1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Coupé
£240,000 (as of December 14, 2019, 8:00 pm)
1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Coupé
|Model||512 BBi Coupé|
|Engine Size||4,993 ccm|
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Registration no. A65 WHK
Chassis no. 51335
Vintage & Prestige Classic Cars are thrilled to offer for sale this iconic ‘flat 12’ Ferrari, delivered new to California and just one of 141 final-year models. Ferrari Classiche Certified.
Having reasserted itself at the top of the supercar hierarchy with the first ‘Boxer’ – the 365 GTB/4 BB – Ferrari went one better with its successor, the 512 BB. For the new Boxer, Ferrari abandoned its long-standing practice of denoting a model by the capacity of an individual cylinder and adopted the Dino-type nomenclature where ‘512’ indicates 5 litres/12 cylinders. The increase in engine size from the original Boxer’s 4.4 litres was made not so much with increased power in mind but to enable the 512 BB to meet increasingly stringent emissions targets without loss of performance. Displacement was increased by enlarging both bore and stroke, whilst in addition the compression ratio was raised and dry-sump lubrication adopted. The result of all these changes was a useful increase in torque which, coupled with revised gear ratios, made the 512 more tractable.
Changes to Pininfarina’s inspired coachwork were, not surprisingly, few: an air-dam spoiler beneath the nose, brake-cooling NACA ducts ahead of the rear wheel arches, four rear lights instead of six and revised air intake boxes, whilst somewhat fatter rear tyres meant that the width of the 512’s rear grew by just over 25mm. The running gear likewise came in for only minor revision, gaining stiffer springs/anti-roll bars and altered damping rates, whilst the already excellent all-round ventilated disc brakes remained unchanged. Inside, the 512 remained virtually the same as before but for the welcome adoption of multi-way adjustable seats in place of the fixed originals.
Road & Track magazine had achieved a speed of 175mph (280km/h) in the preceding 365GT/4 BB, and even though lack of road space prevented the discovery of their test 512’s capability, Ferrari’s claimed maximum of 188mph was felt entirely realistic. The fact that this was down 4mph on the Lamborghini Countach’s ‘fastest ever’ maximum was considered unimportant. ‘That’s because, taken on balance, the Ferrari 512 Boxer wins a more important award, as the best all-round sports and GT car we’ve tested,’ enthused the highly respected American motoring magazine. ‘If we had to pin the reasons down to one it would have to be that the Ferrari doesn’t fail to remember the driver. The Boxer has it all, the speed, the handling, the lovely shape, the well done cockpit and, most important of all, a reputation for reliability.’
In 1981 the model was updated with Bosch fuel injection, becoming the 512 BBi. Once again, maximum power remained unchanged but there was more available at lower revs and torque increased still further. Possessing an engine directly related to Ferrari’s contemporary Formula 1 unit, as well as being both lighter and faster than the legendary Daytona, the 512 BBi was some of the capable and exciting supercars of its era and is still capable of providing all the thrills that an enthusiastic owner-driver could wish for.
Despite the fuel injection, the 512 BBi was never approved for sale in the USA, though American customers were given assistance by Ferrari to import them privately and carry out the necessary ‘federalisation’. This left-hand drive example is one of only 1,007 512 BBi models produced by Ferrari and was delivered new in 1984 to California, USA. Numbered ‘51335’, it is a very late production car.
Sold at a US auction in August 2013, at which time it was stated that it had benefited from a recent engine-out service replaced the vital timing chain tensioner, as well as the exhaust. At the same time, the air conditioning system was refurbished with all-new belts, hoses, seals, and gaskets.
Unlike the average 512 BBi, which typically sees only infrequent use, this one has been driven and enjoyed. The original Rosso Corsa paintwork has been well looked after, whilst the complementary Rosso/Nero interior shows very little wear, together creating the impression that this car is younger than its 30-plus years. Original books and tools are present.
Imported into the UK after the auction sale. The previous vendor purchased the Ferrari several years ago and its been well stored since. With the value of V12 Ferraris from the 1960s and 1970s having increased dramatically, users and investors alike have recognised the opportunity of the Berlinetta Boxer series, and particularly that of the more practical fuel-injected models.
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