1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381

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1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Coachwork by Pininfarina Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381

€ 385,000 - 440,000
US$ 430,000 - 490,000
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 27321
Engine no. F102BB381
*Original and very desirable colour combination
*Delivered new to Germany
*Restored by Dino Sport
*Recently fully serviced with cam belts

Having reasserted itself at the top of the supercar hierarchy with the first 'Boxer' - the 365GTB/4 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' indicates 5 litres/12 cylinders. The increase in engine size from the original Boxer's 4.4 litres was made not so much with increased power in mind but to enable the 512BB to meet increasingly stringent emissions targets without loss of performance. Displacement was increased by enlarging both bore and stroke, while in addition the compression ratio was raised and dry-sump lubrication adopted. The result of all these changes was a useful increase in torque which, coupled with revised gear 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 rear grew by just over 25mm. The running gear likewise came in for only minor revision, gaining stiffer springs/anti-roll bars and altered damping rates, while the already excellent all-round ventilated disc brakes remained unchanged. Inside, the 512 remained virtually the same as before but for the welcome adoption of multi-way adjustable seats in place of the fixed originals.

Road & Track magazine had achieved a speed of 175mph (280km/h) in the preceding 365GT/4 BB, and although lack of road space prevented the discovery of their test 512's capability, Ferrari's claimed maximum of 188mph was felt entirely realistic. The fact that this was down 4mph 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.'

Possessing an engine directly related to Ferrari's contemporary Formula 1 unit, as well as being both lighter and faster than the legendary Daytona, the 512BB was one of the most capable and exciting supercars of its era and is still capable of providing all the thrills that an enthusiastic owner-driver could wish for.

One of only 929 512BBs produced, chassis number '27321' was sold new to its first owner by Auto-Becker in Düsseldorf, Germany. The accompanying Ferrari Classiche Production Data sheet states that the car was originally finished in Blu Dino Metallizzato with Crema leather interior, its present colour scheme. Subsequently restored by the Parisian specialist Dino Sport, it was purchased by the current vendor in France and currently displays a total of 67,365 kilometres on the odometer. The Ferrari is customs paid in Belgium (Form 705) and comes with the previous French Carte Grise; restoration invoices and photographs; the original service book and owner's manual; and an invoice for the most recent service. Carried out by Dino Sport in 2014, the latter included a change of cam belts.
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1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer  Chassis no. 27321 Engine no. F102BB381
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