A Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer (BB) is one of a series of cars produced by Ferrari in Italy between 1973 and 1984. The first “Boxer” was the 365 GT4 BB shown at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. Designed to rival the Lamborghini Miura and the newly developed Lamborghini Countach, it was finally released for sale in 1973 at the Paris Motor Show.
The car was relentlessly refined, and an improved version was released in 1976 as the 512 BB, with an enlarged engine and significantly more torque. Later, Ferrari chose to display their newest Berlinetta Boxer for the first time at the 1981 Frankfurt Salon.
The 1983 512 BBi offered here by Auctions America is presented in the original and desirable color combination for Berlinetta Boxers, red over black, and it comes with a matching black leather interior. To add to the allure, the paint and interior are presented in original condition, quite fitting for a machine that has been driven slightly more than 10,000 actual miles. The engine number of this car matches that of the original delivery documents.
Additional features include being Amerispec federalized, air conditioning, rack-and-pinion steering, AM/FM radio, European specification bumpers, factory alloy wheels, power windows, complete Veglia analog instrumentation, power assisted vented four-wheel disc brakes and pop-up headlights. Importantly the Ferrari 512 BBi is accompanied by all of its books and toolkit; plus it has been recognized by the Ferrari Club of America with a Gold Award.
Although, at one time, many believed that later-era Ferraris would never become highly collectible, the Berlinetta Boxer models were amongst the first to have proved this belief to be clearly false, and as the most refined of the series, the 512 BBi is achieving the attention it deserves. More importantly, these are wonderful drivers, with performance to match their aggressive styling. The Ferrari 512 BBi stands tall as one of the best Ferrari road cars.
With its stunning presence, very capable chassis and drivetrain, and positively intoxicating exhaust note, the 512 BBi offers an exceptional ownership experience. Passing of time has steadily reduced the number of superb 512 BBi’s available; the opportunity to acquire a highly original, well-preserved example such as this has become increasingly rare and desirable. The car will be offered at Fort Lauderdale sale on Saturday, April 2, 2016 where is expected to bring between $375,000 and $450,000.