Prancing Horse Limousine: 1981 Ferrari 400i

This is something you don’t see everyday: a 1981 Ferrari 400i, converted into a stretch limousine. While the classic Rolls-Royce or Bentley may be the upper-crust limo of choice, I would absolutely take a V12-powered Ferrari stretch conversion any day of the week over that Grey Poupon nonsense. This 400i likely began its new life as a livery vehicle when values for this model were quite low, and such a conversion seemed like a logical idea. The Ferrari was listed on eBay but seems to be simultaneously listed here on Garage Dream Auctions.

Now, when we think vintage limo conversions, we often think of poorly-executed hack jobs that otherwise mar what was once a decent luxury or sports car. I’m not sure why this is, as you’d think the owner of such a vehicle or conversion company would be pursuing high-end clientele, who can certainly tell which limos were built on an assembly line and which were conceived in someone’s backyard. This 400i was clearly done by a professional company, as the interior is exceedingly well done and looks downright luxurious, in addition to looking like this 400i stretch rolled off the assembly line in Maranello.

The 400i has been unloved for decades, but that’s slowly starting to change. Credit the exorbitant price seemingly ever vintage Ferrari commands, and the 400i starts to look downright reasonable. But what about one like this, that’s clearly no longer an original car? Can it still hold its value, or better yet, increase over time? There’s a novelty factor for sure, but the preservation crowd likely won’t find it all that charming. But for the open-minded collector who just wants a car that no one else has, this 400i is a home run.

The interior is a serious high point for this 400i, and gives me confidence the conversion was completed at a high level. Limos don’t hide their secrets well, so if the original builder cheaped out in the conversion, you’d see it in places like the interior where they would just jam any chair they could find inside as opposed to actually building a proper limo interior around the design and style of the original interior. This 400i isn’t for everyone, but I personally love the idea of a vintage sports car limo – just don’t hack up anything too valuable or rare in the process.

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Comments

  1. Euromoto Member

    Yuck.

    Like 9
    • Solosolo Solosolo Member

      I love it, although the rear doors don’t appear to quite line up with the bodywork at the top. One mans meat is another mans poison heh?

  2. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Okay, NOW can we say that we’ve seen everything here on Barn Finds?

    Like 13
  3. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Why?

    Like 11
  4. A.G.

    This is the only limo I’ve ever seen where the driver’s door were longer than the passenger’s doors.

    Like 2
    • nlpnt

      And how else would you build a stretch limo starting from a two-door?

      The Hofmeister kink in the rear doors makes me wonder if the doors were taken from something GM, most likely a ’75-79 Nova or a firstgen Cavalier and reskinned and otherwise modified to fit the Ferrari lines.

      Like 4
  5. Rumpledoorskin

    Finally, a Ferrari that I can take all 6 of my children for a ride in.

    Like 5
  6. SebastianX1/9

    I’m very surprised the words “Miami” or “Las Vegas” were not anywhere in the ad.

    Like 8
  7. 86_Vette_Convertible

    As others have said: Why?

    Like 4
  8. Gary

    Does it come with an unreliable and expensive to fix V12? Maybe, if this had a Chevy 350 in it, then it might be worth it.

    Like 3
    • Quidditas

      The most reliable of the older Ferraris. Bullet proof motor, Bosch electricals and GM box.

      Easy to maintain.

  9. Milt

    I suspect every pimp in Vegas is salivating in lustful greed

    Like 3
  10. Steveo

    Sold for $20k. Sounds like part-out money.

    Like 7
  11. Chris

    just why !!!!!!

    Like 2
  12. douglas hunt

    if i could post a meme it would be of eyes burning……….

    Like 1
  13. Steve Clinton

    Whoever built this should be taken out and shot.

    Like 4
    • Robert G

      Steve. My thoughts exactly. However did you know that it is not very difficult to restore this to the original configuration?.

  14. Frank

    I’ve driven 400i’s. What a nice touring car comfortable, quiet and fast for the size. Now its a Prancing Tank! Who did this? Enzo is probably rolling around in his grave. Do we have Cruelty to Ferrari website?

    Like 3
    • douglas hunt

      i too always like the 400 styling [i am a huge fan of the 4 small headlight cars], but far too few manual trans cars, i just never thought a Ferrari V12 should be automatic

  15. Frank

    Twenty K was a steal!

    Like 2
    • stu

      “Twenty K was a steal” I think gasoline and a match is what is needed to fix this thing……..

      Like 1
      • DayDreamBeliever Member

        That does happen to some cars which are stolen….

  16. Howie Mueler

    It sold 10 days ago, and that was cheap, there is nothing worse than a cheap Ferrari.

    Like 3
  17. Steve

    I’ve said it before on this site: just because you can doesn’t mean you should!

    Like 1
  18. jwaltb

    An abortion and an abomination.

    Like 2
  19. Richard

    Nonsense. But it looks nicely done.

    Like 2
    • douglas hunt

      yes, all those auction pics do look good, even the undercarriage.
      says done in period so it has been a limo for a long time……..

    • stu

      Who cares it’s nicely done! Put ones talent into something that really has potential!!!

      Like 1
  20. Gary

    Just because you can should you?

    Like 1
  21. Chris Webster

    Convert it back? Parts car makes more sense.

    Like 1
  22. BQuick

    Once again proof that just because you have money and ideas, doesn’t mean you have good taste and common sense.

    • douglas hunt

      Auction ad says done in period
      Makes ya wonder why as when “in period” this would have been a valuable car???
      I could see it if it was later in its life and a wreck not worth restoring but even then the parts would have been $$$$$ so 🤷‍♂️

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