Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 / 400 / 400i / 412 (Pininfarina), 1972 - 1985
Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, 1972 - 1976 (Paris'72)
The Ferrari 365 line of cars is quite possibly the most confusingly named series of products since the advent of mass manufacturing. There was the 365 GTB/4, the 365 GT 2+2, the 365 GT4 BB, the 365 GTC, the 365 GTC/4, the 356 California and finally, the 365 GT4 2+2. And, each of those is an almost completely different car. But the 365 GT4 2+2 was especially different in that it was so big, even compared to other 2+2 Ferrari models, and nearly sedan-like in its proportions. It was introduced in 1972 as a replacement for the short-lived 365 GTC/4.
The 365 GT4 2+2 would evolve into the 400, then the 400i and finally the 412 while retaining the same basic overall design. Some controversial decisions would be made by Ferrari when it came to this car in its later stages, but the 365 has the distinction of being made before all of that happened, and saying that you like the 365 doesn’t need to be qualified. The 365 is still an unusual car for a Ferrari though, one that is almost more of a luxury car than 2+2 grand tourer.
The 365 GT4 2+2 was styled by Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina, the same man who had designed the Daytona, and there are a lot of similarities in the two designs. The 365 GTC/4 that the GT4 replaced was even more similar, but there was some downside to adding a back seat to a design that was clearly never meant to have one. The seats weren’t very big and the slope of the fastback roof meant that headroom was a sort of cruel joke.
The GT4 was built using the same chassis, but the wheelbase was stretched by 7.9 inches (and overall length by 10.3 inches) to allow more room for the back seat. The roof was redesigned as well, obviously for the sake of headroom. The resulting “three box” design was surprisingly understated, and opinions on it tend to be divided.
In the days before Ferrari had any V-8 models, the company made the bulk of its profits off of bigger 2+2 grand tourers. So with the 365, Ferrari gave the public the closest thing to a daily driver the company ever produced. The big and spacious interior could actually seat four, and air conditioning came standard. Ferrari also went back to offering a full leather interior as standard, after briefly offering the 365 GTC/4 with a partially cloth plaid interior. A lot of people will tell you that plaid interiors are underrated, I might even be one of them, but you can see the argument against cloth seats in a Ferrari.
All of the many Ferrari models with the 365 name used a version of the Colombo V-12 engine with the same 4.4-liter displacement. This is, in fact, all that the 365 nomenclature meant, that the engine displaced 365cc per cylinder. Not all versions of the 365 engine were the same, but the GT4 2+2 got its engine from the GTC/4 completely unchanged. The “/4” in the older car’s name meant that the engine was a quad-cam, and this remains true on the GT4 2+2, even though it was dropped from the name.
The engine made the same 340 horsepower as it did before, and would actually continue to make 340 horsepower when it was enlarged for the 400. The figure dipped for the 400i and its pollution controls, but the 412 saw power rise back up to 340 horsepower. Apparently, that was exactly the right amount. Unlike later versions of the car, the 365 was offered only with a manual transmission. But, it is often misattributed as the starting point of Ferrari automatics by virtue of looking almost exactly the same as the 400.
Ferrari 400, 1976 - 1979 (Paris'76)
A replacement for the 365 GT4 2+2 came by 1976 by the name of the Ferrari 400.
As with the model it replaces, the name refers to the swept volume of a single cylinder.
To visually differentiate the 400 from the 365 GT4, the first comes with a body-colored chin spoiler, five-bolt fixed rims, paired circular stopligts and the deletion of the emblem from the radiator grille. The interior got more sumptuous, with better seat upholstery, different stitching, patterns and slightly changed switchgear.
The underpinnings of the 400 are almost identical to the 365 GT4 2+2. The car was available in two forms: the 400 Automatic, witch was also the first Ferrari with an automatic transmission (Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic), and the 400 GT, coming with a 5-speed manual box.
A total of 502 units were built - 355 automatics and 147 manuals. No US versions were made.
Ferrari 400i, 1979 - 1985
As emission regulation got stricter, in 1979, the Ferrari 400 got an updated engine.
Instead of the 6 carburetors, the V12 received a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system.
This meant a greater improvement regarding emissions but it took the power down from 340 HP to 310 HP. The only visible difference between the 400 and the 400i was exactly the "i" badge on the tail.
Later models came with different camshaft profiles and exhaust headers gaining 5 HP. Interior changes were also made towards the end of the 400i's lifespan, getting a different upholstery, door panels and electronic switchgear. Minor exterior changes were also done.
The model retained the standard 5-speed manual (400i GT) and the optional 3-speed automatic gearbox (400i Automatic). A total of 1,305 units were made.
Ferrari 412, 1985 - 1989 (Geneva'85)
More improvements came in 1985 when the Ferrari 400i became the 412, coming with more style and power.
Design wise, the Ferrari 412 got a raised rear deck to allow for more luggage space, body colored bumpers, a black chin spoiler, a rear black valence incorporating the fog lamps and exhausts and new flat-faced five-spoke rims.
The engine got bored 1 mm to increase the displacement to 5 liters, reason for every cylinder to be exactly 412 cc and name the model accordingly. The 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic gearboxes have been carried over but the GT and Automatic badges denoting them were dropped.
576 units were made, with production stopping in 1989, followed by three years without a direct replacement.