1983 Ferrari 512BBI
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"Serial number ZFFJA09B000045053
Nice condition of restoration
Delivered new in Saudi Arabia
29 000 km from new
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The history of the Ferrari 512 ""Berlinetta Boxer"" can be traced back to the adoption of the 12-cylinder V-engine by the prancing horse brand at the beginning of its adventure in 1946. At the time, only two American brands offered this exceptional engine, and the young Enzo Ferrari was fascinated by the power of this mechanism. Little by little, his name became associated with this particularity and his V12 models became the “nec plus ultra” of the production sports car.
Very attached to this engine, he even refused to put his name on the hood of models equipped with V6 or V8, he used the first name of his deceased son to create the first berlinette of the brand, which was initially shunned by enthusiasts because it was considered as the ""small Ferrari"".
But the lineage of the rear mid-engine sedan was born and marked an important mechanical and aesthetic transition for Ferrari. Several prototypes of an imposing mid-engine GT were presented at various car shows in the mid-1960s when V12 front coupes were still commonplace for the prancing horse brand.
The design of the future BB was proposed to Pininfarina who had already been collaborating with the brand for several years. The coachbuilder drew this new car based on the Daytona; the influence of the 1970s with its sharp curves and taut lines is very present in this model. Despite the position of the engine, the cabin is quite far back on the rear axle and the plunging hood gives the effect of a feline ready to pounce on its prey. Initially proposed with front lights placed under plexiglass, the final project will have more modern retractable lights that do not break the line of the car when lowered. If its design is at the service of beauty, it is no less at the service of technology with an important work done on the aerodynamics of the whole as well as on the cooling of the mechanics which gives it this rear with double hump so particular and very appreciated by the critic at the time.
If the car will make the tour of the shows (often presented by Sergio Pininfarina himself) in 1971 and 1972, it then disappeared from the radar screens for 2 years without being forgotten.
Mechanically, the first BB (365 GT4/BB) takes its mechanics from the F1 of the time with an increased displacement compared to the 3 liters of the competition and the replacement of the Lucas injection by 4 Weber triple-body carburetors.
Aesthetic and mechanical evolution of the 365, the 512 model sees its Boxer engine pass from 4,4L to 5L for 345 horsepower, that is to say 20 less than its prototype. This decision to lower its power was taken by the engineering team of De Angelis for a better return on the flexibility and the recovery of this new Ferrari.
The 512 was presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1976 but had already entered production to respond to the violent attack of Lamborghini and Porsche with their (respectively) Countach and 930. Easier to handle than its big sister 365, the 512 is also more powerful, more imposing and more comfortable; it was enormously appreciated at its release, and many considered it as a transvestite F1.
Like its predecessor, the 1982 model was equipped with Weber carburetors, but the 1982 model saw the appearance of a small letter next to the two Bs on the rear hood; in fact, the ""i"" for ""injection"" justified the change in the fuel supply to this imposing machine. The aesthetic signs differ very little and there is very little change in the technical specifications; the Bosch K-Jetronic injection does not change the 340 horsepower of the BB of the early 1980s. More obvious, the interior will be slightly reworked, and Ferrari collaborated with a renowned Italian designer for these seats now in bimaterial of the most beautiful effect.
The BB adventure ends in 1984 after a little more than 1000 models produced for its last version in injection.
This two-letter name will remain for many fans an important turning point in the history of the brand which will continue the rear-engine berlinettes until today.
Delivered new at the beginning of 1983 in Saudi Arabia then emerging, our Ferrari 512 BBi will spend 4 years on the Arabian Peninsula before returning to the South of France and then to Monaco with only 17,000 km covered in 1988. Reassembled in Paris in 2004, it will be purchased by the current owner in 2012 at 28,000 km who undertook an aesthetic and mechanical restoration including:
-Replacement of the timing belts
-Replacement of the clutch
-Revision of the gearbox
-Overhaul of the brakes
This work was done in 2013 at Ateliers des Sportives with invoices. The following year, the bodywork was stripped down to bare metal, and the owner retained the aesthetic configuration of this car. The upholstery was also redone in 2015.
A major mechanical overhaul was performed for the sale with replacement of the timing belts and head gasket, injection check and road test.
If the BB leaves no one indifferent to its passage, the configuration of our model turns heads as the original white Ferraris are rare and even more so currently. Enchanting to the eye and to the driver, this 512 BBi is a must-have for any collection and for any fan of the fantastic Ferrari adventure."