No blue jeans and sneakers allowed
Kit: Ferrari 400i
Just because the Ferrari 400i isn’t nearly as coveted as, say, a 512 Berlinetta Boxer, doesn’t mean it’s not as worthy of respect. The affordable 2+2 with the Ferrari Daytona lineage was particularly tasty with the five-speed syncromesh manual transmission. Plus, its Pininfarina-designed, angular body was arguably better done than the Bertone-penned 308 GT4’s. The long hood punctuated by a beautifully simple rectangular vent, the classic quad head and taillights, and the simple profile make the 400i a car that’s timeless and recognizable. It’s just the right car for the businessman who wants to set himself apart from the typical German sports sedan. For starters, it’s got automotive character galore, and it’s still thrilling to drive. To own one, dress and gear up appropriately. Gear Patrol has the right kit to helm this Cavallino Rampante.
Brooks Brothers Milano Fit Grey Alternating Stripe 1818 Suit
Brooks Brother’s slimmest cut, this Italian-made wool suit in grey is a stylish businessman’s best friend. Versatile and comfortable, the look is more modern with its abbreviated lapels and shorter jacket cut. Its grey hue looks good from the office to the wine tasting — but it’s probably best parked in the driver’s seat of your new old steed.
Ralph Lauren Black Label Silk Knit Tie
Owning a Ferrari 400i isn’t about overdoing it. In fact, it’s easily one of the more stealthy Ferraris to ever come out of Maranello. Your necktie should follow suit; it shouldn’t scream for attention like some bright blue silk paisley number. This Italian-made silk knit necktie is the perfect is the perfect racing stripe for your slick gray suit.
Turnbull & Asser White Double Cuff Cotton Shirt
Even though your 400i was probably a bargain, you shouldn’t scrimp when it comes to your wardrobe. Your basic white dress shirt may only be your fashion palette’s canvas, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be truly impressive. Turnbull & Asser’s double-cuff dress shirt offers up a robust pinpoint collar and substantial double cuffs that pop from your suit’s sleeves. Just keep your eyes off them as you enter that switchback with your fine Ferrari.
Tiffany & Co. Paloma’s Groove Cuff Links
Aside from your wristwatch and a wedding band, the only acceptable form of man jewelry is cuff links. And what better choice than Paloma Picasso-designed wrist candy, especially since her famed father Pablo was passionate about cars. Tiffany’s Paloma’s Groove cuff links are made with sterling silver and punctuated by beautiful blue enamel stripes from end to end. Like the 400i’s hood vent, they’re just the right level of punch to form a classic aesthetic.
Allen Edmonds Manistee Brogue Leather Belt
You choose your clothes the same way you select your cars. You look for style details that whisper rather than scream. Allen Edmonds’ Manistee Brogue Leather Belt is just such an accessory, with its subtle perforations and polished buckle. Of course, you’re probably more concerned with the sound of your Italian engine than you are about keeping your pants up, but at least try to look the part.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II
This year’s Speedmaster Mark II reissue is nothing less than stunning. And though it’s not as popular as the original Speedmaster, it’s still quite desirable — kind of like the 400i in the presence of more prominent Ferraris. Inside the handsome tonneau case that evokes the original 1969 Mark II is Omega’s 3330 Co-Axial automatic chronograph movement, an ETA that incorporates Omega’s Co-Axial escapement — not unlike the Ferrari 400i automatic that utilizes a GM gearbox. And nearly as beautiful as a Ferrari speedometer is a tachymeter scale that’s illuminated by a Super-LumiNova-treated aluminum plate. The overall look is nothing short of racy, and it’s the just the right timepiece for a spirited Sunday drive.
Prada Ankle Boots
As much as we love our wingtips, only a pair of Italian ankle boots will do for style points with the 400i. These slender numbers from Prada have a rubber sole for good traction and a beautiful black leather cut in a sophisticated and lean shape that fits just right with your slim-cut suit. Too bad they don’t make a pair with a nubby driving sole. As if you needed more reason to drive faster.
Ermenegildo Zegna Brown Aviator Sunglasses
Good optics aren’t the only order of the day when you’re driving a vintage Ferrari. You’ve got to see right and look right, and that’s where Zegna’s Italian version of the aviator comes in. Its bold brown frames wrap around driving-ready brown polarized lenses. The simple temple hinges lead to appropriately thin eyepieces that don’t obstruct your peripheral vision when you blow past lesser cars on the open road.
Swaine Adeney Brigg Cambridge Weekend Bag
No ordinary weekend bag will do when you own a Ferrari, and wheeled nylon luggage is just a no-no. The cash you saved when you bought your 400i can no go toward a travel bag that’s just plain decadent. Swaine Adeney’s 24-inch weekend bag is crafted from beginning to end by a single, skilled craftsman and backed by over 100 years of luggage making tradition. This weekend bag is one you’ll hold on to and hopefully pass to the next generation. But your son is probably just hoping for the keys to the Ferrari this weekend. Yeah, right.
Coach Bleecker Accordion Wallet
When wearing a suit, a breast pocket wallet is the right way to carry cash and cards. Coach’s Bleecker Accordion wallet is made with premium glove-tanned leather and has ample space for just about everything. Leather-lined with hand-turned pockets, it’s made to age with a rich patina and nearly as gorgeous as your 400i’s leather seats. Let’s just hope you don’t have to break it out too often at your local mechanic.