Monthly Archives: April 2015

1976 Ferrari 400 Review : Prancing horse or lame nags? Motor Enthusiast 1976

I t added th article t th online section. Perhaps a nice read ftr m weeks driving experience.
Brace yourself.

Frm Motor Enthusiast, October 1976 :

http://driventowrite.com/2013/11/02/1979-ferrari-400-review/

Teamspeed: Friday Ferrari Look back, The 1976 Ferrari 400

I t added th t th online article section:

http://teamspeed.com/forums/modern-day-classics-ferrari-general-news/65482-friday-ferrari-look-back-1976-ferrari-400-a.html

Ferrari 400 V12 coffee table Part II

Remember th one?

http://erwin400.blogspot.nl/2014/05/ferrari-400-gt-v12-coffee-table.html

Here another one. I dont hope th becoming a trend:

http://www.homecrux.com/2014/07/01/17061/ferrari-v12-engine-transformed-nt-a-small-rectangular-coffee-table.html

Lts see whn th first Ferrari 400 V12 wine rack pops up

Enzo Ferrari Dino Tagliazucchi Chic Vandagriff Pininfarina Ferrari 400 Automatic Fiat 130 Lancia Thema 8.32

Today I’m going t try t write a proper blog update. Reason being tht I stumbled upon something whh I found ntrtng. S a nice opportunity t improve m writing skills.Th gd thing bt th blog tht I n freely express myself without bothering anyone l r force m opinion upon thm. Unlike th case n a forum r thr media. S far I dd nt t much effort n writing up decent Blogs. Mostly th h bn very brief updates nd sharing information bt items I catch n th internet r bght.
By now t h become quite n impressive collection f information. If I hd known beforehand I wld h t more effort n organizing t nd mk a better lay out. I don’t regret t though, t t shows hw t naturally developed.
Before I trtd th blog I hd already spend a fr bit f time n th Internet t learn more bt th car. I w struck hw lttl information ld b found bt th model – especially n comparison wth th thr Ferrari models. And f something ld b read t w ftn th usual slack ff bt th car. Th nl decent website available w th European 400 club. And th Fchat forum w l a gd nd informative source.
Bt tht w bt t. Th intention f th blog w t first nl meant t keep a bit f track record bt m 400. Another car I h th Lancia Thema 8.32. And fr th sake f keeping th blog ln nd 400 specific I’m nt going t dwell t much bt t thr.
Fr th car I d a daily routine n finding internet information. I simply extended th searches fr th 400 nd th hw t ll trtd t grow.
Lately t seems lk th 400 attracting a lot f attention nd surprisingly l ftn positive sounds nd remarks r being md. One f th sources I consult Facebook. Jt lk Twitter I consider th a very volatile medium nd ftn somewhat superficial. It’s open character mk t easy t connect nd exchange information quickly. Thr hwr n structure n maintaining ll th data. Th requires regular checking nd acting swiftly n items f interest.
Earlier th week I spotted someone posting a picture f a 8.32 wth a person posing next t t. It w a digital picture f n older photo. I thght I recognized tht person n th photo. H looked
familiar t m.

A whl ago I finally hd found a picture f Enzo Ferrari n combination wth th 8.32. I hd read a few times before tht Enzo n h last years w driven around n a 8.32. Bt I never hd seen n concrete evidence. Until someone rhd m wth a collection f papers nd books regarding th car. One book dd hd th unique picture f Enzo nd th 8.32. It w a picture taken whn th F40 w going t b presented. On tht picture th same person w visible.

S I figured h hd t b m kind f bodyguard r chauffeur. In order t find out I simply left a PM t th person n Facebook. H responded quickly nd tld m t w th personal chauffeur f Enzo.  Something I never paid n attention t before r looked nt. Whn I kd bt th name f th chauffeur nd hw h gt th picture h responded wth th name Dino Tagliazucchi nd d t w h picture. I w hooked immediately. S first thing I dd w doing a search n Google regarding th personal chauffeur. Nt tht much information w found bt th first hit w providing a sample f n article n th Cavallino magazine. Th article w th personal tr b th chauffeur written b himself. S I simply needed t h tht magazine nd ordered a back copy.
 
 
Sm thr online articles I found wr many times l referring t th cars f Enzo. It turned out a very known used car th Peugeot 404.

It w l particular ntrtng t read wht thr cars Enzo owned nd drove.
B now I h received th magazine nd t reveals much more bt Enzos cars nd h preference. T touch base further n th aspect th following, nd I quote: “Amng th full size models tht h liked, I mt mention th 130 coupe, nd tht h really w fond f tht car b t w equipped wth n automatic transmission. Later n, h personal Ferrari, whh w rarely drove, became a 400 automatic.
Fiat 130 Coupe presented t th Autosalon n Geneva n 1971
 
Enzo Ferrari + Dino Taggliazucchi + Fiat 130 Coupe
 
Interior Fiat 130 Coupe Automatic
 
A a side note, nd fr th incrowd t n news, th automatic gear lever used n th Fiat 130 coupe  identical used n th Ferrari 400. Mind , t w using a Borg-Warner automatic instead.

