London | Lot 152
1979 Ferrari 512 BB
£250,000 GBP | Sold
| London, United Kingdom
5 September 2018
- French delivery example delivered through Charles Pozzi
- Beautifully restored to stunning Blue over Beige colour combination
- Ferrari Classiche certified; matching numbers throughout
Introduced in 1976 as the successor of the 365 GT4 BB, the 512 BB was an evolution of Ferrari’s first-ever production mid-engine twelve-cylinder road car. Very similar stylistically to its predecessor, the 512 BB featured a front spoiler, NACA vents located right before the rear wheels, two sets of twin rear stoplights (instead of three of the 365 GT4 BB) and the fuel cap was relocated on the left rear fin. A total of 929 carburetted 512 BBs were built between 1976 and 1981.
Originally delivered to French Ferrari Importer Charles Pozzi in 1979, finished in the classic Rosso Chiaro (5995190) over Pelle Nera (VM 8500) interior, chassis no. 29943 did not remain in France for long. Like many 512 BBs sold in continental Europe at the time, it was imported to the U.S. and sold there to its first owner, Charles Johnson of Fort Lauderdale, and imported to the U.S., where it was converted to comply with U.S. regulations by Dick Fritz’s Amerispec. It was then sold in 1990 to second owners, Greg and Dan Decaster, who purchased the car as an investment and never used it.
In 1996, chassis no. 29943 was sold to its third owner, Richard Resch, who kept the Ferrari for over 20 years. Under his ownership, Lake Forest Sports Cars, an official Ferrari dealership located just outside of Chicago, performed a major engine-out service in 2002, changing the water pump and light system, and put on new cam belts and tensioners. Another major service was done by its fourth owner, Terry Myr of Smiths Creek, Michigan, in 2010 before selling it that same year, and the car was subsequently reimported to Europe.
Registered with its current owner in Germany, there, the car underwent a full restoration where it was refinished in Blu over a Beige interior with matching Daytona inserts, truly a beautiful colour combination that suits the lines of the 512 BB perfectly. Afterwards, the car was certified by Ferrari Classiche in 2015, confirming that it retains all of its major original mechanical components. With only 14,000 miles on the odometer, documented history and sound mechanical conditions, the 512 BB is considered by many to be one of the best usable classic Ferraris. Presented fresh from a full restoration in stunning colours and with full Classiche certification, this 512 BB would be a perfect example to show, drive and enjoy, or both!