Amelia Island

10 March 2012

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Lot 139

1983 Ferrari 512BBi

  • Chassis no. ZFFJA09B000044231

Sold for $112,750

360 hp, 4,943 cc DOHC fuel-injected horizontally-opposed 12-cylinder engine, five-speed transaxle, independent front and rear suspension by coil springs and unequal wishbones, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.4"

• Final version of 365/512 series, with Bosch fuel injection

• Major service performed by Gary Bobileff 200 miles ago

• Red with tan leather interior; 16,868 miles from new

Enzo Ferrari built his first flat 12-cylinder engines for the 1964 Formula One car, but it wasn’t until 1971 that a flat-12 appeared in a street car. The Pininfarina-designed, Scaglietti-built 365GT4 BB was unveiled at the Turin Auto Show and featured a “truss-type” frame, which combined ladder and space-frame technology.

The inner structure and some outer panels were steel, but the doors, belly pan and nose and tail sections were aluminum, while the lower body sections were fiberglass. The engine was placed behind the driver and the radiator located at the front of a small trunk.

In 1976 the 4.4-liter engine was enlarged to 4,943 cc to create the 512BB, and in 1981 the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel-injected BBi was introduced at the Frankfurt show to improve emissions compliance. By 1984 some 1,007 512s had been built, and when the model was discontinued, it marked the end of an era in Ferrari history. As Sergio Scaglietti remarked sadly, “It was the last car where we made everything by hand.”

This particular car has just received a major belt service from marque expert Gary Bobileff Motor Co. only 200 miles ago. It is reported to be in exceptional condition throughout, with only 16,868 indicated miles from new, and comes with all tools, books and detailed records of its last service. Finished in Rosso Corsa with tan leather interior, this is certainly of the finest Boxers available.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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