Ferrari’s newest Berlinetta Boxer model was introduced at the 1981 Frankfurt Salon, and although it appeared to be very similar to the outgoing model from a distance, its biggest change was found under the rear clamshell and in the new model’s nomenclature. The 512 BBi replaced the 512 BB’s four Weber carburettors with a Bosh K-Jetronic fuel-injection system, hence the “i” in 512 BBi. This upgrade proved the 512 BBi to be much more user-friendly, making the car not only easier to start but also easier to maintain. For many clients, the addition of the fuel injection was a welcome change, and the 512 BBi is often considered to be the most liveable of Ferrari’s Berlinetta Boxer models.
The 512 BBi also received a handful of cosmetic updates, including fitting exposed driving lights in the nose, shortening the aluminium egg-crate grille, and fitting rectangular parking lights in a new shroud for the exhaust at the rear. Just 1,007 examples were built from 1981 to 1984, before production transitioned to the Testarossa.
This car was purchased from a collector in Switzerland in 2009 when it was imported to Italy, where the owner embarked on a restoration that was completed in 2014. Both the mechanics and the body were restored. It has also been re sprayed to its original factory colour of Nero Black 1240, which can only be described as stunning!
The interior was restored with the leather Connolly Autolux 8500 Black, The red carpet are still original and presents themselves very well indeed. This wonderful 512 BBi is also equipped with the original radio and equalizer Pioneer branded Ferrari.
Mechanically, the car was restored; the engine and the suspension were overhauled by a Ferrari specialist. The injection system was overhauled at this time. In 2015 the timing belts were renewed and a new set of Michelin TRX tyres were fitted.
This matching numbers 512 BBi is an increasingly collectible Ferrari model from the Enzo-era, offering style, limited production numbers, and the unmistakable wail of a Ferrari flat 12-cylinder engine.
One of the few Enzo-era models that has yet to reach its zenith among the collecting community, this particular 512 BBi stands out as an exceptional example, and is poised for further collector recognition in the coming years. Interested parties should note that Ferrari Classiche Certification is in progress at the time of publishing.