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1984 Ferrari 512 BBi

Sold For $329,500

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 16 - 17 JANUARY 2020


Chassis No.
ZFFJA09B000049803
  • Elegant and rare color combination
  • Showing only 10,902 kilometers (6,774 miles)
  • Belt-and-bearing service by Ferrari of Atlanta just 25 miles ago
  • Accompanied by original manuals and toolkit in the proper pouches
  • Ideal for FCA judging or presentation at concours d’elegance

In 1981 Ferrari added fuel injection to the 5-liter horizontally opposed 12-cylinder engine that powered the Berlinetta Boxer, resulting in the most advanced 512 BBi model. Just over 1,000 examples were made through the end of the model’s production run in 1984, towards the end of which the manufacturer eased the process of bringing cars to the United States by arranging for direct deliveries in Europe that would then segue to federalization by an approved modifier in America.

This minimally driven and exquisitely maintained example is also notable for featuring a rare color combination. Chassis no. 49803 was factory-finished in Rosso Corsa with black lower bodywork and chrome rings on the wheels, and appointed with a sumptuous interior of Crema leather that covers the door panels, center tunnel, and the windshield surrounds. The car was also optioned with the unusual Pioneer stereo system that included an equalizer and cassette player.

According to the CARFAX report, the Ferrari was sold new to an enthusiast in New York who retained possession for 16 years. In 2003 the BBi was acquired by a collector in Arizona who kept it through 2007, at which point it passed to an enthusiast in Massachusetts for nine more years. The three private owners treated the car with great preservative care while only occasionally driving it, and the odometer currently displays 10,902 kilometers (6,774 miles).

In 2015 the BBi was treated to a timing-belt-and-bearings service by Ferrari of Atlanta that included rebuilding the water pump and replacing the clutch, throw-out bearing, rear main seals, and numerous hoses and gaskets. The car has accrued only 25 miles since this service, which totaled an investment exceeding $22,000.

Accompanied by the original manuals in the proper folio and a complete toolkit in a color-matched leather pouch, this time-capsule example of the venerable Berlinetta Boxer displays proper wheel stampings and glass stickers and is shod with correct Michelin TRX tires. With such a pristine interior and the original spare wheel in perfect condition, this outstanding BBi would make an ideal candidate for presentation at FCA gatherings or regional concours d’elegance. The beautiful berlinetta has also been maintained for complete operability by the current owner and therefore may be enjoyed on the open road for the boxer’s stout performance.


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