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 stunning 512BBi presented in Rossa Corsa with tan interior, was delivered new to Germany where it stayed with its original owner until 2000. In the hand of a new owner, the car was exported to Canada. Requiring no modifications to comply with Canadian legislation, it remained in its original European Configuration and covered less than 50kms during its time in Canada, being stored in a well-known Toronto storage facility.
A major service was completed in 2011, which included an engine-out procedure, new clutch assembly, timing belts and tensioners all detailed and at a cost of 16,500 dollars.
In 2014 the car was imported and registered in the UK, and has since then been granted full Ferrari Classiche certification that will be available with the car. Having spent very little time on the road, the car is said to present in ‘as new’ condition and performs as it should.
Presented in Rosso Corsa with an outstanding tan leather interior showing no signs of wear, this Boxer even retains its original Pioneer Ferrari radio and graphic equaliser! Supplied with the car are its toolkit & jack, owner’s leather book pack and drivers manuals.