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
Interior: Beige Leather
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 8655 Miles (As indicated at time of photography)
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered, 4 previous Owners noted on Registration
THIS MOTOR CAR:
This handsome 512BBi is of European specification. It was specified in Rosso Corsa, all red, the black bottom is a vinyl wrap. 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 beige leather seating and matching color piping. BBis came standard with air conditioning, power windows. This example was bought from the UK, imported and first registered in Hong Kong in January 1989. Currently showing 4 previous owners on VRD and an indicated Miles on the odometer. Serviced throughout its life and just completed a full mechanical restored in 2023. Owner's manuals, spare wheel and tool kit included. License Mark BB5121 will be included in the sale
One of 1,007 512 BBi made between 1981 - 1984
Highly Collectible Ferrari Supercar of the 1980s
Full Engine out restore by Ferrari specialist, nothing needed
Classic Insider condition score: 88 points out of 100
Original. Mechanically restored, engine and body in good condition, well-kept and consistently maintained. Presented in Rosso Corsa, with black vinyl warped bottom, the exterior has good paint, some blemish but in a rather good condition given the age. The original wheels are made of magnesium but none of the usual deterioration spotted, old but hardly used 2004 TRX tires are mounted. The Interior is preserved and in original condition with some wear and tear from usage. Comes with original period Pioneer radio and have air conditioner. Engine bay and trunk is super clean. Sparingly used but consistently serviced. Restoration records from Ferrari specialist, Owner's manual pack, spare and Tools are presented.
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Completed in May 2023 Musketeers @ 8,612 Miles (288K HKD)
Engine Out, changing all gaskets, belts, water hoses, thermostat
Transmission Out, changing gaskets, seals
Fuel system overhaul, new lines, pumps
Restored ignition and injection system
Remove and replace gearbox and engine mounts
Sand blast and repaint valve cover, air pipe, cam-belt cover, air intake, air-box
**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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