The Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer or what most refer to as the "BB" was released in 1973 as the 365 GT4 BB. Replacing the front engined Daytona, it was the first in a series of Ferraris to use a mid-mounted flat-12 engine. The Boxer was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti and was the first mid-engined road-car to bear the Ferrari name and the Cavallino Rampante (prancing horse) logo. It was replaced by the Testarossa, which continued to use the Flat-12 engine.
The 365 GT4 BB was updated as the BB 512 in 1976, resurrecting the name of the earlier Ferrari 512 racer. The name 512 referred to the car's 5 litre,12 cylinder engine..The engine was enlarged to 4943 cc with an increased compression ratio of 9.2:1 and 360 HP, while a dual plate clutch handled the added torque and eased the pedal effort. Dry sump lubrication prevented oil starvation in hard cornering. The chassis remained unaltered, but wider rear tires meant the rear track grew 63 mm.
The Bosch K-Jetronic CIS fuel injected commonly knows as the 512 BBI was introduced in 1981. The fuel injected motor produced cleaner emissions and offered a better balance of performance and drivability. Although undocumented, the 512 BBI is said to be Ferrari's first production 200 MPH car and in essence its first Super Car.
External differentiators besides badging included a change to metric sized wheels and the Michelin TRX metric tire system, small white running lights in the nose grill, and red rear fog lamps outboard of the exhaust pipes in the rear valance.
Only 1,007 512 BBI's were built and this fine example only shows 21,326 Kilimoters registered (13,222 Miles). It was carefully cared far as part of a very large and prominent Ferrari Collection in Southern California. Finsihed in its original and rare Bianco color over tan, this beauty will not dissappoint. It features its correct Michelen TRX tires and drives amazingly. 512 BBI values have continued to soar as this Super Car marked the evolution of Ferrari into the mid-engine platform.
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