The Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer was produced 1973 and 1984 using a mid-mounted flat-12 engine, replacing the front engined layout Daytona. Designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, production of the BB was a major step for Enzo Ferrari. He felt that a mid-engined road car would be too difficult for his buyers to handle, and it took many years for his engineers to convince him to adopt the layout. The mid-engined 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder Dino racing cars were the result, and Ferrari later allowed for the production Dino road cars to use the layout as well.
The company also moved its V12 engines to the rear with its P and LM racing cars, but the Daytona was launched with its engine in front. It was not until 1970 that a mid-engined 12-cylinder road car would appear. The 365 GT4/BB was updated as the BB 512 in 1976, resurrecting the name of the earlier Ferrari 512 racer.
Horse power was 360bhp and a new dual plate clutch to handle the added power, torque and ease the pedal effort. Dry sump lubrication was used to prevent oil starvation in hard cornering due to revised rear suspension, wider wheels and wider rear tires. External differentiators included a new front spoiler, wider rear tires, four tail pipes and four tail lights.
Chassis 22251 is one of only 101 right-hand drive 512 BB models delivered new to the UK.
This is the car that stood on the Maranello stand at the 1977 London Motor Show having been ordered by Maranello Concessionaires with an extensive history file with copies of the original order and sales invoice from Ferrari. With further invoices detailing the car’s service history at main dealers and specialists the car’s traceability is remarkable and all down to the meticulous efforts of its owners over the years.
Presented in the stunning Rosso Chiaro with Connolly beige hide and with an odometer reading of 58,000 miles, the car is described as being in excellent condition throughout.
With original tools and tool case along with the original handbooks and wallets and in a condition that we have rarely seen with cars of this age, it is no surprise that this 512 BB comes with a Ferrari Classiche Certificate.
The car also comes with a file containing old invoice dating back to its year of production. The last major service was carried out by Maranello’s in August 2015 which included a Cambelt change. The car has MOT certificates dating back to 1982 and is due to have another prior to its date of sale.
Drivers and investors alike have recognised the potential of the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer series. A personal favourite of many Ferrari aficionados, the 512 BB is widely regarded to be the most desirable particularly in this colour combination.