Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
In 1971, Ferrari introduced a stunning new mid-engine replacement for its 365 GTB/4 Daytona and aimed it squarely at the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora supercars. All new from the ground up, the low, wide and sensuous Pininfarina design was built by Scaglietti and powered by a mid-mounted, 4.4-liter boxer twelve-cylinder engine, which was mated to a five-speed gearbox and a rear-mounted transaxle. The new model was designated the 365 GT4 BB, for “Berlinetta Boxer,” and in 1975 it was proclaimed “the fastest road car we’ve ever tested” by American magazine Road & Track. An instant legend, a bona fide supercar and an enduring stylistic icon, the 365 GT4 BB remained in production through 1976, before being succeeded by the 512 BB. In contrast to the 512 BB, only 387 examples of the 365 GT4 BB were built, and it is generally considered a more purposeful machine with higher performance.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco and in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
380 bhp, 4,390 cc horizontally opposed, mid-mounted 12-cylinder engine with dual overhead-camshafts, four triple-choke Weber carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm (98.4").
Source: RM Auctions
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