The elegant Ferrari 400 GTi is an imposing and distinguished take on the 1970s Grand Tourer, offering the poise, noise and sophistication of the Italian marque, with the luxurious comfort and refinement normally reserved for large German cruisers. The 400 GTi is a Pininfarina design that features a V12 with efficient Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system that delivered an enviable 315 HP and a top speed of 152mph when new. Only 422 examples were constructed, with chassis numbers ranging from 26667 to 55421.
Visually, the 400 GTi was initially identical to its predecessor both internally and externally apart from the addition of an “i” to the tail badge, although the tubular steel chassis type reference number was updated to ‘F 101 DL 110’. In late 1982 mechanical and cosmetic changes were made, including revised profile camshafts and new exhaust manifolds, that combined to increase power output by about 5 bhp. The hydraulic self-levelling rear suspension was changed to a gas filled system, coupled to new metric rim wheels with lower profile tyres. Internally revisions to the upholstery stitching pattern, door panel design, and centre console layout were made. Externally, the door mirrors were given the addition of small enamel Ferrari shields on their casings, the the radiator grille was reduced in width to expose the driving lights that were now rectangular instead of square, the radiator exhaust air louvre in the bonnet became body colour, and high intensity fog lights were set into the rear bumper.
This particular Ferrari 400 GTi – chassis number 50157 – is now for sale at The Classic Motor Hub and comes with a full service history, low mileage, and an electric sunroof fitted from new. Also included are two sets of keys, all original handbooks, tool kit, service book, the original complete first aid kit and a custom car cover. The car is finished in Ferrari ‘Nero FER 1240’ with a matching black leather interior, and is believed to be the finest Ferrari 400 for sale, being one of only 28 manual transmission right-hand-drive examples to be imported to the UK by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd.
The car was first registered on 14th May 1984 by Maranello Sales Ltd. to Mr Robert Michaels of London, who is well known for owning a number of Ferraris, including a Daytona Spider that is now owned by the Sultan of Brunei. After purchase, the electric sunroof was installed by Golde Sunroofs of Basingstoke, prior to delivery on 2nd June 1984.
On 19th April 1988 ‘50157’ had covered 6,000 miles and was sold to long-standing Ferrari owner Mr Ed Fehler of Essex and registered with number plate ‘111 EJF’. During his period of ownership, a new speedometer was fitted by respected Ferrari restorer Terry Hoyle in 1993, at which point the original had recorded some 15,000 miles. Terry Hoyle later purchased the car for his own use, but never registered it in his own name; it was later part-exchanged at Garage on the Green in London for a Ferrari 330GT 2+2.
In January 2002 this Ferrari 400 GTi was reregistered as ‘1 DYV’ by Mr Roy Spiers of Dorset, who had a new clutch fitted by an experienced mechanic formerly of HR Owen, Emblem Sportscars, Nigel Mansell Sports Cars and Westover. ‘50157’ was then briefly sold to David Miller of Forza 288 who transferred the registration number before selling it to Peter Digby of Colhester on 28th April 2003. A year later, the car had covered 26,000 miles and was sold to Mr John Markey of Beacon Hill Garage, who re-registered it to display the current number plate: ‘TIA 910’.
The last registered owner was a Mr David Wilson of London, who purchased the car in November 2005 with a recorded mileage of 28,000 miles. During his ownership, a new fuse box and ignition system was fitted by Meridian Modena.
Having now covered circa 36,500 miles, this is an excellent example and presents a rare opportunity to own a highly-desirable manual transmission 400 GTi that has been very well maintained, and has excellent service history and pedigree to match.
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly Ferrari, a Grand Tourer to take on the continent in style, or even a daily driver, this Ferrari 400 GTi fits the bill.