1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
$349,000 USD | Asking
| United States
- 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
- Engine-out belt service performed in 2018
- Offered with owner’s manuals and toolkit
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 later in the model’s life eased the process of import for American buyers. By the time the BBi was supplanted by the Testarossa in 1984, just 1,007 examples were built, and 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 believed to be 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. In this case 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, that included 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, and 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 2020, 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, which wonderfully complements the unusual exterior finish. 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.