1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Registration no. A65 WHK
Chassis no. 51335
Vintage & Prestige Classic Cars are thrilled to offer for sale this iconic 'flat 12' Ferrari, delivered new to California and just one of 141 final-year models. Ferrari Classiche Certified.
Having reasserted itself at the top of the supercar hierarchy with the first 'Boxer' - the 365 GTB/4 BB - Ferrari went one better with its successor, the 512 BB. For the new Boxer, Ferrari abandoned its long-standing practice of denoting a model by the capacity of an individual cylinder and adopted the Dino-type nomenclature where '512' indicates 5 litres/12 cylinders. The increase in engine size from the original Boxer's 4.4 litres was made not so much with increased power in mind but to enable the 512 BB to meet increasingly stringent emissions targets without loss of performance. Displacement was increased by enlarging both bore and stroke, while in addition the compression ratio was raised and dry-sump lubrication adopted. The result of all these changes was a useful increase in torque which, coupled with revised gear ratios, made the 512 more tractable.
Changes to Pininfarina's inspired coachwork were, not surprisingly, few: an air-dam spoiler beneath the nose, brake-cooling NACA ducts ahead of the rear wheel arches, four rear lights instead of six and revised air intake boxes, while slightly fatter rear tyres meant that the width of the 512's rear grew by just over 25mm. The running gear likewise came in for only minor revision, gaining stiffer springs/anti-roll bars and altered damping rates, while the already excellent all-round ventilated disc brakes remained unchanged. Inside, the 512 remained virtually the same as before but for the welcome adoption of multi-way adjustable seats in place of the fixed originals.
Road & Track magazine had achieved a speed of 175mph (280km/h) in the preceding 365GT/4 BB, and although lack of road space prevented the discovery of their test 512's capability, Ferrari's claimed maximum of 188mph was felt entirely realistic. The fact that this was down 4mph on the Lamborghini Countach's 'fastest ever' maximum was considered unimportant. 'That's because, taken on balance, the Ferrari 512 Boxer wins a more important award, as the best all-round sports and GT car we've tested,' enthused the highly respected American motoring magazine. 'If we had to pin the reasons down to one it would have to be that the Ferrari doesn't forget the driver. The Boxer has it all, the speed, the handling, the lovely shape, the well done cockpit and, most important of all, a reputation for reliability.'
In 1981 the model was updated with Bosch fuel injection, becoming the 512 BBi. Once again, maximum power remained unchanged but there was more available at lower revs and torque increased still further. Possessing an engine directly related to Ferrari's contemporary Formula 1 unit, as well as being both lighter and faster than the legendary Daytona, the 512 BBi was one of the most capable and exciting supercars of its era and is still capable of providing all the thrills that an enthusiastic owner-driver could wish for.
Despite the fuel injection, the 512 BBi was never approved for sale in the USA, though American customers were given assistance by Ferrari to import them privately and carry out the necessary 'federalisation'. This left-hand drive example is one of only 1,007 512 BBi models produced by Ferrari and was delivered new in 1984 to California, USA. Numbered '51335', it is a very late production car.
Sold at a US auction in August 2013, at which time it was stated that it had benefited from a recent engine-out service replaced the vital timing chain tensioner, as well as the exhaust. At the same time, the air conditioning system was refurbished with all-new belts, hoses, seals, and gaskets.
Unlike the average 512 BBi, which typically sees only infrequent use, this one has been driven and enjoyed. The original Rosso Corsa paintwork has been well looked after, while the complementary Rosso/Nero interior shows very little wear, together creating the impression that this car is younger than its 30-plus years. Original books and tools are present.
Imported into the UK after the auction sale. The previous vendor purchased the Ferrari several years ago and its been well stored since. With the value of V12 Ferraris from the 1960s and 1970s having increased dramatically, users and investors alike have recognised the potential of the Berlinetta Boxer series, and particularly that of the more practical fuel-injected models.
A large gallery of high-resolution pictures may be viewed on our website.
Office the details below
Richard Biddulph the details below
Christoff Cowens the details below
We accept Credit/Debit Cards.
Part Exchange welcome.
Weekend & evening viewings OK.
Viewings by appointment :
1980 Ferrari 512 BB with Koenig engine upgrades which were performed when the car was new and first imported new into Canada, Vancouver. It was then sent to Laguna Seca in 1980 and had the upgrades performed which included the Momo Gilles Villeneuve signature series steering wheel, the Blaupunkt Berlin .....
Ferrari 512 BBi in a stunning condition throughout! This example comes from third owner with only 21.000 original miles from new! Original and rare color black / black. Body very solid and with correct panel fittings. Technically perfectly maintained, therefore, in a superb working and driving condition. .....
Ferrari 512 BBi (Injection) LHD from third owner in an exceptional nice and original condition throughout! Stunning car with a great color scheme. Beautiful dark red interior with black inserts. Body in a very good overall condition, correct panel fittings and nice paint. Well maintained over the years, .....
Stunning 1993 Ferrari 512TR with 19k miles
This 1993 Ferrari 512TR is a stunning example with only 19k miles. Red with tan interior. The major service is done and it and comes accompanied by it's books and tools. The original window sticker is also included as well several service records. Its an .....
Ferrari 512 TR
Introduced in 1992, the 512 TR was one of the final developments of Ferrari's sensational Testarossa supercar. Ferrari's flagship model, the Testarossa revived a famous name from the Italian company's past when it arrived in 1984. A 'next generation' Berlinetta Boxer, the Testarossa .....
1982 Ferrari 512BBi
Finished in Rosso Corsa with Cream Leather and red piping, with red carpets, this 512BBi has recently been restored to its current stunning condition and has recently attained Ferrari Classiche Certification.
Originally delivered to the Francorchamps Garage in Belgium, this car .....
1981, ASI certified, in perfect condition, 2 previous owner 53.000 km,rare color black/tan,very beautiful and original interior. Perfectly maintained € 298.000 located near Milan (Italy) +39 3387258514
Beautifully Original 1984 Ferrari 512BBI Boxer: 9k Mile California Car
This 1984 Ferrari 512BBI Boxer has just 9,800 miles (15,778 km) and is a beautifully original California car from new. Red with tan interior, it's been under the same ownership since 1987 and comes accompanied by its owner's .....