An evolutionary step for the historically revolutionary brand, Ferrari’s 412 debuted in Geneva in 1985. A grand tourer in a classical sense, the 412 offered its user a traditional driving experience at a time when most of the company’s lineup was comprised of mid-engined offerings. Born in a styling decade decried as one that taste forgot, the 412 was penned at a time when the designers’ aim was to overthrow the idea of “taste” altogether. The long career of the Ferrari 412 and its predecessors can be categorized as nothing short of iconic.
The Pininfarina styled mid-century form took to the streets in 1972 as a 365 GT4 2+2. Styled by the pen of Leonardo Fioravanti, designer of the 288 and F40, the then 365 took on a three-box design form, a suitable and modern departure from the then dated, 1960s fastback form. The bodies were manufactured in steel at Pininfarina’s Turin studio, mated to a fiberglass floor and sent to Modena for final assembly. Ferrari married the prepared bodies to a steel tubular chassis, the very same from its outgoing GTC/4, and lengthened the wheelbase. Double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bars and a hydraulic self-leveling system in the rear made up the car’s suspension system. The 400 model of 1976, became the first Ferrari which could be equipped with an optional GM-design 3-Speed automatic transmission, for which nearly 2/3rds of the total production came equipped with one. The transmission was then mated to the famed Colombo motor from the earlier 250 and 275 models, and tied together with a limited slip differential. In its earliest form, the Colombo motor displaced 4.4 liters with a carbureted induction system. By 1985, that motor enjoyed a displacement increase to 4.9 liters and a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system. Bosch too, supplied the ABS braking system, standard equipment on the 412, and a technological first for Ferrari.
The 412 differentiates itself from its earlier siblings subtly yet smartly. The bodywork carries the Fioravanti form of ’72, though it’s tweaked. The air dam in the front is improved, as is the trunk deck lid which has been raised to allow for greater luggage space. The result increases the car’s aerodynamics and reduces the drag co-efficent a near 10%. Furthermore from an external view, body-colored bumpers, revised door and mirror design, and a change in lens choice and trim, sets the car apart from its predecessors while aligning it with the styling of the time. Internally, the seat design changed so as to compliment control layout adjustments on the center console. The brake discs, would be shrouded by a new 5-point, 5-lug contemporary star design wheel. Apart from those changes, the 412 remained similar to its predecessors, indeed representing an evolutionary step. Series production ceased in 1989, bringing an end to the 16 year styling exercise. With nearly 3,000 built globally, just over 500 examples of the 412 were produced and have been made available to US audiences only as recently as 2010.
The earliest record on file for chassis 62361, ties the reader to Paris in 1999 for a complete mechanical servicing, with a quoted 35,494 KMs covered, under the care of Mr. M Schmidt, an enthusiastic Ferrari Club member in France. Navigating the records suggests that Mr. Schmidt enjoyed the vehicle very much in the likeness of its intended purpose. The service records are linear and its recorded mileage is progressive. Just over ten years after our first receipt, in 2010, chassis 62361 is in for another complete mechanical servicing, this time with 66,739 KMs recorded. By late 2016, chassis 62361 is bought by a US-based collector and brought to the States. Most recently in its history file, exists a receipt from September 2019, for its most current complete mechanical servicing. Notably at that time, the exhaust was exchanged for a hi-performance stainless steel system.
The Ferrari 412 offers excellent value for money, particularly if presented with an example as lovely as the example we see today, chassis 62361. When most Italian manufactures were scrapping their superb designs in times of desperation, the styling of the 412 was left mostly untouched from its 1970s era pen. Sensibly enhanced over the years, the 412’s retro futuristic charisma can be considered as much a piece of mid-century design as it can be a rolling sculpture. To note, chassis 62361 is offered with its owners manual, sales & service manual and radio manual, bundled in its leather carrier. As well as original tools, jack and spare.
Body And Paint
Finished in highly desirable colors, this 412 has all the hallmarks of a well kept original example. The body is straight with no indications of ever being rusty or in an accident. The paint is very nice throughout with lots of room for improvement in the way of paint correction if so desired. There are flaws consistent with the regular but careful enthusiast use this car has seen.
