18-19 August 2017

Offered from the Ferrari Performance Collection

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Lot 221

1984 Ferrari 512 BBi

  • Chassis no. ZFFJA09B000048723

Sold for $429,000

  • Winner of multiple FCA awards
  • Only 911 original kilometers
  • Featured in the January 2008 issue of Cavallino magazine
  • Documented with Certificate of Origin, and import/federalization paperwork
  • Accompanied by manuals and complete tool kit

According to a German Certificate of Origin dated 17 January 1984, chassis number 48723 was sold to Charles Hirsch of Classic Autos of New England via Auto-König in Regensburg, Germany. Shipping paperwork clarifies the Ferrari was imported to New York City aboard the SS Rigoletto on 2 February by Jake Kaplan of Providence, Rhode Island, one of the area’s longtime retailers of European sports cars. Approved by the EPA for federal use on 12 June 1984, the berlinetta is believed to have passed into local ownership, as it remained in the area more than 10 years later. Interestingly, when federalized, the gauges were switched to MPH, though the odometer continues to clock in kilometers.

By early 1997 the 512 BBi was owned by Dr. Albert Carlotti Jr. of East Greenwich, New York, and when he submitted the car in April to I.F.S. Inc. in South Easton, Massachusetts, for a major engine overhaul, it had reportedly not run in five years. Remarkably enough, the odometer displayed only 124 kilometers. Invoices indicate that Dr. Carlotti retained possession until at least October 2003, and by early 2006 the car was acquired by R. Duncan McPherson of Charlotte, North Carolina.

McPherson then embarked on a personal quest to win several FCA awards, as later explained in an article he penned for the January 2008 issue of Cavallino magazine, in which 48723 is prominently featured. The owner’s triumph transpired in May 2006 at the FCA’s Annual Meeting at Chantilly, Virginia, and Summit Point Raceway, where the BBi won a Platinum class award, the Coppa Bella Macchina Award, and the Coppa GT award. In June 2011, McPherson presented the car at the FCA’s Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, winning the Forte Award. In September 2012, he displayed the car at the 7th annual Charlotte Area Ferrari Enthusiasts (CAFE) at Morrison event.

Acquired by the consignor in late 2015, the Berlinetta Boxer was treated to an extensive engine refurbishment in late 2016 by the experts at Continental AutoSports, the famed Illinois Ferrari dealership. Their work also included a general service and the mounting of correct new Michelin TRX tires.

Accompanied by original users’ manuals in the proper pouch and a complete tool kit, and currently displaying just 911 kilometers, this beautifully presented Berlinetta Boxer would make a scintillating addition to any sports car collection.


Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be sold to a dealer or out-of-state resident.

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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