T here’s nothing like a gold Ferrari to make a statement. As part of Sotheby’s upcoming auction, The Midas Touch on 17 October in London, a gold-painted 1977 Ferrari 512 BB, uniquely combined with a chestnut brown interior, will will be offered for sale by RM Sotheby’s.
It’s one of only four Ferrari 512 BBs painted in this colour — known as Oro Chiaro Metalizzato — and the only one of the four to have an interior trimmed in Testa di Moro brown leather.
The new Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer (BB) model was first introduced to the world at the 1971 Turin Salon in response to the radical new Lamborghini Miura, and heralded an important change in direction from front-engine to mid-engine sports cars. Rakish and aggressive yet elegant, the new car marked a paradigm shift in Ferrari’s production cars.
Sold through Maranello Piemont S.r.l of Milano, the car was delivered new to a company in Turin in October 1977. From there, it remained in Italy for its entire life, in the hands of just three private owners. 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 restoration to its former glory and original colour scheme in the hands of some of Italy’s finest craftsmen.
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