The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611

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Lot 218
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new, 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
Chassis no. 51611

Sold for € 121,900 (US$ 141,428) inc. premium
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 51611
Ferrari was criticised in the late 1960s for not jumping on the bandwagon and making a mid-engined road car like rivals Lamborghini. It had been slow to put the engine behind the driver in Formula 1, but when it did so the result was the immortal T156 ‘shark nose’ that took Phil Hill to the 1961 World Championship. By the decade’s end, Ferrari had all the experience it needed of mid-engined cars and knew the snags as well as advantages. When Ferrari launched the Berlinetta Boxer in 1973, the layout was fully understood, although the position of the engine was of less concern than creating a worthy successor to the front-engined Daytona, and that was a very hard act to follow.
The Berlinetta Boxer was a compact car, 50mm shorter than the 308, so it could actually be used for driving say, over Alpine passes at high speed. And it was beautiful, its Pininfarina body remaining in production for a remarkable 12 years. The 512BB had a new multi-tubular frame and its all-independent suspension reflected Ferrari’s racing experience. At its heart was a flat-12 dohc engine, which again owed its development to Ferrari’s competition programme.
Early models were built with a 4.4-litre engine, but later cars had a carburettor-fed 5.0-litre engine that produced 360bhp and, more importantly for use on the road, a maximum 333lb/ft torque in the mid-rev range. Ferrari claimed a top speed of 176mph (282 km/h) with 0-60mph attainable in 5.5 seconds For once, these figures probably erred on the conservative side.
In 1981 the model was up-dated with Bosch fuel injection, becoming the 512BBi. Maximum power remained unaffected but there was more available at lower revs and torque increased still further. ‘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,’ enthused Road & Track magazine.
An excellent example of the Berlinetta Boxer in its ultimate 512BBi fuel-injected incarnation, the car we offer here was displayed at the New York Motor Show in 1983. Bought from Heritage Classics, Los Angeles in 2002, the car has covered a mere 2,700 kilometres in total and remains in effectively ‘as new’ condition, even down to the original plastic sheets protecting the door panels! Finished in silver with red/black interior trim and red carpets, this exceptional 512BBi comes complete with full tool kit and owner’s manual.
Superbe exemple de la Berlinetta Boxer dans son ultime version 512 BBi à injection, la voiture que nous proposons a été exposée au Salon de New York 1983. Achetée à Heritage Classics, Los Angeles, en 2002, elle n'a couvert que 2 400 km depuis sa sortie d’usine et se présente véritablement "comme neuve". Même les plastiques de protection couvrent encore les seuils de portières. Gris métallisé avec intérieur en cuir rouge, rayures de sièges noires et moquettes rouge, cette 512 BBi exceptionnelle est offerte complète, avec sa trousse à outils et son manuel d'instruction.
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611
The New York Motor Show, 2,400km from new,1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  Chassis no. 51611
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