Year of manufacture1974
Chassis n° F102AB*18035
Engine n° F102A000*00179*
- Rare original condition
- Incredible documentation
- The first Ferrari supercar
- Sold with original logbooks, bill of sale and guarantee
Despite the appearance of the Lamborghini Miura in 1966, it was several years before Enzo Ferrari presented a top-level mid-engined berlinetta. The constructor began by testing this configuration on the Dino 206 GT, launched in 1967, and only once it was felt to be sufficiently developed was a version capable of replacing the 365 Daytona produced. Thus the 365 GT4 BB was launched at the 1971 Turin Motor Show, innovative not just for its structure, but also for its engine, as the V12 gave way to a flat 12-cylinder " boxer " set-up, hence the name " Berlinetta Boxer ". Derived from the new engines used by Ferrari in Grand Prix and competition, the 4.4-litre 380 bhp engine in this model, where space was at a premium, was positioned above the gearbox. The production model was introduced at the 1973 Paris Motor Show. Designed by Fioravanti for Pininfarina, the body was a subtle mix of aggressive sportiness. Production began in 1973, and the name corresponded to Ferrari's traditional system of numbering, indicating the cylinder size, as with the preceding Ferrari Daytona. With just 387 examples built, the 365 is by far the rarest of the various versions of the Berlinetta Boxer, and also the most powerful. It belongs to the highly exclusive group of cars capable of reaching 300 km/h, an exceptional feat at that time.
This Ferrari 365 GT4 BB was bought new by the company of a banker from Geneva. He was involved in motor racing (notably in a Ferrari 250 GTO) and was a close acquaintance of our collector's father, who he sponsored. The latter was also a racing driver, who participated in the 1971 Le Mans 24 Hour Race in a Porsche 917. The original bill, in the file, records a price of 110 000 swiss francs. It is interesting to note that the car was delivered new with a full set of suitcases adapted specifically for the car. The father of our collector took on the car at the start of the 1980s and, for sentimental reasons, passed it on to his son, also passionate about motorsport and driving. He also competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2002 and 2003. He preserved this car by using it sparingly, and it is presented today in superb original condition, in Rosso Chiaro and black. The car has not undergone any particular alterations, with the exception of the steering wheel, and has the six exhaust pipes characteristic of this first version of the Berlinetta Boxer.
The odometer records less than 40 000 km and the interior is also well-preserved, with light beige upholstery and red carpets. The immaculate dashboard sports a period Voxson radio. In addition to the original bill of sale, the car comes with the guarantee certificate, service book, owner's manual and radio instruction manual, all in the original folder. The toolkit is attached under the bonnet at the front, in the slot provided for this purpose. As the car has not been driven for some time, it will require re-commissioning. It is incredibly rare to find a Ferrari 365 GT4 BB in such well-preserved condition. Now that this model is finding its position amongst the classic Ferrari, this example represents a wonderful opportunity.
The three Berlinetta Boxers that we are very happy to offer, come from an important collection in Switzerland.
Our enthusiast, passionate about Ferrari GTs, participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice in the early 2000s, after his father, who had driven a Porsche 917 at Le Mans.
He has tried to keep his cars in the best possible original condition. His professional obligations, which have become more and more important, do not allow him enough time to enjoy his cars he would like to and as they have hardly been used in recent years, they will need to be serviced. To see all the pictures: http://www.artcurial.com/fr/asp/fullcatalogue.asp?salelot=2870+++++142+&refno=10537463#sthash.7etFX31l.dpbs