Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
Ferrari’s stunning 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer debuted at Turin in 1971, and its exotic mid-mounted 4.4-liter flat-12 engine was derived from the company’s three-liter Formula 1 car. Production finally commenced in late 1973 as a ’74 model, with 387 built before the release of the 512 in 1976. Road & Track hit 175 mph and called it “the fastest road car we’ve ever tested” in 1975. Ultimately, the BB series marked Ferrari’s last entirely hand-built production car, and today, astute collectors prefer the early 365 GT4 BB above all variants for its striking purity of design.
This early-production car was completed on November 29, 1973 and factory-equipped with air conditioning and a Voxson radio. In December 1974, it was sold new by the factory to Renato Nocentini’s Garage La Rotonda, the official Ferrari dealer in Prato near Florence, Italy.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena, in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
344 bhp, 4,390 cc horizontally-opposed, DOHC 12-cylinder engine, four Weber triple-choke carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, with coil springs and anti-roll bars, twin coil springs at rear, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.4"
Source: RM Auctions
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