Ferrari 512 BBi
Ferrari introduced a stunning new mid-engine design at the 1971 Turin Motor Show to compete head-on with the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora, featuring a low, wide and sensuous Pininfarina design and a hand-built body by Scaglietti. Reminiscent of Ferrari’s Formula 1 racers, it was powered by a mid-mounted “boxer” 12-cylinder engine displacing 4.4 litres. Initially named 365 GT4 BB (short for “Berlinetta Boxer”), it was finally released as a production car in 1973 and marketed as the fastest Ferrari road car ever offered.
Relentless improvement yielded the 512 BB in 1976 with its enlarged five-litre engine offering significantly more torque. In 1981, Ferrari introduced the 512 BBi at the Paris Salon, with the “i” reflecting the installation of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, allowing easier compliance with U.S. emissions standards. The 512 BBi was capable of remarkable performance, with zero-to-60 times of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of at least 175 mph.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
340 bhp (DIN), 4,942 cc mid-mounted, horizontally opposed, all-alloy DOHC 12-cylinder engine, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, twin coil springs and front and rear anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,450 mm.
Source: RM Auctions
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