1982 Ferrari 512
Year of manufacture1982
Maranello Concessionaires' demonstrator and press car
1982 Ferrari 512 BBi Coupé
Registration no. SPD 657X
Chassis no. ZFFJA09C000040331
"Boxer! Why Ferrari's new 512BBi is his best supercar yet." Car magazine testing 'SPD 657X', May 1982.
Offered with the all-important Ferrari Classiche 'Red Book' certification, this 512 BBi is the first right-hand drive model imported into the UK and served as Maranello Concessionaires' demonstrator and press car. It is one of only 43 right-hand drive cars out of a total 512 BBi production run of 1,007 units.
Chassis number '40331' commenced production on Monday 21st December 1981 and was completed just over a month later on Friday 29th January 1982. The car was finished in Rosso Corsa with Sabbia (sand) hide interior featuring Zegna cloth inserts and Castoro (beaver) coloured carpets. It was transported to the UK and delivered to Maranello Concessionaires Ltd at Thorpe in Surrey, to whom it was first registered as 'SPD 657X' on 24th February 1982. The first Ferrari 512 BBi registered in the UK, 'SPD 657X' featured in the May 1982 editions of Motor magazine, Car magazine and Motor Sport magazine, and was photographed on the forecourt of Maranello Sales at Tower Garage. Hailed by Motor as "Ferrari's macho missile", the car remained with Maranello Concessionaires Ltd for 18 months before being sold. The full ownership of the car is known, with copies of all the previous owners' V5 documents obtained from the DVLA.
With only 15,626 miles showing on the odometer, the BBi passed to a new owner on 20th December 1998. At some time subsequently the car was 'laid up' until it was re-commissioned at a cost of £44,800 by a Ferrari specialist between December 2012 and March 2013 (at 16,717 miles). The clutch was replaced at 16,951miles on 16th December 2015.
Over the last six years the BBi has been driven sparingly on dry days only and has been stored in a dehumidified garage when not in use. The current odometer reading is only some 17,100 miles. Described by the private vendor as in excellent condition throughout, this beautiful car comes with detailed service history and the aforementioned Ferrari Classiche 'Red Book' certification.