The late 1960s was a revolutionary period in the world of sports car design and nowhere was this more obvious than at the very top of the market. The mood of the time was vibrant and manufacturers vied for the high profile custom of the great and the good of the era. Exotic offerings abounded from established names like Aston Martin and Maserati, but it was newcomer Lamborghini which raised the game with the avant garde Miura, a daring design which brought racing car technology to the road, albeit for the very few given its $20,000 price tag. In nearby Maranello, Ferrari responded with the front-engined Daytona, confounding their critics who expected a mid-engined layout but producing nonetheless a classic of sports car design and one of the greatest roadgoing Ferraris ever.
By the dawn of the 1970s, however, it had become clear that the Daytonas replacement would have to position the engine behind the driver in order to remain at the forefront of the supercar market. The Miura was selling well, Maserati had just introduced the mid-engined Bora and even the cut-price De Tomaso Pantera offered an exotic badge and layout for less well heeled mortals. Enzo Ferrari bided his time but when his firm responded, everyone agreed it had been worth the wait. The all-new 365 GT4/BB appeared on the world stage at the 1971 Turin Motor Show and received a rapturous reception. Of monocoque/ tubular steel construction, it featured a mid-mounted, flat 12 engine derived directly from Ferrais sports prototype programme. The state of the art mechanical package was clothed by Pininfarina with a low, sleek yet uncluttered berlinetta body, trademark details including black lower body panels and not only six rear lights but six exhausts too- one upmanship as only the Italians know how!
Mid-1976 saw the 365 Boxer replaced by the evolutionary 512, but to many the 365, despite (or perhaps because of) its raw and uncompromising feel, remains the definitive Berlinetta Boxer.
Chassis 17751 is one of the earliest Boxers made and was built for a VIP motoring connoisseur par excellence: HRH King Hussein of Jordan. Along with the Shah of Iran, King Hussein was one of the great patrons of European luxury car manufacturers of the era and most were keen to ensure he received one of the first examples of any important new model.
His Royal Highness chose a shade of light red fashionable in the period for his new Boxers coachwork, Rosso Dino, combined with an unusual combination of beige cloth and black leather for the interior which was only available on very early examples. Factory records show the car was sold directly to the King and was flown to the Royal Palace in Amman from Venices Marco Polo Airport in April 1974, having been completed at Maranello the preceding month.
How long the King retained his shiny new supercar is not known, but he cannot have covered much distance with it: 30 years after delivery the odometer reads just 6,152km, making it perhaps the lowest mileage example remaining. In German ownership since 1993, the car is described as in Condition 1 and is offered complete with owners handbook, service book, spare parts catalogue, sales and service agents booklet, tool kit and current German registration papers. Local taxes will be liable if the car remains in Switzerland.
If you have ever thought about owning a Ferrari Boxer but have never found the right car, we recommend the closest inspection of this time warp example: it has all the right ingredients.