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.
The stunning example we are offering for sale was first delivered in September 1981 to Belgium via Garage Francochamps. The car maintains an extensive history folder containing a selection of MOT certificates as well as a large number of sundry invoices detailing the various works done to the car over the recent years. It has also recently been awarded Ferrari Classiche Certification, confirming its matching numbers engine and gearbox.
In 2013 the car was subject to a full mechanical restoration with Joe Macari. Included in the restoration was a bare metal respray to its original Nero colour as well as a full interior retrim in Bordeaux leather making it one of the cleanest examples on the market.
Considered by many to be one of the most iconic Ferraris of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the 512 BB can still keep up with modern performance cars of today, and this fully restored, matching numbers example would leave its next owner wanting for nothing.
- Exterior Colour Nero
- Interior Colour Bordeaux
- Drive LHD