First introduced in 1973, Ferrari's Berlinetta Boxer (BB) is considered the elegant bridge between the front engine V12 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” and the outrageously styled, but civilized, 1980s Testarossa. With design by Pininfarina, the BB was designed to compete with the yet unreleased Countach. Lamborghini's 1971 LP500 prototype no-doubt ruffled feathers in Maranello, showing the way the winds were blowing for a new crop of 1970s supercars. The initial version of the Berlinetta Boxer, the 365 GT4 BB, was the first in a distinguished and successful line of flagship, mid-engined, flat-12 Ferraris, spanning well into the 1990s. As is tradition at Ferrari, this engine was based on successful racing engineering. Mauro Forghieri's 1964 Ferrari 512 Formula One car featured a flat-12 engine that was later expanded and installed in the glorious 312B Formula One and 312 PB Racing Prototypes of the early 1970s. A version of this amazing, sonorous engine, the 4.4-liter “F102 A” soon found its way into the 365 GT4 BB.
Within a few short years, Ferrari had enlarged their flat-12 into the 5.0-liter “F102 B” and, with that technical change, a new engine-based, car model nomenclature. The new 512 BB (five-liters, 12-cylinders) continued with the successful formula created by the first BB with small styling changes to improve aerodynamics and engine cooling. These improvements did not change the 512 BB's nature; it remained a true driver's car with a hard-edged intensity that reflected the heightened competition from Sant'Agata.
The 512's final form emerged in 1981 as the 512 BBi (injection). Even though the Berlinetta Boxer was never sold in the USA, this new version was created in the effort to reduce emissions utilizing a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system. According to Ferrari the new fuel injected engine had the same claimed power output as the previous carbureted model. Just 1,007 512 BBi models were built between 1981 and 1984 with this final fuel-injected series considered to be the most livable Berlinetta Boxers with the addition of a dual-plate clutch for better city driving.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Exterior: Rosso Corsa FER300
Interior: Cream Leather with Red Cloth Insert, dark red Piping, Cream Headlining, Rosso Carpet
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 14455 Miles (As indicated at time of photography)
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered, 0 previous Owners noted on Registration
This Motor Car: This handsome 512BBi is of European specification. Ordered by Maranello Concessionaires and produced in October 1983. First delivered in 1983 to Ferrari Dealer, Lancaster Garages in Essex. It was specified in Rosso Corsa, all red, no black bottom. It is fitted with the original Pioneer stereo and fader unit, the original Cromodora alloy wheels, and TRX tires. The cabin was luxuriously appointed, with Crema leather seating, red cloth insert, dark red piping and thick Rosso 91 carpets. BBis came standard with air conditioning, power windows. This example was bought from the UK, imported and first registered in Hong Kong in 2011. Currently showing 0 previous owners on VRD and an indicated 14455 Miles on the odometer. Serviced throughout its life in the UK and mechanically restored in 2011, prior to its departure to Hong Kong. Fully dealer serviced since, and was subjected to a major top-to-bottom, inside and outside overhaul by Blackbird Concessionaires with a total of almost 1M HKD receipt and Ferrari Classiche Certified. Accompanied by Ferrari Red Book, Owner's manuals, spare wheel and tool kit, buy with confidence.
One of 1,007 512 BBi made between 1981 - 1984
Highly Collectible Ferrari Supercar of the 1980s
Concourse Condition, Complete restore by Ferrari dealer
Classiche Certified and only ~15,000 Miles
Classic Insider condition score: 97 points out of 100
Original. Nut-and-bolt restored, excellent "concourse" condition, very well-kept and consistently maintained. Presented in Rosso Corsa, the exterior has excellent paint, all trims are in excellent condition. The original wheels which are made of magnesium but showing no deterioration, fresh (2017) TRX tires are mounted. The Interior is perfectly preserved and in excellent condition. Comes with original period Pioneer radio and have air conditioner. Engine bay and trunk is very clean. Sparingly used but consistently serviced. Restoration records from Ferrari dealer, Owner's manual pack, Tools and Ferrari Classiche Red book are presented.
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UK MOT Records
July 1998 @ 11121 Miles
June 2000 @ 12099 Miles
May 2002 @ 12140 Miles
April 2005 @12201 Miles
Feb 2011 @ 12266 Miles
March 2011 Hoyle-Fox
Engine out service, belt change
March 2019 Blackbird Concessionaires @ 13829 Miles (965K HKD)
Bare-metal Respray whole car including rear frame and underbody
Restore 4 wheels
Sand blast and repaint exhaust system, engine parts
Engine Out, changing all gaskets, belts, hoses, remove and re-finish all engine auxiliary
Restored injection system
Transmission Out, changing gaskets, seals
Strip front and rear suspension, Steering, brakes, driveshafts
Replace all bushings, shocks, springs, tie-rod ends.
Brake caliper restored with stainless steel pistons, hand brakes serviced
Fuel system overhaul, new lines, pumps
Repaired A/C unit, hose, dryer, compressor, tubes
New Clutch assembly
**Service records available upon request
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
When Ferrari debuted the exotic Ferrari 512 BBi—affectionately known as the Berlinetta Boxer—it marked a new era of 12-cylinder-powered mid engine road cars that changed the way for the Italian sports car maker. The 12-cylinder was nearly flat in design, hence the Boxer name that denoted the position of the horizontally opposed pistons. This platform greatly benefited handling with a low center of gravity, the ideal that was descended directly from Ferrari’s Formula 1 racing efforts. The Pininfarina-designed 512 BBi was Ferrari’s most expensive offering for the better part of a decade. The robust chassis construction consisted of steel tubing and a steel semi-monocoque, while exterior panels were constructed of lightweight aluminum, steel and fiberglass. To meet stricter emissions standards in Europe, the 512 BBi was fitted with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection.
The fuel-injected model produced either 340bhp at 6,000 rpm – according to figures in the factory owner's manual – or 360bhp at 6,200 rpm, according to the factory service manual. Either figure is impressive, more than enough to give the BBi a top speed in excess of 188 mph, as shown in the shop manual. The BBi was constructed on a tubular steel frame and clothed in a steel body designed by Pininfarina. That powerful flat-12 was tied to a five-speed manual rear transaxle. Suspension was of traditional race-car style, with unequal-length A-arms with dual coil springs and an anti-roll bar at both front and rear.
The BBi was initially fitted with metric-sized Cromodora alloy wheels and metric tires, but many owners eventually changed those out for conventional wheels that could accommodate more readily-available tire sizes. The cabin was luxuriously appointed, with leather seating and thick carpets. BBis came standard with air conditioning, power windows, and three-point inertia-operated seat belts. 1007 BBis were built in total.
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