From THIS Image Unavailable, Please Login to THIS Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Most of you on this forum have noticed that over the past few years, I've inquired about the occasional 400 series that I had found, looking to add one to the 512BBi. I've wanted one since the early 80's, when I realized that my "ideal" two-car garage would have a mid-engined Ferrari for play, and a "more dignified" coupe for daily driving/business/family. My quest began in earnest back in 2007, but my list of "wants" was fairly specific, and what came on the market rarely fit more than a couple of those wants. After passing on many, and missing a few, I resigned myself to "close", and if the right opportunity came-up, that "want" list could be effectively created. My "Want" list for this other side of The Garage: 5 speed Carbureted (no computers!!!!) NOT red or black (though I had considered a couple of black ones previously), preferably TDF Air Conditioning (Being in Texas, fairly important) Rebuilt Motor - for reliability and performance Rebuilt mechanically - again, for reliability Sunroof Enter a shop and its owner who were establishing a presence as particularly knowledgeable, passionate, and capable, in the 365/400/412 series especially, on FChat. Because of what I saw in the thread The rebuild of #40557, I contacted him via FChat PM (Nov 27) about any prospective candidates, essentially to build my "brand new 30+ year old car", as if I could order it from the factory today, but taking advantage of all of the insight that nearly 40 years of collective hindsight could provide: ...After looking for the "right" 400 5sp, for quite a while, I've decided that about the only way that's going to happen any time soon, if ever, is to have it built. I followed the build of 40557, and was wondering what a repainted, retrimmed, remotored, rebushed, re.....well, a build like what 40557 appeared to be, would run. I had started this message a few days ago, and ironically, the thread resurfaces as I'm putting the finishing touches on it before sending to you. Probably would want to start with a U.S.-registered car, to avoid the importation/title issues, though. In the thread, "are there decent 365/400s for $20K anymore?" you had stated "we'll make a nice car out of it and a very logical guy will pay $45K for it...and just drive it... rather than spend 5 years, season after season, chipping away at all the stuff that we do. and he'll have saved a ton of money, nevermind aggrevation and frustration, along the way..." which is about perfect for what I want to do, as it seems that everything is covered, if I'm understanding that correctly. Ideally, I'd like a carb car (even if we have to start with an injected car), TDF blue/Grey Interior, with nothing (well, close to it) to worry me for the next few years, ethanol-heavy fuel, dual AC, and sliding-cable HVAC controls, included. The complete list of "want" specs is a little longer, but not much. Basically, a brand-new (upgraded where opportunity/materials presents itself), 30+ year old car that I'll drive regularly.... In subsequent phone calls and emails, Brett told me that he neither had anything, nor knew of anything for sale anywhere, that was close to my list, and that there were very few of the carbed 400GTs even made with the 5-speed........BUT that he had one of them in his shop which could be a perfect candidate for building that new 30 year old car. SCORE ! ! ! ! The owner badly needed capital for his business, and was willing to take a big hit on the car, essentially walking away from most of the new motor expense. DOUBLE SCORE ! ! ! (even though I've been there, and it sucks - I didn't get near what I could have when I similarly had to liquidate some assets, either). #22579 had a few posts about it here on FChat, so I knew a bit about its oddball "Automatic with a 5-speed" intrigue, (which actually appealed to me). The resale red paint was "serviceable" but wouldn't matter - the price left a lot of room to fix that as part of its "return to dignity" as I put it. For context, I had also considered a Jensen Interceptor and Jaguar MK2 within roughly the same price range, and as much as I'd love to have one, either of two very nice 330GTs on the market around that time was more than I wanted to spend, both just shy of $90K, and I would probably use it less (Remember this for a few paragraphs). For whatever my choice was going to be, I had budgeted a comparable amount to purchasing a new M3, or even another Audi - S5 this time (both mid $50s-65K), as my all-in cost, and rationalized the finished 400GT based upon the off-a-cliff depreciation race to $10K in about 4-5 years versus a well-restored and upgraded, and maintained 400's known (historically projectable) floor of about $35-40K, assuming they don't actually start to appreciate. Plus, the 400 wins in character over the computerized appliance, every day. The decision required a little time and thought, but not too much. From first mention of #22579 to when I was committed, with a plan of action, the car bought, and Bill Of Sale received, was 3 weeks. An early (Dec. 13, 2010) email reflected the agreed-to purchase price and what was needed to "get the ball rolling" on the restoration: "it seems a Bill of Sale for the price of the car (say $17.5K) and seperate invoices for the restoration is best for you guys down there... so, i suggest a deposit of $17.5K...that buys you the car...then we proceed from there with the restoration and invoicing... sound good?" The Bill Of Sale email (Dec. 20,2010) again confirmed "the purchase price is $17, 500 USD and the current Ontario registration will pass directly from Larry to you". Brett told me that the initial $17,500 funds transfer would be used partially to get work started, and partially as a deposit to the seller, who would receive his remainder from later installments. From a business perspective this certainly makes sense, as costs would be incurred along the way. Most importantly, I had someone in charge of a restoration I didn't have time to oversee, and he had represented himself well as an expert in these cars, rather than how the Boxer is progressing with me as the one assessing and determining "Is this right? Is this how this goes?" on a regular basis. My 400 would be done correctly by a seasoned expert in 400s: It would be done thoroughly, correcting what time and others had done to it over its life, by an expert who knew what was right; I would have my 30+ year old "new car", and I wouldn't have to worry about a thing for a while......just as if I'd been able to time-travel back to the 70s and order the car my way, and still maintain all of that hindsight we've learned over the 30+ years since, though I'd pay a premium for the privilege. By January, all was well, moving along, and I was a happy camper. Hiccups along the way were dealt with, mostly picking the paint color, and when the original supplier for the leather for both the 400 and the Boxer changed the terms, necessitating finding another suitable supplier, but events like these are often parts of any restoration. Time lost to issues like this added to my 400's stay in Canada, but it was getting done. Plans were made and discussed to open a thread detailing the progress as it was happening, since such comprehensive threads, even those of the non-frame-off-concours-level type, and even more rare for the 365/400/412 series, but real life got in the way (a similar thread was planned for the Boxer, but fell to the wayside for the same reasons). However, this isn't the thread I was writing excitedly in my head for over a year, but one that screamed to be created by the car itself, once here - all $92,000+ of it. No, that wasn't a misprint. No, it wasn't shipped back to Marenello.