360 bhp, 4,942 cc DOHC horizontally opposed 12-cylinder engine with four Weber triple-choke carburettors, five-speed manual transaxle, front and rear unequal-length A-arm suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm
Retains its original engine and gearbox
Presented in its original colour combination
Well-preserved, older restoration
Recently serviced by Carrozzeria Sport Cars
Going toe-to-toe with Lamborghini’s Miura meant that Ferrari had to produce a mid-engined car. The 365 GT4 BB was unveiled at the 1971 Turin Auto Show and offered unique new styling, a mid-engined layout, and a flat twelve-cylinder engine. After four years of production, Ferrari sought to up the ante and shoehorned a larger engine into the gorgeous Berlinetta Boxer platform. The 512 BB appeared largely similar to its predecessor but offered a much larger engine and performance, with a 0–100 km/h time in the mid-five-second range and a top speed of 280 km/h.
Produced for the 1977 model year, chassis number 22401 was originally finished in Rosso Corsa over a beige (VM 3218) leather interior. Little is known of the car’s early ownership history, but it was reported to have been restored some 13 years ago and seldom driven since. The car’s odometer currently reads just 141 kilometres, believed to be since the completion of the restoration. Prior to the sale, the 512 BB was shipped to the Ferrari specialists at Carrozzeria Sport Cars in Modena for a full service and to be returned to running and driving condition.
With fewer than 1,000 examples produced, the 512 BB offered a host of welcome improvements, including improved performance. As the last carburetted V-12 offered by Ferrari before production transitioned to the fuel-injected BBi, this variant is cherished by many enthusiasts as the most potent Berlinetta Boxer that money can buy.