And it's considerably cheaper than an 812 Superfast.
When you think of the most iconic Ferraris built during the 1980s, models such as the F40, Testarossa, and 288 GTO spring to mind. Most people probably won't think of the long-forgotten Ferrari 400i. Built between 1979 and 1985, the Ferrari 400i is one of Ferrari's most unusual-looking grand-tourers thanks to its three-box design that looks unlike any other Prancing Horse supercar in production today. Its sharp, wedge-shaped styling was penned by none other than Pininfarina.
Only 1,305 Ferrari 400is were produced, so tracking one down isn't easy. If you fancy owning Ferrari's underrated grand-tourer, a pristine-looking example is currently looking for a new owner on Bring A Trailer.
Finished in green with black bumpers and pop-up headlights, this 1978 Ferrari 400i is powered by a fuel-injected 4.8-liter V12 paired with a five-speed manual transmission, although it was also available with a GM-sourced three-speed automatic. The Ferrari 400 Automatic that came before the 400i was the first Ferrari to be fitted with an automatic transmission. It also comes equipped with four-wheel disc brakes, independent suspension, power steering, electric windows and mirrors, and rides on 15-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the cabin is trimmed in Sabbia leather with a green leather dash, center console, piping, and inserts, and features a three-spoke steering wheel and an aftermarket stereo with a removable faceplate.
Its current owner has kept the car since 1996 and shipped it to California, where the car is currently for sale. Considering its age, this Ferrari 400i is in excellent condition. This year, the vintage grand tourer was upgraded with new fuel pumps, exhaust work, and fluid changes, so it's been well-maintained. There are 23,000 miles on the clock, 3,000 of which were added by the current owner.
At the time of writing, this Ferrari 400i has a current bid of $45,000 with four days left until the auction ends, making a much more affordable V12-powered Ferrari grand tourer than the 812 Superfast, which carries a price tag of $335,000.