Glass And Trim
The glass, with the exception of the windshield, has matching insignia from the manufacturer and number etchings throughout with the last digits of the VIN. There are no obtrusive flaws to be noted beyond a small bit of scratching toward the upper portion of the windshield likely from wipers at one point or another in the cars history. The correct brushed and polished stainless trim throughout is in excellent condition with no major blemishes noted.
The wheels appear to be in there original finish with only 1 of 4 center caps showing cracking and only the passenger rear wheel showing a minor scuff on the outside diameter consistent with that blemish from installing a tire.
Cracked drivers side headlight lens. Though it should be noted a replacement is included in the sale. The hood is chipped in the forward most corner on the drivers side and has been since touched up. About 1 inch. The fender on the passenger side, where it meets the bas of the windshield is showing a flex crack in the paint. Common for a 412. At the top of the windshield, passenger side, where the trim meets the paint there is a small amount of clear coat missing on the roof. Minor and not worth addressing if planning to driver regularly. Minor touched up door edge chips on driver side. Rear windscreen delaminating on passenger side bottom corner, minor and also common. The passenger side rocker cover also shows some slight distortion, likely from incorrect jacking up of the vehicle at some point or another.
Seats And Surfaces
Ferrari's GT car of the 1980's has been beautifully equipped and adorned with leather throughout. This highly original, preserved example shows us just what these cars should have. The leather has a welcoming patina throughout. This is easily where this car exemplifies its careful ownership and care. The dash, headliner, door panels, center console, all plastic pieces, essentially everywhere, is beautifully preserved with no issues in the common areas to be noted. The only outstanding flaw noted is the drivers side door jam rubber.weather seal which does show a few tears.
Functionality And Accessories
As an Italian car in the 1980's, specifically from a performance oriented brand such as Ferrari. Comfort equipment in the form of accessories driven by electricity often see an unreliable service life. Nearly everything on this car works including the soft close trunk, multi-way seat function, HVAC items etc... The items tested that did not function as intended were: the radio, antenna, fog lamps, and right front turn signal marker light (bulb).
ENGINE BAY AND TRUNK
The engine bay is what caught our eye in 2019 when we first discovered this car with its hood up at a show. It is absolutely factory, stock, and has clearly been carefully serviced throughout its life. Correct coatings, finishes, hoses, and equipment can be found throughout. With the exception of expendables (oil filters, batter, etc...) everything is as it left the factory with no obvious exceptions.
Tidy and untouched but showing signs of use is the best way to describe the trunk. It is complete with all of the right items, covers, finishes throughout even delicate plastic items are preserved. The only obvious issue noted is a crack license plate light lens.
The car starts instantly, and settles to an idle quickly even when cold. No smoke, no knocks, no issues to be noted. Strong oil pressure and consistent temperature even when idling on a summer day at full temperature the car is consistent. It makes strong, long legged power and is responsive to driver input.
The GM sourced transmission shifts as intended. Uneventful, but very fitting of a car of this size and a Ferrari GT car in general. No abnormal leaks or issues noted.
Brakes And Suspension
The brakes appear to be in good condition by inspection. They work as intended with no pulling or abnormal function. The suspension is supple with no noises and the self leveling rear suspension works correctly, a common issues on these cars.
The tires are the correct Michelin TRX 240/55/VR415's with date codes of 2016. The spare matches the model tire as well.
The biggest mechanical item we have noticed is a leaky valve cover on the drivers side. The car can still be driven but it is something that should see attention sooner rather than later.
The Ferrari 412i is not eye watering fast. Nor does it exude visceral overload the way some Ferrari's may. It is a statement of an era for the Italian Manufacturer of what they could produce as a commuter, a GT car, and something to enjoy at leisure. This example is one of the best in that it is highly correct throughout having never been taken apart, restored or altered. It exemplifies correctness and does so in the finest spec possible. The originally intended European Specification, not the watered down US Specification example we have come to know.
- Exterior Colour Blue Sera
- Interior Colour Tan
- Drive LHD
- Chassis Number ZFFYD24S000062361