A company so used to true sports cars as the norm was bound to struggle to adapt to such a new environment. Even still, the 400 wound up being one of the least fondly remembered Ferraris in the company’s 82-year history. The three-speed auto-box could not keep up with the 400’s 4.8-liter V12 engine. Making for a car that wasn’t great at cruising or very good at track days either.
Jeremy Clarkson once famously called the 400 “Simply awful in every way.” Typical bombastic Clarkson, there are certainly people who are fans of the 400. But this one for sale on engineswapdepot.com via an anonymous private seller’s had all its weak guts ripped out and replaced with some that, at the very least, won’t be hard to make fast.
Gone is the Ferrari V12 and the anemic automatic gearbox. In their place is a 383 cubic inch (6.27-liter) V8 and the same T56 manual transmission and rear end found in the C3 Corvette. Suddenly, this tired old dog of a Ferrari’s transformed into a fast, reliable, and easy to maintain weekend pocket rocket that won’t break the bank every time you take it for an oil change. For $19,500 out the door, that’s not a bad deal at all.