Ferrari’s 400-series of grand tourers were never really a hit with enthusiasts, contributing to historically low prices on the used market. But perhaps the reason for slow sales is because they weren’t pickup trucks and they didn’t have a Chevy V8 under the hood, this Ferrari “El-Cavallino” pickup truck (ute, if you prefer) addresses both of those problems.
The vehicle was built for the TV show Ultimate Wheels back in 2013 and was previously for sale on Bonham’s the Market with an estimated value between £15,000 – £20,000.
Instead of the sonorous V12 engine under the hood, a Chevy small black takes up 2/3 of the space of the engine bay. The swap was likely relatively easy, as the 412i is fitted with a GM Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission from the factory.
As standard, the 412i made 335 horsepower from its dual-overhead-cam fuel-injected 4.9-liter V12. Despite the fancy scoop, we’re guessing this bowtie block is stock. The rocker cover design suggests that the engine was likely sourced from a third-generation Camaro, which means a whopping 225 horsepower.
But we’re sure the new owner will appreciate the cost savings at the repair shop, especially now that all the complicated fuel injection of the original motor has been thrown out in favor of a 4bbl Rochester carburetor.
Any semblance of a grand tourer has been stripped from this Ferrari, not the least of which due to the lack of a full-length exhaust, with the headers basically just dumping right behind the front wheels.
If it wasn’t enough to remove the holy grail of engines to install a Chevy V8, the builders also chopped a few inches out of the roof and ditched the trunk lid, to make the Ferrari into a pseudo-El Camino.
We have to admit, moving the C-pillar forward improves the looks of the Pininfarina-styled 2+2 slightly, even if it means the elimination of the rear seats. It’s not likely that anybody would be sitting in the back anyway, making the truck bed a much more useful addition.
The teak decking in the bed suggests that you probably shouldn’t be hauling dirty engines and oil car bits, but instead maybe things like big flower pots and picnic baskets. At any rate, the vehicle is certainly unique, and we’re sure the new owner will be be the center of attention anywhere the El-Cavallino takes them.
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