The Ferrari 412 is perhaps one of the most obscure, least understood Ferraris. While they were never sold officially in the United States, a good amount found their way stateside, which is not surprising. With its 4.8 liter V12 and available GM sourced 3 speed automatic (a 5 speed manual was on offer), these were an ideal touring car for a large country. The 412 and it's predecessor, the 400 and 400i, had an unusually long lifespan for a Ferrari - 13 years. Eventually the Ferrari 456 took over the four seat touring car mantle in the Ferrari lineup in 1992.
Here is a mint example of a well sorted 412 for sale in St. Louis, Missouri.
V.I.N: ZFFYD24B000063601, Miles: 26,153
You are viewing a 1986 Ferrari 412 Automatic finished in Nero Metallic over Avorio hides with just 26,153 miles driven from new. Acquired by us from a many times repeat and avid collector client of ours in the form of a partial trade in against another new exotic vehicle. This 412 has just had a new Starter Motor and Flywheel installed by us, Ferrari Service of St. Louis (we are afactory franchised Ferrari Serviceand Parts dealership) plus in August it had both front shock bushings replaced, a side marker assembly, a new air horn and electrics along with new exhaust hangers to pass the state safety inspection for Missouri.
After completing the work we carried out we have thoroughly road tested the car and can attest that this 1986 412 starts, idles, shifts, corners and stops exactly as designed and it appears to really be in need of nothing cosmetically or otherwise at this time either than a new owner to enjoy it!
With it's crisp styling, concealed headlights and classic five spoke alloys, this car brings me right back to the 1980s. I'm a big fan of this 412's color as well. The metallic black suits the conservative lines quite well and with the creme leather, is a timeless combination. The only thing making this less than perfect, for me at least, is the transmission. But in reality, this Ferrari wasn't meant to be driven as spirited as other contemporary models in the lineup at the time, such as the 328GTS and F40. All in all, a great example of an under-appreciated grand touring coupe.