Production of the Ferrari 400i started in 1979, and continued uninterrupted until 1989, and although the name changed to 412, being the last incarnation of the 400 series, the model stayed essentially the same.
This vehicle was groundbreaking for Ferrari, insofar as it was the first Ferrari ever to be offered with an automatic transmission! This created howls of panic from all the usual suspects, but as the old saying goes, “money talks and bovine manure walks”, and the great majority of 400s were ordered (by the paying customers) with the automatic transmission.
A very civilized car, the Ferrari 400i came with a 4.9-liter V12 engine that produced about 340 horsepower. The power output changed somewhat over the years as technological advancements were introduced, such as Fuel Injection. This comfortable 2-door coupe, with could reasonably accommodate 2 adults and 2 smaller or more tolerant adults (hence the 2+2 designation), could reach a top speed of 156 miles an hour , and accelerated to 60 mph in 8 seconds.
Although the standard transmission was a five-speed manual gearbox, it also offered a smooth and reliable GM400 three-speed automatic as an option, the later of which was selected on most Ferrari 400i ordered.