Allow me to preface this post by saying this: I am by no means a Ferrari expert. It is my understanding that the late 70’s and early 80’s Ferrari’s are the redheaded stepchildren of Enzo’s exclusive family. I, for one, love the four-light rear end of this generation of car though. With a current bid of $20,600, this 1979 400 Automatic found here on eBay may be a great driver for someone with somewhat deep pockets.
There she blows! Although it’s a little dusty, the 4.8 liter V12 seems to be all there. All six, yes six, Weber DCOE side-draft carburetors are present. I’m not totally sure, but do I spot two oil filters mounted on top of the engine? Also, why is the alternator and A/C compressor mounted backwards?
As a car with less that 4,000 original miles, the underside seems to match this mileage claim. I do see some surface rust, but no holes can be seen. It also appears as though the transmission is not leaking. According to my research, the 400 Automatics were fitted with GM THM-400 transmissions, so parts (if needed) won’t be too hard to find.
As would be expected, the interior appears absolutely immaculate. The tan leather with black accents seems to match the silver exterior well.
This is my favorite angle of the car. The dual pop-up headlights with individual bulbs scream 1980’s styling. Assuming you had the money to buy this sports car, would you drive it or preserve it?