1974 FERRARI 365GT4 BB
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 183
Year : 1974
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : automatic
RHD
Registration No. : AVS 471N
Chassis No. : F102AB 18259
Engine No. : F102A 000 00259
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

 

The first Boxer was the 365 GT4 BB shown at the 1971 Turin
Motor Show. Designed to rival the Lamborghini Miura and the newly
developed Lamborghini Countach, it was finally released for sale in
1973 at the Paris Motor Show. 387 were built, of which 88 were
righthand drive (58 for the UK market), making it the rarest of all
Berlinetta Boxers. The Pininfarina-designed body followed the P6
show car with popup headlights. 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. It has 380 hp
which is also slightly higher than the Daytona. 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.

Manufactured by Ferrari in December 1974, chassis 18259 is one
of the 58 righthand drive, UK delivered, cars produced; it was
delivered to UK importer, Maranello Concessionaires, in January
1975 and first registered in the UK at the time. According to the
copies of the build sheets and correspondence from Tony Willis of
Maranello Concessionaires Archive, chassis 18259 is finished in its
original colour scheme of Azzuro blue with a Nero hide interior and
the engine number matches that of the factory records; the body
number '253' located on the rear engine cover, front bonnet and
door handles also match that of the factory records.

Further correspondences in the file include a copy of the
original order from HR Owen to Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. on
14th August 1974, a confirmation of the order from
Ferrari in Modena on 9th September 1974 to Maranello
Concessionaires and a copy of the original delivery letter on
2nd January 1975 detailing the purchase price of £9,765
and Ferrari records confirming the car was eventually destined for
Singapore after its arrival in the UK.

The car returned to the UK in the mid 1980s and purchased by
British Hotelier and collector, Sonu Shivdasani. Chassis 18259 was
in good company with a Ferrari 246GTS Dino, a 1973 Porsche 911RS, a
Bentley S3 Radford and a further 365GT4 BB also in the
collection.

Correspondence in the file includes a recent email from Mr
Shivdasani confirming his purchase of the car from either the
Sultan of Brunei of the King of Malaysia and a letter from
Maranello Concessionaires in 1993 to Mr Shivdasani confirming the
lack of early history was due to the very low mileage the car had
covered since 1975 along with period photographs showing the car
fitted with a rare Ansa sports exhaust which still adorns the car
today. The car remained in his ownership until the mid 1990s, but
during his tenure in early 1994, work was carried out by Prowess
Racing totalling over £2,253 for engine work.

According to Prowess, the symptoms of the car not running
correctly were due to a period of storage for some time. In 1995,
the car was sold to Paul Simon with a recorded mileage of 1,550
miles and is now showing 4,092 miles. Bills from Ferrari specialist
John Etheridge from October 2001, contained within the file, are
totalling £5,957 and further work carried out by Official Ferrari
dealer Francorchamps Motors of Brussels in 2006 are totalling
€8,800.

Chassis 18259 was laid up for a number of years until earlier
this year; it has subsequently undergone a full re-spray in its
original colour scheme of Azzuro blue as well as a re-trim and
engine out overhaul including  replacing exhaust valves and
rebuilding the cylinder heads by Ferrari specialist Neal Lucas in
Camberley, Surrey.

One of the rarest Ferraris produced; this righthand drive
example is striking in its original Azzuro livery which makes a
welcome change to the more common red; this is a highly collectible
Ferrari. 
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170