John McEnroe's Ferrari for Sale on eBay
John McEnroe was one of the greatest hothead athletes of all time in his prime. He was just bursting with passion and anger whenever he played. He was a one-of-a-kind player. So, it makes sense he owned such a distinct car as the 1983 Ferrari 400I. It was introduced in 1976 by Ferrari as a replacement for the 365 GT4 2+2. It’s a less common Ferrari in that it can seat four passengers, and now it's up on eBay. RELATED: See Photos of the 1981 Ferrari 400i 2+2 Car
The 1983 Ferrari 400I being sold is offered by Beverly Hills Car Club. It is most likely powered by a front-mounted 4,823 cc V12 engine with dual overhead camshafts and 315 horsepower. It has the GM Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic transmission, assuming it’s the originally.
Frankly, it’s disappointing McEnroe drove an automatic. A man who was at the prime of his career in 1983 should have rewarded himself with the five-speed manual version. However, two-thirds of this car were sold with automatics. It might have just been more available to him.
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There’s some hesitation on the part of the seller, Beverly Hills Car Club. It says in the post that's up on eBay, “Believed to be originally owned by former world champion tennis player John McEnroe.”
So, don’t pay any kind of celebrity premium in case it’s not McEnroe’s car, which has an approximate value of $25,324. No photos of the tan interior are available. Maybe you’ll spot places where he banged the dashboard with a racket when stuck in traffic. One can only imagine the epic road rage he displayed at times.
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The folks at Hagerty have an interesting caveat on the Ferrari 400I. It was never officially imported into the United States. You need to makes sure all compliance records are in place for it.
Hagerty also says the Ferrari 400I is susceptible to rust and electrical problems but only if the car hasn’t been well maintained. That should also be less of an issue with this particular car, which was domiciled in California.