The Ferrari 365 GT4 BB was introduced in 1971 at the Turin Salon; a major move forward from the outgoing Daytona, most notably due to the mid-mounted flat-12 engine. This change in engine location was Ferrari's attempt to move away from a GT car and more into a supercar; a direct rival for the Lamborghini Miura and subsequently Countach.
There were only 400 365 GT4 BBs produced from 1973-1976 before Ferrari moved on to the 512 BB, the updated successor. Not only was the 512 an improvement in terms of usability, but also raw performance, mainly due to the larger 4.9-litre engine with dry-sump lubrication. Further improvements included a higher compression ratio, wider track and tyres to accommodate the 360bhp, capable of reaching 60mph in the mid 5 seconds.
Stylistically, the 512 BB remains similar to its beautiful predecessor; twin rear lights and tailpipes being the most notable change, but even moving into the 80s, the Boxer was still one of the most stunning cars available. Less than 1,000 512 BBs were produced in total, with none originally destined for the US, due to their stringent emissions standards. The vehicle that we are offering is a simply meticulous example; it has recently enjoyed a full in-house respray and mechanical overhaul to match the already magnificent interior. Finished in Dark Blue with Nero Hide, this BB is one of the nicest we have ever seen and certainly sits as one of the finest cars available today.
The 512 BB is one of the last carburetor cars to come form Maranello and its mid-engined layout makes it one of the most stunning designs to come from Pininfarina. These cars are not only sublime to drive, but are also fantastic investment opportunities with a long future ahead of them.
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