Monterey | Lot 310
1984 Ferrari 512 BBi
The Fox Collection
$423,000 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
14 August 2021
- Offered from The Fox Collection
- Ferrari Classiche certified, Red book included
- Winner of multiple FCA awards
- Fewer than 955 original km (~600 mi) displayed at time of cataloguing
- Featured in the January 2008 issue of Cavallino magazine
- Documented with Certificate of Origin, and import/federalization paperwork
- Accompanied by manuals, complete tool kit
According to a German Certificate of Origin dated 17 January 1984, Ferrari 512 BBi chassis number 48723 was sold to Charles Hirsch of Classic Autos of New England via Auto-König in Regensburg, Germany. Shipping paperwork clarifies the Ferrari was imported to New York City aboard the SS Rigoletto on 2 February by Jake Kaplan of Providence, Rhode Island, one of the area’s longtime retailers of European sports cars. A finance letter on file indicates that the car was sold new to Dr. Albert R. Carlotti, Jr. of East Greenwich Connecticut, and shortly thereafter approved by the EPA for road use on 12 June 1984. Interestingly, when federalized, the gauges were switched to MPH, though the odometer continues to clock in kilometers.
In April 1997, Carlotti submitted the car to I.F.S. Inc. in South Easton, Massachusetts, for a major engine overhaul, as it had reportedly not run in five years. Remarkably enough, the odometer displayed only 124 kilometers. Invoices indicate that Dr. Carlotti retained possession until at least October 2003, and by early 2006 the car was acquired by R. Duncan McPherson of Charlotte, North Carolina.
McPherson then embarked on a personal quest to win several FCA awards, as later explained in an article he penned for the January 2008 issue of Cavallino magazine, in which 48723 is prominently featured. The owner’s triumph transpired in May 2006 at the FCA’s Annual Meeting at Chantilly, Virginia, and Summit Point Raceway, where the 512 BBi won a Platinum class award, the Coppa Bella Macchina Award, and the Coppa GT award. In June 2011, McPherson presented the car at the FCA’s Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, winning the Forte Award. In September 2012, he displayed the car at the 7th annual Charlotte Area Ferrari Enthusiasts (CAFE) at Morrison event.
Acquired by the previous owner in late 2015, the Berlinetta Boxer was treated to an extensive engine refurbishment in late 2016 by the experts at Continental AutoSports, the famed Illinois Ferrari dealership. Their work also included a general service and the mounting of correct Michelin TRX tires.
Accompanied by original manuals in the proper pouch, Red book, tool kit, spare, and currently displaying just under 955 kilometers (~600 miles) at the time cataloguing, this beautifully presented and award-winning 512 BBi would make a scintillating addition to any sports car collection.