, rather than its predecessor’s sextuplet. This is the first Ferrari to be offered with an automatic gearbox, the GM400 Hydra-matic, alongside the standard manual box. It’s a fast, luxurious and a consummate GT but also expensive to maintain and run – 10mpg if you’re lucky. Bosch fuel injection arrives in 1979, and accordingly it becomes the 400i.

    The 5.0-litre 412 replaces it in 1985, recognisible by its body-coloured bumpers and different alloy wheels. The interior is also even more luxurious than before. It’s produced until 1989.

    TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATIONS #1979 #Ferrari-400GT / #Ferrari-400
    Price £44,995
    Contact Justin Banks, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (, 01622 851841)
    Engine 4823cc #V12 , dohc per bank
    Power 340bhp @ 6000rpm
    Torque 311lb ft @ 4600rpm
    Performance Top speed: 152mph;
    0-60mph: 7.0sec
    Fuel consumption 10mpg
    Length 4801mm
    Width 1798mm
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