Revealed in the spring of 1985, the 412 model was the last one in the 400 series and also the final evolution of the Pininfarina designed 2+2 series, that had started with the 365 GT4 2+2 in 1973. The 412 stayed into production until 1989 with 576 units produced.
The difference between the 412 and the 400i which it replaced was made by a higher boot line, along with a deeper front spoiler to improve the car’s aerodynamics. Pininfarina’s other interventions included re-designed sill panels, body-colored bumper inserts, a modified alloy wheel design, clear indicator lenses and black windscreen and window surrounds.
The 412 model designation referred to the swept volume of a single cylinder, thus the V12 engine had been increased in size to 4943cc.
The 412 was being offered with standard Bosch ABS braking system, power assisted steering was available, and again there was no USA market version. Similarly, the bodies were constructed at the Pininfarina factory in Turin, with the fully trimmed shells shipped to Ferrari for fitment of the mechanical components.
The 4,942 cc V12 engine delivered a total of 340 bhp, and sprinted the car from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, and the standing quarter mile in 14.6 seconds. Top speed was of 155 mph.