1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Coupe
1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Coupe
Model 512 BBi
Ext. Color Red
Int. Color Black
Run Number: S747
Consignment Number: 9113
Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale June 2nd - 4th, 2017 at Russo and Steele's 5th Annual Newport Beach, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Featuring muscular bodywork designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, Ferrari's 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer marked Ferrari's long-awaited mid-engine challenge to the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora. With styling rooted in Pininfarina's 1968 P6 concept car and debuted as a prototype in 1971 at Turin, the production 365 GT4 BB debuted at Paris in 1973 Paris Salon with 'flat-12' power based on the Scuderia's 312 B GP cars. A massive performer, the 'BB' and its successors are significant as Ferrari's first 12-cylinder, mid-engine road models.
In typical Ferrari practice, the BB was steadily developed and improved, with many updates culminating in the 512 BBi which arrived at Paris in 1981. As the final form of the 'BB' series, the i denoting its new Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. Performance remains electrifying with road tests quoting top speeds matching the old front-engine 'Daytona'. The 512 BBi also dominated posters, magazine covers, and even Red Rocker Sammy Hagar's I Can't Drive 55 music video, capturing a new generation of Ferrari enthusiasts. Just 1,007 examples of the 512 BBi were produced from 1981 through 1984, when the Testarossa eventually succeeded it.
This late-production Ferrari 512 BBi was built during the latter part of 1983 and then first sold and registered in 1984 in California, where it has remained under single-owner care since 1985. As originally intended by Ferrari, this Berlinetta Boxer has been properly enjoyed by the owner on cross-country road trips along blue and gray roads almost annually and he stated to us, ...the 'Boxer' nickname fits the car perfectly as it bulges like a bruiser, being tough, brawny, and designed for pure driving enjoyment with no concessions to practicality. After all, it was the ultimate expression of Ferrari's first mid-engine production model sporting an F1-derived Flat-12 powerplant and marks the most exotic Ferrari model of the era. Colors are excellent, with the Boxer finished in iconic red paint with black 'Boxer' lower surfaces and black upholstery including 'Daytona' seats with red stripes.
As offered, this 512 BBi benefits from almost 100,000 dollars invested over the past 30-plus years into various improvements, maintenance work, and replacements. A recent full service, including cam belts and tensioners, makes this true road-warrior rocket ready for continued enjoyment and adventurous road trips on command. Included with the Boxer are the owner's manual, tool pouches 1 for hand tools and 1 for wheel changes, the space-saver spare wheel/tire, cargo-compartment panels and covers, extra floor mats, and a car cover. Numerous records, including invoices and receipts will be provided upon request following the Boxer's sale. However, the original Metric wheels are not included. Offered from a true enthusiast, this 512 BBi is not only capable of reaching 180 mph, it has accomplished the feat twice with the owner at the wheel, on U.S. Highway 50, aka The Loneliest Road in America. While reaching this velocity is something to aim for, holding that speed for 3 full minutes in confidence is another matter and an unforgettable experience. Few supercars of any era can boast of this performance, but this 512 BBi is proven to deliver!