1. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

  2. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

  3. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

  4. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

  5. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

  6. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

  7. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

  8. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

  9. 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

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1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $225,000 - $275,000
• One registered owner from new
• Well-maintained car with extensive documentation
• Approximately $100,000 spent in service and upgrades
• One of only 1,007 examples of the final ‘BB’ series built 1981-1984

4,942 cc horizontally opposed alloy 12-cylinder engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel-injection rated at 340 HP, five-speed manual gearbox, front and rear independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, twin rear coil springs, anti-roll bar, hydraulic dampers, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 98.4”

Great cars are always the result of many years of refinement. What starts out as a great car is steadily improved and the result is that the design gets better and better. When Ferrari introduced the Berlinetta Boxer (BB) in 1973, it was their first in a series of cars to use a mid-mounted flat-twelve-cylinder engine. The design was by Leonardo Fioravanti and it marked Ferrari’s grand entrance into the mid-engine automobile as a road car. The BB became the 512 BB in 1976 and it got a bigger engine, wider tires, and a few body tweaks. The 512 BB lasted until 1980 when it was replaced by the 512 BBi in 1981. As the last of the line, the 512 BBi benefited from all the refinements of the models before it and also had a few of its own. For starters, the 512 BBi used Bosch K-Jetronic CIS fuel-injection that produced cleaner emissions while offering better performance and drivability. The 512 BBi also made the switch to metric-sized wheels and small white running lights were now found in the grille. The twelve-cylinder’s menacing growl now came through exhaust pipes that were located in the rear valance. Clearly the 512 BBi was the product of several years of steady refinement.

Offered here is a 512 BBi in excellent condition and finished in traditional Rosso Corso with a black interior that features red Daytona inserts. The 512 BBi’s aggressive stance was the result of Pininfarina’s design work with the body built by Scaglietti, and it also marked Ferrari’s answer to the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora. Since arriving in the United States, this impeccable Ferrari has been well-maintained and is a great example of this iconic car, having just one registered owner from new. It carries factory-equipped metric instruments and was imported to the United States with proper Federal paperwork in complete compliance with DOT/EPA regulations, a fact that is attested to by its required tag affixed to the driver’s side door jamb. Nothing has been overlooked in keeping this car perfect, as approximately $100,000 has been invested over the past 30 years in order to maintain this Ferrari to the highest standards. Indeed, it looks today just as it did when new. It recently underwent a full service that included cam belts, tensioners, and replacement of all seals and gaskets for both the engine and five-speed gearbox. So well-tuned is this Ferrari that it twice held a top speed of 180 mph for a full three minutes on U.S. Highway 50, also known as “the loneliest road in America.” This 512 BBi has also been under the same ownership for the past 33 years and has been meticulously maintained. This is a nicely outfitted 512 BBi with a leather steering wheel, AM/FM stereo, factory air-conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, fuel-injection, clock, tachometer, disc brakes, fog lights, extra floor mats, car cover, and security system. It also has all its service records, tools, spare tire, jack, and original manuals. For the new owner that seeks an edge on the road or track, this Ferrari also comes with a set of chrome five-spoke 16-inch Boyd wheels with mounted tires for club and track events.

As the last incarnation of the BB, the 512 BBi is a highly refined car that offers comfort, reliability, and certainly the performance for which Ferrari is known. The evolution of the 365 GT4 BB, the 512 BB, and the 512 BBi displays a continued path of development that resulted in one of the best road cars ever seen. For the true performance enthusiast, this 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi, with its excellent condition and proven performance capability, is a must-have.

1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
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