What you’re looking at here is Genesis – if Genesis had a lot of blank pages between it and the rest of the bible, that is. It’s Ferrari’s first foray into four-wheel drive, way back in 1987.
One of just two, hand-built prototypes that predate the complex 4WD FF by nearly 30 years, the 408 4RM signalled Ferrari’s first crack at reinventing four-wheel drive with a complex, hydraulically operated system.
It would have been a bit of a corker, we think. Ferrari was truly on form at that stage (F40, anyone?) and there are signs of that genius in the 4RM, too. A rear-mid-mounted, quad-cam, four-litre V8 was good for 300bhp, and it was dry-sumped to keep the oil where it needed to be in the corners. And, considering it was propelling just 1340 kilos, it’d be pretty brisk, to say the least.
Finally, the 4RM boasted fully independent, dual-wishbone suspension front and rear, plus a four-wheel-drive system, which would have made for quite the B-road belter indeed.