1981 Ferrari

400i 2+2


Configuration: 4.8L

Engine: F-101 D V12

Horsepower: 315 bhp at 6,500 RPM

Torque: 289 ft-lbs at 6,500 RPM

Transmission: Chrysler automatic

A Little History

In 1979, its medium-displacement V-12 engine was stripped of Weber carburetors and endowed with Bosch electronic fuel injection. The 400i, as it was now known, continued to be offered with a five-speed manual transmission or the three-speed automatic made, of all places, in the same Michigan factory that had churned out B-24 bombers during World War II.

The 400 series originated at the 1976 Paris Motor Show, the first Ferrari fitted with an automatic transmission. Its design was derived from the almost identical-looking 365 GT4 2+2, itself based on the famous Daytona. In 1979 the 400 became the 400i when the 4.8L engine was given Bosch fuel injection in order to satisfy increasingly tight emissions requirements throughout the world.

While never officially imported in the U.S., the 400i is an archetypal Reagan-era Ferrari, with all the hopeful aspects of the period, such as pop-up headlamps, overly obvious five-spoke wheels, and a sleek, large-diameter, pre-airbag steering wheel. Inside, broad and flat-front chairs suggested the club room more than open highway.
Only approximately 1,305 400is were produced between 1979 and 1985, when it was succeeded by the 412. Of these, only 422 were GTs. 1 of 873 was produced between 1978 and 1984 with automatic transmission.

The 400i made the leap to Hollywood in one of the biggest films of the era, 1988’s Rain Man.

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