The new Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer model was first introduced to the world at the 1971 Turin Salon in response to the radical new Lamborghini Miura, heralding an important change in direction and taste from front-engine to mid-engine sports cars. Rakish, aggressive, yet elegant in styling, the new car marked a paradigm shift in Ferrari's production cars and flat-twelve-cylinder engines would remain a fixture for the marque through to the 1990's.
The second iteration of the Berlinetta Boxer, the 512 BB was introduced in 1976 and offered several updates over its predecessor. Whilst it remained stylistically similar to its ground-breaking forebear, the 365 GT4 BB, it boasted a wider rear track and wider tyres, new chin spoiler, and simplified twin taillamps to replace the distinctive triple taillights of the earlier car. Driving characteristics were also improved thanks to a new 4.9-litre engine producing 360 bhp, but with better torque delivery thanks to the larger displacement. The 512BB was a true supercar of its era boasting an impressive mid-five-second 0–100 km/h sprint time and a top speed of 280 km/h. Fewer than 1,000 examples were built during its five-year production run.
Although Ferraris of the 1970's were often finished in a variety of interesting colour combinations differing from the quintessential Rosso Corsa so associated with the Modenese marque, the colour combination of chassis number 21881, is certainly one of the very rarest. Its paintwork is a seldom seen shade of metallic gold, dubbed Oro Chiaro Metallizzato, which beautifully contrasts with a chestnut brown leather interior, called Testa di Moro. Only four 512 BBs were painted in Oro Chiaro Metallizzato, and only this car left the production line with its interior trimmed in Testa di Moro brown.
Sold through Maranello Piemont S.r.l of Milano, the car was delivered new to a company in Turin via a leasing company in October of 1977. From there, it remained in Italy for its entire life, in the hands of just three private owners all of whom resided in the greater Turin area. Its most recent previous owner purchased the car in 1997, by which time it had been repainted in red over a beige interior hiding its unique original colour scheme. Upon its discovery in Turin in 2015, and in recognition of its unique status, the car was returned to Modena, Italy, to undergo a full, nut and bolt, restoration to its former glory and original colour scheme in the hands of some of Italy's finest craftsmen.
Giuseppe Garuti and Carrozzeria Sport Cars were tasked with handling the restoration of its mechanical components, and the interior was retrimmed by Tappezzeria Maieli. Invoices on file total over £100,000. It is also accompanied by a set of owner's manuals and its original warranty book, as well as a set of original tools. Following the completion of its restoration, the car was granted Ferrari Classiche certification in September of 2017, certifying that retains its original engine, along with a gearbox of the correct type.
Fully restored to the highest standards by the very same Italian craftsmen who worked on these legendary cars when new, this unique 512 BB is a seldom repeated opportunity for a collector to stand out from the crowd in effortless style.
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