Ferrari 512BBi Pininfarina 1981
4,943cc DOHC Flat 12-Cylinder Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
340bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Fewer than 2,660 kilometers (1,655 miles)
*The first BBi imported into the US
*Under the care of original owner for 20+ years
*Accompanied by an extensive history file
*Iconic Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer, a rising Ferrari classic
THE FERRARI 512 BB 'BERLINETTA BOXER'
The stunningly handsome and very rapid Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer, or 512 BB, was introduced at the October 1976 Paris Auto Show, although actual production had begun several months earlier. The 512 BB was the successor to the 365 GT4 BB, and offered a similar mechanical layout and exterior appearance, but with the addition of a new front chin spoiler and NACA intakes on the flanks. There were now just four taillights instead of six.
Most notably, the 365BB/512BB series was Ferrari's first with a 180-degree flat 12-cylinder engine in a production car. The four camshafts on these engines were belt-driven, another "first" for Ferrari. The 512's engine produced 360 DIN bhp at 6200 rpm, breathing through a quartet of Weber three-barrel carburetors. Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection replaced the carburetors in late 1981 to help meet increasingly tough US exhaust emission regulations, with the car's name being altered to reflect that change. Horsepower dropped to 340 and torque to 333 foot-pounds at 4600 rpm. The injected Berlinetta Boxer remained a strong performer, however, capable of 0-60 from a standing start in six seconds flat, and reaching almost 175 mph (the factory claimed an optimistic 188 mph), covering the standing quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds at 103.5 mph.
A plush leather interior, full instrumentation, electric window lifts, three-point inertia seat belts, and air conditioning were standard. A unique "single-arm, twin blade" windshield wiper is fitted to help clear the huge windshield glass. Road & Track magazine called the 512 BB "the best all-around sports and GT car we've tested".
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
As one of the earliest injected Boxers built, the car is thought to be the 1st example imported to the US. The car was ordered new by Joe Neri of Kenilworth, New Jersey. Upon arrival, Mr. Neri had the Boxer sent to Classic Coach of New Jersey, where it would receive its DOT and EPA conversions at a cost of $10,000. The Boxer is said have been lent to the Borgota Casino where it was used in period as one of the display cars. After more than 20 years of ownership, the Neri's listed their prized possession for sale in the June 2002 issue of Ferrari Market Letter which stated, "Red with black Boxer trim and black dash, tan interior. 1,200 miles. All books and tools. The car is 100% original and perfect. One owner." Another ad appeared in 2004 stating "The first injected Boxer in the US. One owner. Complete belt major service. Daytona seats, plastic on sills, like new. 1,400 miles."
At the time of cataloging, the cars odometer shows only 2,660 kilometers, or 1,653 miles. The un-restored car is in phenomenal condition, ready for the most discerning judges. The paint has held up remarkably well, as has the interior which still has the factory applied protective plastic on the sills. Accompanying the car is an impressive history file containing items such as the bill of sale, letters and telegrams from the first owner and Ferrari SPA, Certificate of Origin, a CARFAX and a wealth of additional documentation. In addition to all of the paperwork, the car also comes with its factory supplied literature, full tool set, jack and spare.
Exuding a decidedly 'time-warp' feel throughout, this ultra-low mileage, pristine 512 BBi is surely one of the finest in existence. This 1980s icon is the ideal example for a collector who is in search of the very best.
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