RM Auctions: Ferrari 512 BBi 1983 – SPRZEDANE

1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

To be auctioned on Saturday, March 8, 2014

$175,000 – $200,000

Chassis no. ZFFJA09B000044881

340 bhp, 4,942 cc alloy flat-12, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transaxle, front and rear independent suspension with unequal length A-arms, twin rear coil springs, anti-roll bar, and hydraulic dampers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.4 in.

Ferrari’s iconic Berlinetta Boxer, finished in Rosso Corsa with black trim

Recently completed major service, including a new clutch

Just under 23,000 kilometers from new

Following the lead of the 365 GT/4 BB and the 512 BB before it, Ferrari’s 512 BBi is considered to be the most livable of the Berlinetta Boxer family of Ferraris. The 512 BBi was introduced at the 1981 Frankfurt Salon with only minor cosmetic and mechanical changes made to the existing 512 BB form, namely exposed driving lights at the front and the addition of rectangular parking lights next to the exhausts at the rear. The major change was the replacement of the earlier model’s carburetors with a Bosch K-Jetronic fuel-injection system.

Performance was exceptional, with a 0–60 time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. The fuel-injected engine of the 512 BBi boasted 20 foot-pounds of additional torque over its carbureted sibling, and it proved to be more tractable. The 512 BBi remained in production until 1984, and a total of 1,007 examples were produced by the time it was replaced by Ferrari’s next mid-engined, flat 12-cylinder model, the Testarossa.

This 1983 512 BBi, finished in Rossa Corsa with black Boxer trim and a black interior, was imported from Europe and delivered to New England, where it was always serviced and maintained by Ferrari of New England in Norwood, Massachusetts. From there it was sold to New York, where it was maintained by WideWorld Ferrari Maserati, of Spring Valley, New York. The car resides with its current owner in Pennsylvania, and its odometer reads just a hair under 23,000 kilometers from new.

Accompanying the car are its original books and tools, as well as service receipts from previous owners, which include the most recent major service in 2012 and the replacement of the clutch. The car is noted to be in very original condition, as it appears to have never been subject to an accident or body work of any kind and it still wears its original paint.

Regardless of many believing that post-Enzo era Ferraris will never be collectible, the 512 BBi has certainly proved that to be false, as they are quickly becoming collectible to the children, now adults, who idolized their unique looks when they were new. They are excellent cars that offer incredible performance and aggressive styling. This beautifully maintained Boxer, with limited mileage and a recent major service, is certain to turn heads wherever it goes.

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