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Pick of the Day: 1983 Ferrari 400i with manual transmission

Front-engine, 12-cylinder, Pininfarina-design 2+2 one of the few that let the driver do the shifting


It was at the Paris Motor Show in 1976 that Ferrari unveiled not only the replacement for its 365 GT4 2+2 but its first car with an automatic transmission. The car was the 400 Automatic, with its General Motors-sourced THM400 3-speed gearbox linked to Ferrari’s front-mounted 4.8-liter V12 engine. A 400 GT also was available with the typical 5-speed manual transmission.

The V12 engine used in the 400 Automatic and GT was topped by a six-pack of Weber carburetors and was rated at 340 horsepower. 

It was three years later that Ferrari replaced those carburetors with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and thus the Pick of the Day, a 1983 Ferrari 400i. Power dropped to 310, but emissions improved to meet US federal regulations.

For the 1983 model year, the engine got new cams and exhaust headers, and a 5-horsepower power bump resulted. But the big changes were inside the car’s 2+2 cockpit, with new upholstery, door panels, console and switchgear. The car also got some cosmetic updates to its exterior. 

Ferrari, Pick of the Day: 1983 Ferrari 400i with manual transmission, ClassicCars.com Journal
Ferrari, Pick of the Day: 1983 Ferrari 400i with manual transmission, ClassicCars.com Journal

Of the slightly more than 1,300 buyers of the 400i from 1979-1985, nearly 900 opted for the car with an automatic rather than manual gearbox. But that wasn’t the case with the Pick of the Day, which has the manual transmission so enjoyed by enthusiast owner/drivers.

The private seller located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, reports that the car has recently received a fresh respray in its factory-correct shade of Nero, and that many hardware fittings were replated to factory finish. The car’s engine also has had its fuel injection system tuned. 

The car was imported into Southern California and recently was owned by film company executive Sanford Panitch. 

“Complimented by a set of correct five-spoke magnesium wheels and Michelin TRX tires, this 400i is accompanied by tools, manuals, spare wheel, and service invoices,” the seller notes. 

“With its handsome Pininfarina bodywork and refined road handling, the 400 has recently attracted the attention of astute Ferrari collectors and enthusiasts alike and they are widely regarded as very capable grand touring machines.”

The odometer shows 58,464 miles. The car is being offered for $169,900.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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