1989 Ferrari 412GT Coupé Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. 89-D-412 (RoI) Chassis no. ZFFYD25C000078593 Engine no. 13397
Produced between 1985 and 1989, the Ferrari 412 was the final glorious flowering of the series of luxurious four-seaters that had commenced with the introduction of the 365GT/4 2+2 in 1972. Launched at the 1976 Paris Salon, the successor-model 400GT gained a 4.8-litre version of the four-cam V12 engine but otherwise differed only in detail. Following successful experiments carried out in the USA, the 400 became the first Ferrari to offer automatic transmission as an option. The unit chosen - General Motors' three-speed Hydra-Matic 400 - was widely regarded as the world's best, being used by Cadillac, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar among others. Flagship of the Maranello range, the splendidly equipped 400GT featured self-levelling independent rear suspension, power-assisted steering, electric windows and optional air conditioning. Its arrival reaffirmed Ferrari's determination to compete with the world's finest luxury saloons.
Representing evolution rather than revolution, the 412 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1985. The newcomer enjoyed a small (119cc) capacity increase, anti-lock brakes, revised interior and bumpers colour co-ordinated with the bodywork, while an improved front air dam and raised boot deck reduced the already low co-efficient of drag. By the time production ceased in 1989, Ferrari's finest 2+2 had been in production for a remarkable 17 years, though its exclusivity meant that there were seldom more than 200 sold in any one year.
Ferrari's decision to equip the 400 series with automatic transmission was vindicated by the fact that more than two-thirds of customers took up the option, though this example's purchaser chose the ZF five-speed manual gearbox. Right-hand drive chassis number '78593' was delivered new via the UK importer Maranello Concessionaires to Roadfield Motors Ltd in Belfast. First owned by Mr Loughlin Quinn of Dublin, Republic of Ireland, a well-known Ferrari collector, it has remained in that country ever since. The car passed to its second owner, financier and developer Mr John Ronan, in 1997 and to its third, Mr Trevor Henderson, in 2001. The current (fourth) owner acquired the Ferrari in 2005.
'78593' comes with one of the most comprehensive history files we have seen (close inspection of which is recommended) testifying to the careful maintenance it has enjoyed since new. We are advised that the car has been fully re-sprayed and the back of the driver's seat re-covered, while the engine has been fully serviced and is said to be running well. Currently Irish registered, the car also comes complete with its original Ferrari wallet, owner's manual, stamped warranty/service booklet and tools.