Ferrari took some time to come into the four-seat market although Aston Marin, de Tomaso, Lamborghini and Maserati had established that there was a niche for such a car. When Ferrari did decide to make a real four-seat car rather than the two-people-plus-a-mall-dog approach of the 250 GTE and 330 GT, it seems to have shaken up Pininfarina. Presented with the problem of styling a large car with a sporting pedigree, however, they pulled out all the stops.

The result is timeless elegance. Note the way that the large circular rear lights contrast with the otherwise severe rear panel. Note the way the Ferrari badge is placed on the car: it is discreet, but placed in such a way as to announce its presence to other road users. The beauty of its design is its infinite subtlety.

The model went through many phases, starting life as the 365 GT4 and ending as the 412i; it was as attractive on the day it ended as on the day it first began.

Registered on 31 March 1978, this very good example was originally finished in Blue Ribot Metallic with tan leather upholstery and black leather dashboard, an attractive combination which it retains to this day. VOV 765S comes complete with some service history and many invoices detailing work carried out over the years.

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Vehicle:1978 Ferrari 400

A Toyota Camry will set you back over $20,000 these days. For only $15,300, a new owner bought 12-cylinder power with Prancing Horse heritage at the Coys 14 March [1996] auction.

400s were never officially imported to the U.S., so buyers should be aware of the pitfalls inherent with gray market cars. Further, the carbureted 400s, as opposed to the later injected 400is, can be problematic when it comes to current emission regulations in tightly controlled states like California.

However, a properly tuned 400 or 400i may be the perfect car for long distance cruising in style and comfort while not breaking your budget. This car was well bought. – ED.

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