Lot #13: 1987 Ferrari 412i; Rare 5-speed
A preferred and very rare (1 of 270 built) 5-speed example of the highly refined, final-series Ferrari 412i Grand Touring 2+2, featuring crisply and striking Pininfarina body design.
- Fully emissions-compliant (DOT/EPA) with current CA smog certificate
- Recent and complete service and inspection by marque specialists
- 1 of just 270 examples produced; handsome Pininfarina design
- The last front-engine, V-12 Ferrari GT model until the 456 in 1992
- Long-term single-family ownership; original tool case, tools, and manual
- Impressive document file with records dating to 1999
- Preferred and potent late-production, 5-speed 412 model
A low-mileage vehicle, complete with impressive dossier confirming long-term, single-family ownership and DOT/EPA/California emissions compliance. Complete with a current CA smog certificate, this great 412 further benefits from expert inspection and recent service.
Specifications: 4,930 cc DOHC V-12 engine, Bosch fuel injection and Marelli Microplex electronic ignition, 340 hp at 6,000 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with wishbones, coil springs, and self-levelling rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,700 mm (106.3")
Replacing the curvaceous 365 GTC/4 in 1973 and designated the 365 GT4 2+2, Ferrari's new and highly luxurious four-seater marked an entirely new stylistic direction for Turin's venerable Pininfarina design house. Publicly unveiled at Paris in 1972 and utilizing the basic mechanicals of the 365 GTB/4 "Daytona" Berlinetta, Ferrari's new 2+2 progressed with its crisply tailored Pininfarina-designed bodylines virtually unchanged through the evolutionary 400 and 400i (fuel injected) models of 1976 through 1984, culminating in the 5.0-litre 412 from 1985 to 1989. Over those 17 years, this line was Ferrari's longest-running series and the 412 was the last front-engine Ferrari until the arrival of the 456 in 1992.
Bearing a model designation denoting the swept volume of each of its 12 cylinders, in typical Ferrari fashion, the 412 displaced 4,943 cc and delivered 340 rated horsepower. Either five-speed manual or GM-sourced Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic gearboxes were available. Fully ensconced in luxurious leather upholstery, occupants of the 412 were whisked from rest to 60 mph in under 7.0 seconds, en route to top speeds exceeding the magical 150-mph mark. The UK's Car magazine editors achieved even better performance during a contemporary road test, pushing the 1,884-kilogram 412 through the standing quarter-mile in just 14.6 seconds and attaining 155 mph flat out.
Handsomely finished in its elegant original colors of Prugna with Crema leather, this 5-speed 1987 Ferrari 412 has accumulated just 32,420 original miles at the time of writing. To Ferrari connoisseurs, it marks the best iteration of the long-running series and offers several important enhancements over the earlier models, including dual air conditioning, a higher trunk line providing greater luggage space, a "soft close" boot lid, increased performance from the enlarged 5.0-liter V-12, power-operated seats, rear load levellers, and more. There were only 270 412s built with the 5-speed gearbox and they are certainly the most desirable, as the 3-speed automatic muted performance significantly. The 412 was never imported into the United States, but a few were brought in privately. This example was imported by a local California-based enthusiast and promptly fully certified in accordance with both the U.S. EPA and DOT standards applicable at the time. In addition, he had the car certified for California emissions compliance, and the car still bears its Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) sticker and all smog equipment. This process was expensive and time consuming, but resulted in making the car even rarer, with only a handful of 412 5-speeds legal to drive in California.
The car drives brilliantly and benefits from a recent major service including rebuilding of the fuel distributors, replacement of the A/C compressor, fluid changes, and a full inspection to ensure its performance is proper and to spec. The body is straight and shows no evidence of corrosion or accident damage, and the interior remains original and lovely. A modern CD stereo is fitted and the 412 rides on a set of original-specification Michelin 'TRX' wheels and tires. A voluminous document file accompanies the car with records dating from 1999 documenting long-term single-family ownership. Complete with the original tool case and tools, owner's manual, and a current California smog certificate, this outstanding Ferrari 412 stands ready to deliver an outstanding V-12 Grand Touring experience and marks one of the finest expressions of Pininfarina design.