Lot 365: Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
360 bhp, 4,942 cc horizontally opposed, mid-mounted DOHC 12-cylinder engine with four three-barrel Weber 40IF3C downdraught carburettors, five-speed manual gearbox in rear-mounted transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bars, twin coil springs rear, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm (98.4") " One of the definitive 'supercars' of its era " European-specification carburetted example Designated 'BB', short for 'Berlinetta Boxer', referencing the car's body style and horizontally-opposed 12-cylinder engine, Ferrari's definitive road car of the 1970s and 1980s was once long, low and sleek with Pininfarina-penned lines and Scaglietti-executed bodywork over a lightweight tubular chassis. In 4.9-litre 512 BB form, the 12-cylinder engine was topped by a quartet of triple-choke Weber carburettors and produced 360 bhp. Performance was thrilling, with acceleration from rest to 100 km/h in the mid-five second range and a top speed of some 280 km/h. A worthy successor to the 365 GT/4 BB and a competitor to Lamborghini's Countach, 512 BB's production spanned from 1976 to 1981, with about 929 examples built. This European-specification carburetted 512 BB was supplied in June 1980 to Ferrari dealer Crepaldi in Milan, Italy. Offered today in very presentable condition, this highly desirable carburetted 512 BB has 20,560 km showing on the odometer and is presently finished in Rosso Corsa with tan leather seats and black inserts. It is well-maintained and according to the owner, drives terrifically and is ready for any long distance tour. A European-specification Berlinetta Boxer is considered by many to be the finest variant of the Boxer range and as presented in classic Ferrari colours, a wonderful collector car investment.
RM Auctions, The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
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