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Ferrari 512 BB

Completed:

1978


Originally delivered:

Netherland

Original colour:

yellow

Original interior:

black


Comments:

The 512 BB has been launched first time on the Paris Motor Show in 1976 to

replace the 4.4 l 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer. Ferrari changed with the BB 512 its

type designation method. With the earlier cars the designation has shown the

displacement in cubic centimeters of an individual cylinder. Ferrari now went to

its contemporary racing car method where the first of the three digits indicated

the total engine capacity and the next two digits presented the number of

cylinders. As follows the new designation BB512 indicated - a five liter 12-

cylinder engine. The extra engine displacement was optained by opening the

bore and lengthening the stroke for a total displacement of 4942 cc. With

alterations also to the compression ratio and the camshaft timing, the new 5-

liter was more tractable than the 365 GT BB. The engine was topped by a

quartet of triple-choke Weber carburettors and produced 360 bhp with an

performance in the mid-five second range by acceleration from rest to 100km/h

and having a top speed exceeding 280 km/h.


Another major change was the switch to a dry-sump engine lubrication

arrangement, to counteract any oil-surge problems that might be caused by the

512's higher cornering ability which was caused by the wider 225/70VR15

Michelin XWX tyres on 9 Zoll Campagnolo wheels in the back. This led as well to

a slightly wider bodywork and in fact the whole engine cover was subtly

redesigned with three sets of louvers instead of two of the predecessor. Ferrari

changed the appearance on the other end as well with the addition of a spoiler

below the grille to eliminate any tendency to lift at high speed and also to

improve the stability. So overall the new BB 512 retained the look of the original

Berlinetta Boxer but there were numerous detail differences as well as major

mechanical changes.

The 512 BB is the last real thoroughbred made by Ferrari having its four triple

choke carburettor set up which makes this model desirable.

Ferrari has produced not more than 929 cars from which 101 have been

delivered as right hand drive. According to a recent research there are not more

than approximately 750 left hand drive cars still available on the planet.


The Boxer on offer has been originally delivered into the Netherlands in the

very nice colour combination with yellow/ black Boxer trim with a contrasting

black full leather interior which has been a factory option. Later it went to

Switzerland. It came back to the Netherlands in 1990 by showing a milage of 10

900 km on the sales contract. It became part of the  famous Kroymans

collection and has been bought in 2004 with 11 467 km by the last Netherland

owner. Within the last 8 years in the hands of an enthusiast it has been used

frequently showing today a mileage of 22 733 km in total. Needless to say that

it still has its original interior in very nice condition which documents its mileage.

The engine compartment looks very clean as the whole condition of the car.

The engine revs extraordinarily, the gears shift faultlessly and it runs and drives

as it should. It still keeps its original tools untouched in the small tool case and

as well its original jack in its leather bag. The paint job has been done not too

long ago and is still in perfect condition, the wheels have been repainted last

few weeks receiving a new set of 215/70VR15 Michelin XWX tyres

in the front and 225/70VR15 XWX in the back.


This 512 Berlinetta Boxer is one of very few cars which has been originally

painted in Giallo (yellow) which is confirmed by the factory.


Beside its marvellous driving skills, its fantastic Pininfarina design of a flat V 12

mid engine and its general appearance with its desirable original colour

combination it might be a wonderful new addition to each serious Ferrari

collection.





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