ENGINE NO. 5.0-Liter DOHC Flat 12-Cylinder Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
340bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension 4-Wheel Disc Brake
*Highly original example, retaining most of its factory finishes
*Just 44,795 miles on the odometer, at the time of cataloging
*One of 1,007 512 BBi models produced
*Iconic Pininfarina designed 12-Cylinder Ferrari
THE FERRARI 512 BB 'Berlinetta Boxer'
The stunningly handsome and very rapid Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer, or 512 BB, was introduced at the October 1976 Paris Auto Show, although actual production had begun several months earlier. The 512 BB was the successor to the 365 GT4 BB, and offered a similar mechanical layout, and exterior appearance, but with the addition of a new front chin spoiler and NACA intakes on the flanks.
There were now just four taillights instead of six.
Most notably, the 365BB/512BB series was Ferrari's first with a 180-degree flat 12-cylinder engine in a production car. The four camshafts on these engines were belt-driven, another "first" for Ferrari. The 512's engine produced 360 DIN bhp at 6,200 rpm, breathing through a quartet of Weber three-barrel carburetors. Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection replaced the carburetors in late 1981, to help meet increasingly tough US exhaust emission regulations, with the car's name being altered to reflect that change. Horsepower dropped to 340 and torque to 333 foot-pounds at 4,600 rpm. The injected Berlinetta Boxer remained a strong performer however, capable of 0-60 from a standing start in six seconds flat and reaching almost 175 mph (the factory claimed an optimistic 188 mph), covering the standing quarter mile in 14.2 seconds at 103.5 mph. A plush leather interior, full instrumentation, electric window lifts, three-point inertia seat belts, and air conditioning were standard. A unique "single-arm, twin blade" windshield wiper is fitted to help clear the huge windshield glass. Road & Track magazine called the 512 BB "the best all-around sports and GT car we've tested".T
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This stunning 512 BBi was completed in 1982 and delivered new in France.
The car's early history is unknown, although it was evidently imported to the United States in 2019.
As presented today, this 512 BBi retains many of its factory-correct finishes throughout, including its Rosso Corsa paintwork, supremely rare Nero Stoffa "Zegna" upholstery from designer Ermenegildo Zegna, Pioneer audio system with equalizer, distinctive French-market Amber Cibie fog lamps, Vitaloni mirrors, and the car's correct center-mount wheels.
This 'Berlinetta Boxer' presents beautifully inside and out, and it is very apparent upon close inspection, that the car has been fastidiously cared for.
Just 71,672 kilometers (44,795 miles) are recorded on the odometer at the time of cataloging, believed to be original when inspecting the car.
Original factory-applied decals and ID plates remain intact, and the front compartment contains factory finishes, including the original Michelin space-saver spare tire.
On a recent test drive by a Bonhams specialist, the Ferrari performed very well, with smooth shifting and a feeling of a very original, tight, and unmolested car. This opportunity to find a 512 BBi with such originality should not be missed