• One owner from new
• Impeccable maintenance and care
• One of only 1,007 examples of the final ‘BB’ series built 1981-1984
• Mechanical service completed in 2017
• An iconic example of Ferrari’s road going 12-cylinder supercars
4,942 cc horizontally opposed, DOHC mid-mounted 12-cylinder engine, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, 340 HP (DIN), five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bars, twin coil springs rear, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 98.4"
Featuring aggressive Pininfarina-designed and Scaglietti-built bodywork, Ferrari’s 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer marked Ferrari’s long-awaited mid-engine challenge to the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora. With stylistic DNA rooted in Pininfarina’s 1968 P6 concept and first shown as a prototype at Turin in 1971, the production-ready 365 GT4 BB debuted at the 1973 Paris Salon with a 4.4-litre ‘flat-12’ engine derived from the Scuderia’s 312 B Grand Prix cars. A blistering performer – even by today’s standards – the ‘BB’ and its successors remain historic as Ferrari’s first-ever 12-cylinder, mid-engine road models.
In typical Ferrari practice, the BB was steadily developed and improved. Officially debuted at the 1976 Paris Salon but already in production, the 512 BB succeeded the 365 GT4 BB, with improvements including an engine-displacement increase, higher compression, dry-sump lubrication, and a more useful RPM range. Other welcome updates included a slightly increased overall length, subtly widened rear fenders, 9-inch rear wheels and Michelin XWX radial tires, a switch to four tail lamps, four larger-diameter exhaust outlets, NACA-style rear cooling vents, and a lip-type front air dam.
The 512 BBi arrived at Paris in 1981 as the final expression of the ‘BB’ series, with the “i” denoting adoption of precise Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. Performance of the Berlinetta Boxer, especially the 512 BBi, remains incredible with road tests quoting a 174-mph top end – the same as the 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ – and the quarter-mile in 13.85 seconds at 103.5 mph. In popular culture, the 512 BBi dominated posters, art prints, and even “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar’s famous “I Can’t Drive 55” rock video, capturing a whole new generation of Ferrari enthusiasts. Just 1,007 examples of the 512 BBi were produced from 1981 through 1984, when it was succeeded by the Testarossa.
Originally delivered to the United States, this impeccably presented and well-maintained 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi is a very fine late-production example with just one discerning owner/collector from new. Factory-equipped with metric instruments, it was completed in July 1983 and following importation to the United States, properly Federalized in compliance with DOT/EPA regulations, as confirmed by the required vehicle tag affixed to the driver’s side door jamb. Factory features and options are many, including air-conditioning, power-operated window lifts, a European-specification Pioneer AM-FM/cassette stereo unit and 7-band Pioneer Graphic Equalizer/High Power Booster. The odometer indicates fewer than 21,000 kilometres (13,048 miles) at the time of writing. The striking paint finish is original with the exception of both bumpers, which were painstakingly refinished after the added-in metal bumper beams were removed from the car. As offered, this very well-maintained 512 BBi further benefits from a professionally completed major mechanical service this year, with the work including the replacement of all seals and gaskets for both the engine and five-speed gearbox, offering the new owner the ability to own and enjoy this exceptional 12-cylinder Ferrari with confidence.
The virtually impeccable exterior is matched by the engine and engine bay, front luggage/spare-tire compartment, and beige leather interior, which remains impressive with few, if any, visible signs of use. Additional items include all factory books and owner’s manuals inside their handsome original document pouch, which features a smart embroidered houndstooth and Ferrari “Cavallino” pattern. Other desirable items include Pioneer factory manuals for the stereo head unit and graphic equalizer/power booster, plus care and use instructions for the vehicle’s car cover. The complete tool roll is a virtual time capsule in its own right, housed within the original Ferrari carrying pouch, and a proper black roll contains the factory roadside jack and wheel tools for the vehicle.
A veritable “time capsule” with just one owner from new, this 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi is a wonderful survivor benefiting from exceptional care and proper storage for its entire lifetime to date. As such, it stands as quite likely one of the finest modern Ferrari ‘supercars’ in existence today. Best of all, it is one of the finest to drive, combining iconic Pininfarina styling, a highly capable mid-engine chassis, and a positively intoxicating 12-cylinder exhaust note, all in the highly respected Ferrari tradition.
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi