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Lot 243: 1974 Ferrari 365/GT4 Belinetta Boxer

Spirit of Motoring, Coys (29 September 2005)

The Berlinetta Boxer arrived as a show piece on the Pininfarina stand at the 1971 Turin Show. It was a logical step onwards from the 365 Daytona, which some people had criticised as too traditional in comparison to the new mid engined breed of rival supercars such as the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora. Production Boxers followed at the Paris Salon in 1973 to rapturous international acclaim.The engine was a direct development of Ing. Mauro Forghieri's legendary flat-12 Formula One and World Championship for Makes winning power units. Like them it was a flat-12 with twin belt-driven overhead camshafts per cylinder bank. The five-speed transmission was mounted below the engine.The Boxer developed a very healthy 360 b.h.p. at 7700 r.p.m., and was one of the fastest road cars ever built, with handling to match. Unfortunately, though, it came at a time when the energy crisis was ruining sales of sports cars the world over. The Boxer did survive, however, but as a tamer and perhaps more discreet creature. This was to be the 512 BB, which appeared in 1976 and marked the end of a long line in "365"-engined cars. From the collectors' and the drivers' points of view there can be no doubt that the 365 BB is the most desirable of all mid-engined Ferrari road cars - later variants were far softer and built in ever greater numbers, whereas the 365 was a truly competition-bred beast of which only some 50 right-hand drive examples were built. The rare 365/GT4 BB offered today has benefited from a 10,000 engine rebuild in 2003 and overhauls of the suspension, steering and shock absorbers in 2005 with all the work being carried out by Nick Cartwright Specialist Cars. It is presented complete with V5, MoT and road tax, owner's manual and partial Ferrari specialist service history and is described as being in a good general condition. A statement unsurprising when you learn that there are only 19,000 odd miles recorded. Maranello Sales valued the car in 1992 at 82,000. Here is an excellent chance to acquire a very competitively priced original 12-cylinder Ferrari road car.

Lot Details
Auction Spirit of Motoring
Coys, Westminster, London SW1
TypeCar
Lot Number243
Estimate£26000-£30000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£31758
Year1974
Condition rating0
Registration numberAUR 398M
Mileage-
Chassis numberF102AB 17841
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