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.
Built during April of 1982, and first registered in 1983, this matching numbers BB was exported to the US early in its life before being repatriated into Germany in the 1990s, later becoming part of the Collection Alberto Garnerone in Turin until 2009, whereupon the 512 returned to Germany and to its now current ownership. During 2012, this BB enjoyed a mechanical restoration, including engine-out work by well regarded specialist GPS Racing. We note also in the file is a record of an engine rebuild, supported by a bill for €28,000. The Ferrari now shows a very sensible 41,000 kilometres recorded from new.
With such high levels of maintenance, the BB is said to be in superb working and driving condition, the body is very solid and straight and shows the correct panel fit.
These Boxers are amongst our favourite Ferraris from all eras and this example, finished in the classic Rosso/Nero paint finish with a Crema leather interior, is one of the nicest we have seen for some time.