1977 Ferrari 512 BB
- Just 4,700 kilometres from new
- Presented in its original colour combination of Celeste Metallizzato over Pelle Beige
- Fully restored by Official Ferrari Agent, Rossocorsa S.r.l.
- Ferrari Classiche certified at Matching Numbers
The Ferrari 512 BB
Rivalry — the catalyst
of either greatness or failure. For Italian car manufacturers in the 1960s and ’70s,
it was the rivalry between them that resulted in some of the most iconic and
timeless supercars ever created. Kicking the competition off was Lamborghini’s
Miura in 1966, followed by Maserati’s Bora and Ferrari’s 365 GTB/4 BB, which
both debuted in 1971. And thus, the mid-engined supercar was born.
Never to rest on their
laurels, Lamborghini stepped up its supercar game not only with its design but
also its performance when it built its second supercar, the Countach, in 1974 —
to which Ferrari responded with the 512 Berlinetta Boxer in 1976.
Introduced at the
Paris Auto Show, the 512 featured a 4.9-litre, 180-degree, flat 12-cylinder
engine with a higher compression ratio and four triple-barrel Weber
carburettors. The engine was enlarged from the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta Boxer’s 4.4
litres to 4.9, which resulted not only in an increase in power but also enabled
the 512 BB to meet increasingly strict emissions laws. The compression ratio
was also raised, dry-sump lubrication was adopted, and gear ratios were
revised. As a result, the Berlinetta Boxer produced 340 horsepower, 333
foot-pounds of torque at 4,600 rpm, a 0–60 time of six seconds and a top speed
of 188 mph. This 188 mph was four less than the Lamborghini Countach’s ‘fastest
ever’ maximum speed, but Road & Track
magazine was adamant that this slight difference wasn’t important. “That's
because, taken on balance, the Ferrari 512 Boxer wins a more important award,
as the best all-round sports and GT car we've tested. If we had to pin the
reasons down to one it would have to be that the Ferrari doesn't forget the
driver. The Boxer has it all, the speed, the handling, the lovely shape, the
well-done cockpit and, most important of all, a reputation for reliability.”
and body modifications included wider rear tyres and an expanded rear track, a new front chin spoiler and NACA intakes were
added on the flanks to cool its exhaust system, and its taillights were reduced
from triple to twin units. As standard, the interior was fitted with plush leather, full instrumentation, electric
window lifts, three-point inertia seat belts, and air conditioning.
This Ferrari 512 BB
From 1976 to 1981,
less than 1,000 examples were built, including this car, chassis 20287. Finished
in Celeste Metallizzato over a Pelle Beige interior, this Ferrari left the
factory in January 1977 and was ordered new by the ‘New Trade Company’ in
After over 10 years
in private ownership, being stored and unseen by the public, the 512 BB was
registered in France in 1990, with a temporary license ‘WWM92’, and then
shortly after, travelled across the border to Belgium, where it was registered
with Galleria Automobile in Antwerp on 23 April 1996.
this Ferrari was clearly a priority for all those who owned it, as it once
again went into storage, hardly to see the harsh sun or uneven roads, and subsequently,
underwent a complete nut-and-bolt restoration by Official Ferrari agent
Rossocorsa S.r.l. Milano. Taking place from 2011 to 2014, the restoration was
fastidiously photo-documented, before being awarded its Ferrari Classiche
Certification, confirming this car to retain its original chassis, engine,
gearbox and body, in 2015.
The restoration was
completed to such a high level, with care taken to maintain originality and
correctness, that it drew the attention of a highly regarded, German collector
car enthusiast. During its current ownership, this 512 BB was regularly
maintained by classic sports and race car authority Formula GT in Munich.
With just 4,700
kilometres on the odometer, chassis 20287 is sure to be one of, if not the,
lowest-mileage 512 Berlinetta Boxers in the world — an amazing accomplishment
for a car that taunts everyone who catches a glimpse of it to slip behind the
wheel. Still wearing its gorgeous original colour combination of Celeste Metallizzato
and Pelle Beige, this Ferrari is completely on the button after its recent
restoration and is a truly exceptional early supercar.
Price Upon Application
Consign your car with us
Our passion, knowledge and expertise gained from over 40 years of experience offers you a subjective opinion when considering either the sale, or purchase of a car potentially costing millions of pounds.
We are a dynamic, young, friendly team, focused on ensuring our clients always receive the unrivalled service they have come accustomed to from the Girardo & Co. team.Consign your car