1979 Ferrari 512 BB, fully restored, with just 22,000 miles For Sale
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|A stunning fully restored Ferrari 512 BB with just 22,000 miles and Classiche Certification|
The Ferrari BB was first introduced in 1971 at the Turin Salon as the 365 GT4 BB and was a major move forward from the outgoing Daytona, most notably due to the mid-mounted flat-12 engine. This change in engine location was Ferrari’s attempt to move away from a GT car and more into a supercar; a direct rival for the Lamborghini Miura and subsequently Countach. Less than 400 365 GT4 BBs were produced from 1973-1976 before Ferrari moved on to the 512 BB, the updated successor. Not only was the 512 an improvement in terms of usability, but also raw performance, mainly due to the larger 4.9-litre engine with dry-sump lubrication to prevent oil starvation in hard cornering. Further improvements included a higher compression ratio, wider track and tyres to accommodate the 360bhp, capable of reaching 60mph in the mid 5 seconds. Stylistically, the 512 BB remains similar to its beautiful predecessor; twin rear lights and tailpipes being the most notable change along with a NACA duct on each side to provide exhaust cooling, but even moving into the 80s, the Boxer was still one of the most stunning cars available. Only 929 512 BBs were produced in total.
This beautiful 512 BB was first registered new in May 1979, as a demonstrator for UK Ferrari Concessionaires Maranello in Egham. It was specified from new in Azzuro Metallizzato over Luxan Beige hide; it retains its exterior colour today. The car has remained in the UK ever since with its subsequent keepers well recorded within an official DVLA history report. This report is accompanied in the comprehensive history file by numerous invoices, correspondence, MOT certificates and the original service book, all of which bear out the cars mere 22,000 miles from new. The BB underwent a comprehensive mechanical, paint and trim restoration in 2005 at which point the colour combination was changed to Rosso/Nero to suit the owner’s requirement at the time. Most importantly the car was also awarded official Red Book Classiche Certification in November 2015, confirming its original colours and matching numbers engine. Under current ownership the car has been subject to a further complete restoration in 2019 including returning its body colour to the original Azzuro. This 512 BB is in exceptional condition after its restoration and offers a real investment opportunity being 1 of just 101 U.K. supplied, RHD cars.
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- Make: Ferrari
- Model: 512BB
- Gearbox: 5-speed manual
- Year: 1979
- History: full matching numbers
- Notes: engine rebuilt by german specialist.
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