1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer For Sale by AuctionFor sale in our forthcoming auction in Paris, on 8 february 2019.
Chassis n°F 102AB 17561
- Full, professional chassis-up restoration, Lecoq paintwork
- Matching numbers, just 387 examples
- Ex Jean Pierre Jabouille, Formula 1 driver
In November 1971, at the International Motor Show in Turin, Ferrari presented a prototype designed by Pininfarina called the " Ferrari BB, Berlinetta Boxer ". The design of the engine was similar to the famous 312B and 312P, with, of course, a larger 4.4-litre engine, as used in the Daytona. It was constructed in the same way, with Silumin case, iron sleeves and a billet-machined crankshaft, rotating on seven bearings as on the aforementioned race cars. The engine breathing was assured by two overhead cams per bank of cylinders, driven by a belt. The five-speed gearbox was under the engine rather than in the more conventional position at the end, and the rear axle passed under the penultimate pair of cylinders, giving the car a rather high centre of gravity. It took two years from the appearance of the concept car in Turin for the production car to appear at the 1973 Paris Motor Show.
The car on offer was the 23rd BB built, including the prototype (chassis n° 17185), as confirmed by a fax from the factory. The current owner, an active member of the Ferrari Club for the last 14 years, bought the car in 2005, with the aim of using it on Club outings.
A passionate Ferrari collector, he has made sure the car has received the level of care it merits, undertaken by the best specialists. To this end, the engine and gearbox have been completely refurbished by YMA. The engine was given a thorough inspection and new valves and valve seats fitted to the cylinder heads to allow the use of unleaded fuel. New pistons, rings and sleeves were fitted and all bearings replaced. Engine ancillaries, and oil and water pumps were reconditioned. The gearbox was overhauled, and the bearings and clutch replaced. On the electrical side, the starter, alternator, ignition loom and fuel pump were serviced and fitted with new parts where required. The carburettors were completely refurbished, and jets, seals and floats, checked or changed. The brakes were overhauled, and the master cylinder and pads replaced. The wishbone suspension silent bloc and front ball joints were changed to guarantee precise driving. Finally the job of repainting elements of the bodywork was given to the Lecoq coachbuilders. Most parts of the body and upholstery have been conserved in their original condition or simply restored, giving the car its charm and authenticity. The current owner has covered less than 2000 km since the car was put back on the road. It has been fully run in, with everything functioning as it should. There is no need to hold back on using the full power of the distinctive-sounding 12-cylinder Boxer engine, with torque and instantaneous acceleration not matched by the injection systems in modern cars. This 365 GT4 BB, one of the first built, presents a rare opportunity to own a genuine 1970s supercar, raw and powerful.
Photos © Cymon Taylor
Auction estimate: €250 000 / 320 000