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Lot 12

1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer

  • Chassis no. 18159
  • Engine no. F102A00000210
  • Gearbox no. F102AB N 436
  • Body no. 190

Sold for €187.600


380 bhp, 4,390 cc DOHC horizontally opposed 12-cylinder engine, four Weber triple-choke carburettors, five-speed manual gearbox in the rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal length A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bars, twin coil springs at the rear, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm

  • A landmark Ferrari; the first road going flat 12-cylinder Boxer
  • Ferrari’s last entirely hand-built production car
  • Original engine; an outstanding restoration opportunity


Ferrari’s stunning 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer debuted at Turin in 1971, and it was the company’s first road going model with a mid-mounted, flat 12-cylinder engine, which was subsequently nicknamed the “Boxer”, for its opposing pistons. The exotic design was derived from the company’s three-litre Formula One car, and it took two years to bring it to production. It was finally launched in late 1973, as a 1974 model, and only 387 were built in the following three years. Road & Track hit 175 mph during a road test in 1975, allowing it to dub the original Boxer “the fastest road car we’ve ever tested”.



The BB series marked Ferrari’s last entirely hand-built production car. As with numerous supercars of its era, astute collectors prefer the earliest versions above all variants, as their purity of design is striking.



The car offered here was originally delivered through Australian Ferrari importer Lowe in October 1974, and it was finished in Argento with Beige hides. After remaining Down Under for 14 years, it was sold to a British buyer, and a year later, it was put away. It has recently emerged from its dry storage, where it had remained since 1989, and it will consequently require a re-commissioning before being able to take to the road again. The car has remained in solid original condition, with the exception of a correct replacement gearbox and being refinished in Rosso Corsa in 1988, and it still retains its original interior, body, and engine. It would be an outstanding car to restore, and when completed, it will be amongst the first and finest of its kind on concours fields.



The former British owner is quoted as saying that it was a fast and excellent driving car and, in keeping with the magazine’s claims, that he once drove it at 150 mph and still had much power left. Whether or not to test Road & Track’s astonishing 175 mph figure is up to the new owner.






Moteur 12 cylindres à plat opposés, 4 390 cm3, 380 ch, deux ACT par banc, quatre carburateurs Weber triple-corps, boîte manuelle cinq rapports transaxle, suspension à quatre roues indépendantes par triangles inégaux, ressorts hélicoïdaux et barres antiroulis, doubles ressorts hélicoïdaux à l'arrière, freins à disques hydrauliques sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 500 mm.



  • Une Ferrari de référence ; le premier 12 cylindres à plat Boxer pour une voiture de route
  • Dernière Ferrari de série fabriquée artisanalement
  • Moteur d'origine ; opportunité de restauration exceptionnelle




Dévoilée à Turin en 1971, la stupéfiante Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer était la première voiture de route du constructeur équipée d'un moteur 12 cylindres à plat en position centrale, ses pistons opposés lui ayant donné le surnom de « Boxer ». Dérivée de la monoplace de Formule 1 trois litres de la marque, cette voiture à la conception audacieuse a réclamé un délai de deux ans avant que la production ne soit lancée, la commercialisation débutant à la fin de 1973 comme modèle 1974. Au cours des trois années qui ont suivi, seulement 387 exemplaires ont vu le jour. Le magazine Road & Track atteignait 282 km/h lors d'un essai en 1975, ce qui permettait aux journalistes d'écrire que la Boxer était « la voiture de route la plus rapide que nous ayons jamais essayée ».



La BB correspond à la dernière Ferrari de série produite de façon entièrement artisanale. Comme c'est le cas avec d'autre supercars de la même époque, les collectionneurs perspicaces préfèrent les premières versions, pour leur inégalable pureté de forme.



La voiture proposée ici a été livrée neuve en octobre 1974 par l'intermédiaire de l'importateur Ferrari en Australie, Lowe. Elle était de teinte Argento avec sellerie beige. Après être restée aux antipodes pendant 14 ans, elle a été vendue à un acheteur britannique qui, un an plus tard, la mettait de côté. Elle est récemment ressortie du lieu où elle est restée entreposée au sec depuis 1989, et a donc besoin d'une révision complète avant de pouvoir reprendre la route. Dans son état d'origine bien préservé, à l'exception de la boîte de vitesses remplacée par une boîte du bon modèle, la voiture a été repeinte de couleur Rosso Corsa en 1988, mais présente sa sellerie, son moteur et sa carrosserie d'origine. Elle représentera une superbe voiture à restaurer et, une fois terminée, fera partie des plus beaux exemplaires exposés sur les pelouses des concours.



L'ancien propriétaire anglais a indiqué qu'il s'agissait d'une excellente voiture de route, très rapide, et qu'il avait un jour dépassé 240 km/h en disposant encore d'une belle réserve de puissance. Le fait de monter jusqu'aux 280 km/h mentionnés par Road & Track reste au choix du nouveau propriétaire.

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