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Lot 60
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi


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• 4,350 documented miles from new
• 1 of 1,007 512 BBi models produced
• Iconic Pininfarina-designed 12-cylinder Ferrari
• Classiche certified


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5.0L DOHC flat 12-cylinder engine, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, 340 HP at 6,000 RPM, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 98.4”

The 365 GT4 BB was revealed to the public in 1974. The name translated to 365 cubic-centimetres per cylinder, grand touring, four-cam Berlinetta Boxer. The 4.4-litre flat-12 was mid-mounted, and it was the first Ferrari use of a toothed belt to drive the overhead camshafts. Like its predecessors, the 365 GT4 BB used steel for the main structure and aluminum for the hood, doors and engine access cover. Suspension was all independent, along with a multi-tube chassis using square and rectangular sections that were much easier for the factory to fabricate.

Ferrari built upon the success of the 365 GT4 BB beginning in late 1976 with the introduction of the 512 BB. The name reverted to Ferrari’s more typical litres/cylinders nomenclature. The new 512 featured a small chin spoiler in front, NACA ducts on the lower body sides ahead of the rear wheels, four taillights, in lieu of six, and a tail 1.5 inches longer. Introduced to the public at the 1981 Frankfurt Salon, the new 512 BBi offered the advanced and reliable Bosch K-Jetronic fuel-injection system for the first time in a 12-cylinder Ferrari, hence the “i” in its nomenclature. A handful of cosmetic upgrades accompanied the new model. Exposed driving lights were added at the front, and rectangular parking lights were fitted adjacent to the exhausts at the rear. For Ferrari enthusiasts, the addition of the fuel injection was a welcome change, and the 512 BBi is widely considered to be the most refined of Ferrari’s Berlinetta Boxers.

The change from carburetors to fuel injection brought an approximate increase of 20 foot-pounds of torque, helping the engine to feel much more tractable overall. Performance remained extraordinary, and the 512 BBi could reach 60 mph from a dead start in just 5.4 seconds, leading to an estimated top speed of 174 mph. By the time production came to an end and the 512 BBi was replaced with the Testarossa, Ferrari had built just 1,007 examples. Today, the 512 series is now lauded as being among Ferrari’s last road cars completely built by hand and the car that signaled Ferrari’s acceptance of non-competition mid-engine technology. Sergio Scaglietti, whose firm made the bodies, noted, “It was something special. It was the last car where we made everything by hand.” Aside from the twelve-cylinder wail behind your ears and the sharp Pininfarina lines, the Boxer is also appealing, as many Ferraris are, as a car that’s comfortable as well as fast.

This exceptional 512 BBi was imported new by Kessler Motors of Manhattan, New York in May of 1983. In 2020, this rare Ferrari was treated to a comprehensive exterior cosmetic restoration that consisted of a complete disassembly, including glass removal, then stripped to bare metal. All new rubber moldings, new gaskets and new weatherstripping were carefully installed upon reassembly in an effort to create one of the best 512 BBi cars in existence. More recently, a proper, full engine-out mechanical service was performed, and the receipts are included with the car. Since then, the car has been driven less than 50 miles. Finished exquisitely in Rosso Corsa with a contrasting black leather interior that features red seat inserts, this Ferrari is simply stunning. With super-low mileage, a Classiche certification, and having been cosmetically refreshed and recently serviced, this 512 BBi is the perfect choice for the astute Ferrari enthusiast that demands quality.

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