Berlinetta Boxer wyglądała dokładnie tak, jak marzenia nastolatków na przełomie lat 70-tych i 80-tych. Ba, stworzona przez Pininfarinę agresywna sylwetka klina była synonimem ultra szybkiego sportowego samochodu odwzorowywaną nawet przez każde dziecko. Ferrari 512 BBi zaprezentowane zostało w 1981 roku, a nowością w nim był wtrysk K-Jetronic, ułatwiający codzienną eksploatację. W ciągu 3 lat wyprodukowano ich 1007 – siedmiokrotnie mniej, niż późniejszej Testarossy. Choć model długo czekał na docenienie przez kolekcjonerów, w ciągu ostatniego roku ceny wzrosły dwukrotnie. Za ten piękny egzemplarz nowy nabywca zdecydował się zapłacić 263200 euro (+ prowizja domu aukcyjnego).
4 February 2015
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
To be auctioned on Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sold for €263.200
Chassis no. ZFFJA09B000044719
Engine no. 00397
340 bhp, 4,942 cc horizontally opposed alloy 12-cylinder engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transaxle, front and rear independent suspension with unequal length A-arms, twin rear coil springs, an anti-roll bar, and hydraulic dampers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm.
Showing 19,300 miles, believed from new
Finished in its original and classic colour combination
Offered with a tool roll and correct set of books
Ferrari chose to display their newest Berlinetta Boxer model for the very first time at the 1981 Frankfurt Salon. Although it was largely similar to the outgoing 512 BB, the major change in this new model was the replacement of the older car’s carburettors with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, hence the “i” in 512 BBi. The fuel-injection system proved to be vastly more user-friendly, with its bedrock characteristics of easy starting and smooth running and no fussy maintenance and tuning required for the carburettors, as on prior models.
Whilst its iconic Pininfarina design remained largely unchanged, the 512 BBi received a handful of minor cosmetic updates: the aluminium egg-crate grille was shortened, exposing the driving lights in the nose, and rectangular parking lights were mounted in a new shroud for the exhaust. Production stretched from 1981 to 1984, and during that time, just 1,007 units were produced.
The 1983 512 BBi offered here is presented in the original and desirable colour combination for Berlinetta Boxers, red over black, and it comes with a matching black leather interior. This is a wonderful example of the breed, and it remains in largely original condition, showing wear consistent with a relatively low-mileage car. The car was originally delivered to Europe but later called the United States home. Recently, it was shipped back to Europe and is offered today by its present German caretaker.
Although, at one time, many believed that later-era Ferraris would never become highly collectible, the Berlinetta Boxer models were amongst the first to have proved this supposition to be patently false, and as the most refined of the series, the 512 BBi is just beginning to achieve the attention it deserves. More importantly, perhaps, is that they are wonderful drivers, with performance to match their aggressive styling. It stands tall as one of the best Ferrari road cars, and it is a compelling alternative to the Lamborghini Countach, as it is a comparable car in many regards.
This Boxer is presented in its well-preserved original condition, with just 19,300 miles showing on its odometer, as it has been freshly tuned and sorted by its current keeper, and it is ready to be both cherished and enjoyed by its next owner. The car is offered with a tool roll and a correct set of books, and it carries a current German TÜV. Now that it has passed the 30-year age limit, this 512 BBi is eligible to display period plates, and it qualifies for tax reductions in some European countries.