Lot 296 - 1977 Ferrari 512 BB
|Odometer reading||33,680 km|
|Estimate||£330,000 - £360,000|
Production of the BB was a major step for Enzo Ferrari. He felt that a mid-engined road car would be too difficult for his buyers to handle and it took many years for his engineers to convince him to adopt the layout. This attitude began to change as the marque lost its racing dominance in the late 1950s to mid-engined competitors. The mid-engined four-, six-, and eight-cylinder Dino racing cars were the result and Ferrari later allowed for the production Dino road cars to use the layout as well.
The first 'Boxer' was the 365 GT4BB shown at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. Designed to rival the Lamborghini Miura, it was finally released for sale in 1973 at the Paris Motor Show. 387 were built, with 88 in righthand drive (of which 58 for the UK market), making it the rarest of all Berlinetta Boxers. Though it shared its numerical designation with the Daytona, the Boxer was radically different. It was a mid-engined car like the Dino, and the now flat-12 engine was mounted longitudinally rather than transversely. The engine shared its internal dimensions with the V12 from the Daytona but was spread out to 180° as on Ferrari's 1970 Formula One car and was mounted above a five-speed manual transmission.
The 365 was updated as the BB512 in 1976, resurrecting the name of the earlier Ferrari 512 racer. The engine was larger at 4942cc and had an increased compression ratio of 9.2:1, a new dual plate clutch to handle the added power and ease pedal effort. Dry sump lubrication was used to prevent oil starvation in hard cornering due to revised rear suspension and wider rear tires. External differentiators included a new front spoiler, wider rear tires; added NACA side air vents ducting air to the brakes and four tail lights instead of six. Only 929 examples were made of the BB before the Bosch fuel injected BB512i was introduced in 1981.
The carburetted 512BB is the more desirable and prized version of the 512, rather than the later injection cars with this carburetted model manufactured in 1977. Finished in its original colour scheme of Argento silver with contrasting black leather interior, this European delivered example is fitted with its original matching numbers engine and is one of only 70 cars delivered with white front lights. The present owner informs us that he returned the car to its birthplace for a complete overhaul by Ferrari specialists in Maranello with no expense spared. All invoices for the restoration and repairs are available in the file along with German registration documents and a German TÜV valid until 2017. Further details include the rare and desirable original tool kit, spare wheel with tire, handbook, document wallet and spare keys. Technically, everything on this Ferrari is like new and is showing only 33,000km.
Besides new suspension, cooling system, timing belt and seals, it was also ensured that the Weber carburettors were revised and tuned. This 512BB regained its original Argento colour and its black leather interior was fully restored by world renowned Luppi in Modena. With the detailed works of a professional renovation, it is in pristine condition, as it would have left the Ferrari factory approximately 40 years ago. The above mentioned certificate of authenticity issued by Ferrari Classiche is already paid, approved and under preparation. The original exhaust, currently being created in Maranello, still has to be installed so that finally the Classiche Certificate will be provided in September 2016 after the next Classiche session is held in Maranello.
Refreshing to see in its original colour of Argento, this highly desirable Ferrari is certainly one of the most attractive, delicately balanced designs ever produced by the masters at Pininfarina.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.