Ferrari 512 BBi

Ferrari introduced a stunning new mid-engine car at the 1971 Turin Motor Show to compete head-on with the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora supercars. Developed from the ground up, the new model featured a low, wide, 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” twelve-cylinder engine, displacing 4.4-liters. The new model, named 365 GT4 BB, was finally released as a production car in 1973, and was marketed as the fastest road car ever offered by Ferrari.

In keeping with tradition, the car was relentlessly refined, and an improved version was released in 1976 as the 512 BB, with an enlarged engine and 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-sixty times of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of at least 175 mph.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

340bhp, 4,942 cc double overhead-cam horizontally opposed twelve-cylinder engine, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual gearbox in rear-mounted 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: 98.4"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel and Dennis Lee Gerber

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