Thursday, January 1, 2015

15k: Chevy V8 Powered: 1979 Ferrari 400

Welcome to the new and improved Daily Turismo, where we don't feature cars with lazy-bones Chevy V8 swaps.  In 2015, you'll need a 3-rotor Wankel and reverse rotating V12 to make the cut...wait...whats that Mr FuelTruck?  You've found a Ferrari 400 with a small block Chevy V8 for cheap?  Forget what was previously said.  Find this 1979 Ferrari 400 with Chevy power offered here on craigslist for $14,250 in Daytona Beach, FL.



The Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, 400, 400i, and 412 were all part of a family of front-engine V12 powered 2+2 grand touring automobiles produced in Italy.  Only 2907 examples of the Leonardo Fioravanti (also responsible for Ferrari Dino, 365 GTB Daytona, 308 GTB & 288 GTO, F40 & 512BB) designed classic were ever built and they were technically not sold new in the USA. 


What you are looking at is a rare, grey-market, example of a classic Ferrari with the most hilariously overplayed engine swap known to man -- a Chevy V8.  The seller offers little details to the current condition, but it does show some war scars and damage...but...for the price of a Kia Rondo you are getting one heck of a stunning classic.  It is just a shame the builder didn't swap in a 7.3 liter International diesel or something more interesting.  (Balls Jefferson-- don't you dare recommend a Prius drivetrain!!)


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20 comments:

  1. Mamma mia! Is that a slushbox? Gelatobox, whatever. Quel fromage :(

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    1. I believe Ferrari specifically called this model the '400 Automatic' and I believe it was true to its moniker in that it had a GM Turbo 400 transmission.

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    2. Yes yes it did have a turbo 400.

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    3. Probably why they chose a small block Chev to power it too...

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  2. Hmm....liking the looks of that early Trans-Am sitting next to it.

    Judging by the terseness of the ad, the 'call for more info', the nose-high stance and lack of underhood pics, the locale of the pics and the scattering of resto/pro-touring GM hardware around it, I'm guessing it's somewhat less than complete, the owner ran out of money halfway through and the shop's selling it on a mechanic's lien.

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    1. ...and frankly, if I had a few tuits that were closer to round, instead of the pear-shaped ones I seem to be capable of creating, and forty grand approx to spend finishing the job, I'd be on this like a horny Chihuahua on an Air Jordan.

      It would be utterly bee-yoo-tiful to pull into some Ferrari paddock with my LS7 thumping away under the hood.

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    2. Good call on the mechanics lien. Unless the front springs came from the same station wagon as the drivetrain I am thinking the engine is still on the stand in the pissed off mechanics garage.

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  3. Love this CL Post; the poster wants no e-mails or texts, but doesn't leave a phone #.
    Engine swap with no pictures? Maybe that's one of the reasons why it's hasn't sold after being posted 23 day ago.

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    1. You'll get a # if you click the contact button in the top left.

      I've thought about calling...

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  4. A 5.3 truck lq/ls and a camaro six speed would make this thing a bunch more fun than the stock overcomplicated lump/th400.

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    2. It all depends on how cheap you're trying to do the job.

      Yeah, an iron 5.3 wouldn't sound like a Fazzaz buzzin-dozen, but it'd go better.

      But it's a FERRARI, for God's sake. You're gonna commit sacrilege, you've got to burn the whole temple down and ravish the virgins (heh, heh) while you're at it.

      LS7 or LSA, not sure what'd take to fit the LSA under the hood.

      And I'd be happy enough with an automatic. Fits the character of the car.

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    3. Or maybe, if you're not into barebacking the Ferrari crowd with pushrods, a BMW S62. That'd go nicely too, if the front-sump isn't a problem.

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  5. Well, this is officially the most interesting car sale ad I have ever seen, and I stalk this kind of stuff religiously. I honestly don't even know what else to say about it, but I am deeply, madly in love. Every car should have at least one chevy small block conversion somewhere.

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  6. Look, if I bought this turkey, it would probably be the first pre-1990 car in the present fleet my wife would agree to drive.

    Because Ferrari.

    But that means it'd actually have to run.

    uh...

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  7. I bet the chevy engine is in the car. It's just that much lighter. The original V12 that was in these was gigantic and with all accessories very heavy. I've driven 400i with the stock motor and it's underwhelming to say the least with comical build quality to round it off. The mush box was really a crime with the peaky V12. Just awful. Get an LS and a 6 speed in there and it would start to feel fun but that missing turn signal lens could set you back more than the engine.

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  8. It looks like that car was repainted, and poorly at that. It shouldn't be a problem to source another front turn signal lens from the local wrecking yard, should it?

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  9. Also, you can actually purchase refurbished Prius batteries on the internet. VERY cheap. Now, one or two wouldn't quite do it, but that's an awful lot of space in that engine bay and Warp has been making some rather nice products...

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  10. My guess is that someone blew up their Daytona, and bought this 400 for a lot less than rebuilding the Daytona engine.
    Then the poor 400 was orphaned until along came a SBC, and now it lives again.

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  11. Does any one know the number of the car?

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