Throughout the 1960s, Enzo Ferrari staunchly resisted adding a mid-engine sports car to the range. Despite the Scuderia already proving mid-engine cars were the way forward in motorsport, and the success of the V6 powered Dino (which never officially wore Ferrari badges), he remained opposed to putting “the cart before the horse.” By the early 1970s, Il Commendatore finally relented, and the Daytona’s replacement, the 365GT/4 BB, would have its engine behind the driver. Ferrari took a creative approach to the design, laying out the twelve-cylinder powerplant in a 180-degree “boxer” format, placed atop the five-speed gearbox to keep nearly all the drivetrain’s mass within the wheelbase. The 365 BB evolved into the 512 Berlinetta Boxer in 1976, which featured an enlarged 5-liter engine and lightly revised styling. The final evolution came in 1981 with the addition of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection to create the 512 BBi. Output remained the same at 335 horsepower, but the Bosch injection brought a welcome dose of flexibility and reliability.
This 1984 example is from the final year of 512 BBi production, showing just over 24,000 KM from new. Like all 512 Boxers, this European-specification car was privately imported to the USA, as the model was never officially sold on our shores. It is offered in excellent condition, with a well-documented service history. Finished in Rosso Corsa over black leather upholstery, it is beautifully presented and well-detailed with original fittings and features. Documents show it was imported to the USA and titled in New York in 1987, but it returned to Switzerland shortly thereafter, where it lived through the 1990s and into the early 2000s. It was acquired out of Canada by the most recent owner in approximately 2014. In the most recent owner’s care, it has been exceptionally well maintained, with most of the service work entrusted to the Ferrari specialists Motion Products of Neenah, Wisconsin.
Cosmetically it is in excellent condition all around, with lovely Rosso Corsa paintwork displaying consistent finish quality. Later fuel-injected models are distinguished by their full-body color treatment in place of the black bumpers/sills of the earlier models, which gives the BBi a fresh and cohesive appearance. The clamshell bodywork fits well and is properly detailed with original Vitaloni mirrors, amber front lamps covers, and front/rear factory fog lights. The factory center-locking Cromodora alloys wear period-correct Michelin TRX radials and are all in excellent order all around.
In classic 1980s fashion, the two-seat cockpit is awash in black leather, vinyl, and carpet. The seats were reupholstered by Motion Products in 2017 using factory correct materials, and present in excellent condition with virtually no creasing or wear noted in the leather. Carpets, vinyl-covered sills, and the black door panels are all in excellent original condition, with minimal wear pointing to a cherished, well-maintained existence. Toggles, sliders, and knobs in the center console control the factory A/C and ventilation system and power windows. The leather-covered dash is in good condition, showing some minor shrinking around the glovebox, which is quite common on these cars. Original Veglia gauges, with their signature orange numerals and needles, are excellent. This car retains its factory Pioneer AM/FM/cassette stereo, complete with Ferrari-branded graphic equalizer - perfect for belting out your favorite Top 40 hits from 1984. The original owner’s manual, radio manual tool kit, and jack accompany the sale.
Under the clamshell engine cover sits the 5-liter, fuel-injected flat-twelve. Substantial receipts from Motion Products reveal that the owner spared no expense to ensure the car is well sorted for regular enjoyment. Notable service items include a new clutch, a complete exhaust system (including headers), rebuilt CV axles in 2014, and new Bosch fuel injectors in 2015. It was treated to a major service near the end of 2018, encompassing a new timing belt kit, cam seals, new inner/outer valve springs, new water pump housing, and much more. In mid-2019, the CIS fuel distributors were rebuilt. During each service interval, the engine was expertly cleaned and detailed to ensure a tidy and factory-correct presentation.
In recent years, Ferrari’s Berlinetta Boxers have come into their own as serious collector cars. As the series’s final evolution, the 512 BBi combines the iconic styling and excellent handling with a welcome dose of refinement. With extensive service history and highly attractive presentation, this desirable 512 BBi is a superb example of Ferrari’s flagship Boxer-powered supercar.
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