1982 Ferrari 512BBi Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 43219

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Lot 256
1982 Ferrari 512BBi Berlinetta Boxer
Chassis no. 43219

Sold for € 59,700 (US$ 63,114) inc. premium
1982 Ferrari 512BBi Berlinetta Boxer
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 43219
Having re-asserted itself at the top of the supercar hierarchy with the first 'Boxer' - the 365GT4/BB - Ferrari went one better with its successor, the 512BB. For the new Boxer, Ferrari abandoned its long-standing practice of denoting a model by the capacity of an individual cylinder and adopted the Dino-type nomenclature where '512' indicated 5 litres/12 cylinders. The increase in engine size over the original (4.4-litre) Boxer was made not so much with increased power in mind (the 5-litre engine was, in fact, no more powerful than its predecessor) but to make the 512BB more user-friendly. The increased displacement was achieved by enlarging both bore and stroke; the compression ratio too being raised and dry-sump lubrication adopted. The result of all these changes was a useful increase in torque which, coupled with altered gearbox ratios, made the 512 more tractable.

Changes to Pininfarina's inspired coachwork were, not surprisingly, few: an air-dam spoiler beneath the nose, brake-cooling NACA ducts ahead of the rear wheel arches, four rear lights instead of six and revised air intake boxes, while slightly fatter rear tyres meant that the width of the 512's derrière grew by just over an inch. The running gear likewise came in for only minor revision, gaining stiffer springs and anti-roll bars and altered damping rates, while the already excellent all-round ventilated disc brakes were unchanged. Inside, the 512 remained virtually the same as before but for the adoption of adjustable seats in place of the fixed originals.

In 1981 the model was up-dated with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, becoming the 512BBi. Once again, maximum power remained unchanged, but there was more available at lower revs and torque increased still further. Road & Track magazine had achieved 175mph in a 365GT4/BB, and although lack of road space prevented the discovery of their test 512's ultimate capability, Ferrari's claimed maximum of 188mph was felt entirely realistic. The fact that this was 4mph down on the Lamborghini Countach's 'fastest ever' maximum was considered unimportant. "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."

This lovely example was delivered new via well known Ferrari dealer Samocar in Rome in September 1982, finished in Rosso Corsa with black leather upholstery, both of which it retains today. It was then exported to Japan, returning to Europe in the hands of Geneva collector Jacques Bichsel and then passing to a well known Gstaad-based collector in 1995. The car is warranted as accident free and has covered a modest 28,750km, which is commensurate with its excellent original condition. The cam belts were replaced 3,000km ago and everything is reported as in working order. The original tools are in place and the owners handbook is supplied. A period Pioneer radio cassette player with equaliser is also fitted.

Now with European tax paid for this sale, this Boxer would be ideal for the enthusiast looking for a useable classic Ferrari with supercar performance and offers excellent value.

Après s'être de nouveau imposé au sommet de la hiérarchie des super-voitures avec la première «Boxer», la 365GT4 BB, Ferrari fait mieux avec son modèle suivant, la 512BB. Pour la nouvelle Boxer, la marque adopte une nomenclature de type Dino où "512" signifie 5 litres/12 cylindres. La taille du moteur est augmentée, par rapport aux 4,4 litres de la Boxer originale, avec pour principal objectif d'offrir plus de confort que de puissance (le moteur de 5 litres n'était en fait pas plus puissant que son prédécesseur).

Cette très belle voiture a été livrée neuve par le concessionnaire Ferrari Samocar à Rome en septembre 1982, avec sa carrosserie Rosso Corsa et sa sellerie en cuir noir qu'elle conserve encore aujourd'hui. Elle a ensuite été exportée au Japon avant de revenir en Europe aux mains du collectionneur Jacques Bichsel et d'être acquise en 1995 par un célèbre collectionneur de Gstaad. La voiture est garantie sans accident et n'a parcouru que 28'750 km, ce qui est proportionnel à son excellent état d'origine. Les courroies ont été remplacées il y a 3'000 km et tout est en état de marche. Les outils d'origine sont en place et le manuel d'entretien est fourni. Une radio-cassette Pioneer d'époque avec égaliseur est également installée.

Maintenant dédouanée dans l’UE, cette Boxer serait parfaite pour l'amateur à la recherche d'une Ferrari classique offrant un des meilleurs rapports prix/ performances sur le marché.

Saleroom notices

  • The car has a sale and service book, not a handbook.
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