 

Again th w fr m another confirmation f wht I heard r read somewhere. Clearly without Enzo’s approval th 400 Automatic wld never h bn realized. Jt lk w th case f using a Ferrari engine fr a 4 door saloon; Lancia Thema 8.32.

At one point n time Ferrari dd build a 4 door concept, known th Pinin. It remained a one-ff though.

 

 

Othr articles I read regarding th automatic transmission highlighted th fact th w already looked nt earlier. In 1970 Ferrari hd produced 6 automatic versions f th 365 GT 2+2 (Queen Mary). S thr goes th myth th 400 w th first automatic. All f th wr fr th US market nd sold b dealer Luigi Chinetti. It unknown hw many h survived.
 
Th thr tr goes th d w a spin ff b someone n th USA wh build th GM 400 Turbo Hydramatic n h wn Ferrari 365 GT 2+2. Th w hwr achieved n 1971 bt perhaps th mentioned year mght b wrng. Th w done b Chic Vandagriff, th known Ferrari dealer ff Hollywood Sport Cars Inc.

 
 

Apparently th conversion attracted th attention f Ferrari. Rumor h h shipped t t Ferrari n Maranello fr further investigation nd development. And th rest history b now. It took nl till th next uplift f th 365 GT4 2+2 before t ld b launched fr production, whh w ll know th infamous Ferrari 400 Automatic.

Recently I l obtained a French advert regarding th Ferrari 400 automatic whh w guided b supporting information f Charles Pozzi.

Al th article points out very nicely nd n favor f th automatic. Fr those wh d nt speak French, th publi-reportage reports n Charles Pozzis personal experience f th 400 Auto n Maranello. It tht Enzo hd wanted n auto gearbox fr t lt ten years nd hd tested t extensively before installing t n th 400. Allegedly, h drove th 400 auto th day whn worldwide importers f Ferrari including Pozzi wr invited t Maranello t test t : h (Enzo), wh usually aloof (th article actually tht Pozzi w a passenger f Enzo).

Th article puts forward th ability f th car t offer a gentle nd lnt ride n town (800 rpm) well brutal accelerations, t tht th auto gearbox d nt hamper th engine whilst offering a lower fuel consumption (crisis, crisis) thn manual. I find t ntrtng tht th author l offers a description f th ability t h between th three gears t lk wth a manual, depending n th desired rpm regime, t different speed. A very modern argument, t lk fr th F1 gearbox two decades later. Although th drafting n b a bit mng fr todays reader n first gear, I mean t, n first gear, n gt t 100 km/h before th cigarette lighter gets red.
Th article l praises th tubular chassis, th design b Pinin Farina (n two words) nd th comfort f th car, well th smell f leather (I n testify tht even ftr 30 years, t smells!). Th final reference t th manual gearbox lmt dismissive. Onl one conclusion: th 400 automatic w ahead f t time.

Personally I dont consider th 400 a sports car, ts t bg nd t heavy well fr tht matter. T m ts simply a Gran Turismo. A such th automatic version suits th car well nd mk t a tr GT. Intrtngl Ferrari lblld th manual version 400 GT whl th standard version simply called 400 Automatic. Its fr gd reasons th majority f th nw buyers preferred th automatic above th manual version. Today n one mkng a fuzz anymore bt automatic. Its ll bt schalten wie Schumi.

Given th history above Im ff th opinion th 400 Automatic deserves more recognition nd hld b appraised accordingly.

 

Sources:

http://www.cavallino.com/magazine/cavallino-issue193/
 
http://www.carscoops.com/2014/03/dd--know-tht-enzo-ferrari-personal.html
 
http://www.flatout.com.br/enzo-ferrari-usava-carros-da-peugeot-na-decada-de-sessenta/
 
http://www.powermag.gr/el/overboost-178-ο-enzo-ferrari-λατρευε-τα-peugeot.html
 
http://gazzettadimodena.gelocal.t/modena/cronaca/2014/10/21/news/montezemolo-passa-l-importante-era-e-resta-la-ferrari-1.10157093

Road & Track Special Summer 1987 : Ferrari 412 Class Act. Rolling sculpture, rich heritage nd four seats, t.

http://erwin400.blogspot.nl/2014/07/ferrari-world-nr-21-1993-ferrari-400.html

http://forums.autosport.com/topic/152054-chic-vandagriff-rip/

http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/california-nevada-southern-sponsored-ft-cars-ltd/260707-hollywood-sports-cars.html

http://www.tomyang.net/cars/365GTGuide.pdf

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/D-Ferrari-400-Deserve-All-51078.S.5847213694110416900

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo-Hydramatic

http://www.fiat130.nl

http://www.facebook.com/groups/8727831092/

http://www.automotivemasterpieces.com/1980-ferrari-pinin.html

Classic Car Weekly Buying guide Ferrari 400

Now available n th download folder. I noticed point 4 nd 5 d look similar frm th snapshot running gear n m blog:

http://erwin400.blogspot.hu/2015/02/ferrari-automatic-transmission-rt-ii.html