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For Friday’s Drool, we present an absolutely stunning Ferrari 512BBi, which was the third and final evolution of the car. The first was the 365 GT4 BB, which Ferrari launched in 1973. It was radically different to anything before it, and was the first road going Ferrari to offer a rear mid-engined layout. The was radically different to anything seen before, and still remains the basis for most Ferraris sold since. Cars like the 488 can trace it’s roots back to the BBs, although the BB had a V12 engine.
But by 1981, the requirement was for cleaner emissions, and the wonderfully sounding carburettor models were updated and muffled with Fuel injection systems. It was all a necessary requirement, and although aurally something was lost, reliability was hugely improved with the new electronics. The model evolved to become the 512BBi and was sold up until 1984. It was the most popular version too, selling 1,007 units in the 3 years.
For years the BB remained unloved, shadowed by the Testarossa and not old enough to be a desired classic. I was offered a late BB about 10 years ago for £25,000 and rejected it. It was a cheap car, with little history, and in need of some mechanical spend. On the plus side, it had the benefit of being a rare factory wide body conversion. Today the value of that vehicle has risen at least 10 times that, and my prediction is that in 10 years it will be a million-pound car!
The 512 BBi on offer here is a 1983 model- VIN number ZFFJA09B000048165 and engine number 00717 . It is finished in Rosso Corsa red over tan interior; the same as it left the factory. The car currently registers 17,955 miles, which are believed to be correct, backed up by included documentation as well as the overall condition of the car. This 512 is the recent recipient of over $20,000 of both mechanical and cosmetic refreshing, all of which is documented by included receipts. This servicing did entail the all-important timing belt and tensioners, both of which were replaced in April of 2017.
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