Lot 310

Monterey 2022

1983 Ferrari 512 BBi


$268,800 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



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  • Believed to be one of approximately 27 examples appointed with the Ermenegildo Zegna interior option
  • Stunning color combination of white over cream leather with red wool inserts
  • Benefits from mid-2010s cosmetic restoration; exhibited at the 2017 Cavallino Classic
  • Offered with owner’s manuals, toolkit, and 2018–2021 service invoices
Addendum: Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be sold to a dealer or out-of-state resident.

In 1981, Ferrari updated the 512 Berlinetta Boxer with a fuel-injected version of the venerable flat-12 engine that delivered a dividend of an additional 20 pound-feet of torque. Capable of reaching 60 mph from standstill in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph, the 512 BBi primarily remained a European-delivery model due to emissions standards in the United States, although an official federalization program eventually eased the import process for American buyers. By the time the BBi was supplanted by the Testarossa in 1984, just 1,007 examples were built; the model remains a favorite of many enthusiasts who treasure its careful development from the roaring 512 racecars of the early 1970s.

Chassis number 44993 is one of approximately 27 examples appointed with a special interior design by Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna, a unique treatment of wool seat and door inserts with complementary carpeting that was available in several colors. Here, the Ferrari was finished in a stunning color combination of white paint over a cream leather interior with red wool inserts and carpets, and it was equipped with air conditioning and the special Pioneer stereo system with proprietary equalizer. The 512 was reportedly owned by the family of the original buyer through 1996, when it was acquired by John Anton of Minnesota, who retained possession for two decades while treating the car to a life of modest driving use and dutiful upkeep.

Sold to a third owner in 2016, the BBi was treated to a cosmetic restoration in the original color combination that reportedly included a refurbishment of the original Cromodora wheels, which were shod with proper metric Michelin TRX tires. The car was then exhibited at the Cavallino Classic in early 2017.

As reflected by invoices on file, the Ferrari received a significant bout of mechanical work in 2018 from the respected Foreign Cars Italia in Greensboro, North Carolina, including a comprehensive engine-out belt service costing nearly $12,000. Acquired by the consignor in January 2019, the 512 has since been maintained as needed by Ferrari of Las Vegas, including clutch and electric system work performed in 2020 and 2021. It displays fewer than 33,600 kilometers (~20,880 miles) at time of cataloguing.

Offered with a toolkit and owner’s manual, radio manual, and dealer service booklet in the proper pouch, and documented with service invoices from 2018 to 2021, this sparingly driven 512 is a particularly fetching example of the final Berlinetta Boxer. It is further distinguished by the rare and sumptuous Zegna interior livery. Ideal for any enthusiast of modern Ferraris, this beautiful BBi would make a distinctive addition to any marque gathering or supercar collection, poised for further display at FCA events or enjoyment on the open road.