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Originally ordered on 9th March 1983 by the Essex Ferrari agents, Lancaster Garages, to be finished in Nero Tropicale with dark red VM 3171 hide and black carpets for stock. Two days later the specification was changed to Blue Ribot with tobacco VM 846 hide with beige VM 890 dark brown hide to the dashboard, centre console and rear shelf. Rear air conditioning was also specified. It was noted that it was now a sold car order for a Mr A W. Order number 4/325 was confirmed with the factory by Maranello Concessionaires managing director, Sean Bealey for June production. Six months later the car was ready and invoiced by the factory on 23rd September 1983 for delivery to the UK's Maranello Concessionaires-one of 103 automatics of which 53 remain, with just 23 in blue- by truck along with another 400i and a 512 BBi. Upon arrival in the UK it was invoiced by Maranello Concessionaires to Lancaster Garages on 5th October 1983.
First registered A540 RJN on 18th February 1984 to Mr G C of Suffolk -presumably, Mr W pulled out of the original deal? The then list price 1st January 1984) was £44,800.17 plus delivery, number plates and road tax. The optional rear air conditioning adding a further £872.08.
Passing to the next owner, Mr E S of South Yorkshire, twelve months later 3rd February 1985, registering it in the name of his company. The car was then registered six months later, and now with some 12,000 miles, on 1st September 1985 to a Rolls Royce, it would seem most likely via the Surrey Ferrari agents, Maranello Concessionaires Ltd...……
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The car is complete with the factory original service book, handbooks and wallet .There is also a sheaf of past invoices and MOT certificates.
History: The 400 Automatic i succeeded the 400 Automatic in November 1979, the “i” suffix in the model name standing for “injection”, as a fuel injection system replaced the two banks of three side draught Weber carburettors. The fuel injection system used was Bosch K-Jetronic, and concurrently a single distributor mounted at the right rear of the engine, with a Dinoplex electronic ignition system, replaced the earlier twin distributor layout. The adoption of fuel injection was to satisfy ever more stringent worldwide emission legislation, and it dropped the claimed power output to 310bhp. The engine was a V12 unit with a bore and stroke of 81mm x 78mm giving a total capacity of 4823cc, with factory type reference number F 101 D 070, coupled to a Borg Warner 3 speed automatic gearbox. This transmitted power through a propeller shaft to a limited slip differential, and from there via half shafts to the independently suspended rear wheels with hydraulic self levelling units.
The 400 Automatic i was initially visually identical to its predecessor both internally and externally apart from the addition of an “i” to the tail badge, although the tubular steel chassis type reference number became F 101 DL 170. In late 1982 some mechanical and cosmetic changes took place to the model. The engine received revised profile camshafts and new exhaust manifolds, which upped the power output by about 5 bhp, and the hydraulic self levelling rear suspension changed to a gas filled system, coupled to new metric rim wheels with lower profile tyres. Internally there were revisions to the upholstery stitching pattern, door panel design, and centre console layout. Outside the door mirrors became more elegant with small enamel Ferrari shields on their casings, the width of the radiator grille was reduced to expose the driving lights, which became rectangular instead of square, the radiator exhaust air louvre in the bonnet became body colour, and high intensity fog lights were set into the rear bumper.
As with the previous models in the 400 series, the fully trimmed bodies were delivered by Pininfarina to Ferrari to fit the mechanical components. Right or left hand drive steering, with power assistance as standard, was available, but as with the other twelve cylinder models of the period, no USA market version was available. The model remained in production until 1985, during which time 883 examples were constructed in the chassis number range 27987 to 55523.
Taken from Ferraris' own website
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