|Cars - Ferrari|
|Odometer reading||13,000 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 18th May 2011 Car - 18/05/2011 / 1983 Ferrari 512BBi / Lot 266
Production of the BB was a major step for Enzo Ferrari. He felt that a mid-engined road car would be too difficult for his buyers to handle and it took many years for his engineers to convince him to adopt the layout. This attitude began to change as the marque lost its racing dominance in the late 1950s to mid-engined competitors. The mid-engined 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder Dino racing cars were the result, and Ferrari later allowed for the production Dino road cars to use the layout as well. The first ""Boxer"" was the 365 GT4 BB shown at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. Designed to rival the Lamborghini Miura, it was finally released for sale in 1973 at the Paris Motor Show. 387 were built, with 88 in righthand drive (of which 58 for the UK market), making it the rarest of all Berlinetta Boxers. Though it shared its numerical designation with the Daytona, the Boxer was radically different. It was a mid-engined car like the Dino, and the now flat-12 engine was mounted longitudinally rather than transversely. The engine shared its internal dimensions with the V12 from the Daytona, but was spread out to 180° as on Ferrari's 1970 Formula One car and was mounted above a five-speed manual transmission. One major difference in this engine was its use of timing belts rather than chains. The 365 was updated as the BB512 in 1976, resurrecting the name of the earlier Ferrari 512 racer. The engine was larger at 4942cc and had an increased compression ratio of 9.2:1, a new dual plate clutch to handle the added power and ease pedal effort. Dry sump lubrication was used to prevent oil starvation in hard cornering due to revised rear suspension and wider rear tires. External differentiators included a new front spoiler, wider rear tyres, added NACA side air vents ducting air to the brakes, and four tail lights instead of six. The Bosch K-Jetronic CIS fuel injected BB 512i introduced in 1981 was the last of the series. The fuel injected engine produced cleaner emissions and offered a better balance of performance and daily-driver temperament. Originally sold by in in 1988 to Saudi Arabia, this little used Boxer represents one of the last in the range and is there for fitted with fuel injection making starting far easier. It was then repatriated back to the UK in 1988. It was fitted with a special order parchment hide interior with red Berlinetta stripes and is one of only 42 UK righthand drive cars produced . Widely considered as one of the lowest mileage cars in available today, the condition is commensurate with the mileage and is there for highly collectable. 46753 received a new clutch from specialist Ferrari dealers, Verdi, in 2003 and is latterly owned and serviced by Talacrest in 2004. A stunning drivers car in excellent condition throughout.