2. Ferrari 400/412i
Ferrari presented their 400/412i series in 1976. It replaced the almost identical 365 GT4 2+2 model. The difference was the bigger engine and a few external details. The 400i was Ferrari`s Gran Turismo model with space for four occupants and a big trunk. They designed the car to be a comfy, fast cruiser. It was also the first Ferrari they offered with an optional automatic transmission.
Interestingly, the 400i was never homologated for the American market, so it was never officially sold here. However, through the magic of a grey import scene, lots of European spec 400s ended up in the U.S., so this model is relatively common and well-known on this side of the ocean. In 1985, Ferrari introduced the upgraded 412i with a bigger engine and a few improvements. In 1989, production ended after they built around 3,000 400/412i models.
Today, most classic Ferrari fans avoid the 400/412i series – especially models with the automatic transmission. But in reality, this car is a good choice. It has a big V12 engine, lots of space, a distinctive design and a decent cruising performance. Also, Tom Cruise drove it in the movie, Rain Man, which raises the cool factor. Prices for perfect examples are around $50,000, but you can find decent drivers for approximately $30,000.