Ferrari 512 BB

Designated ‘BB’, short for ‘Berlinetta Boxer’, referencing the car’s body style and horizontally-opposed 12-cylinder engine, Ferrari’s definitive road car of the 1970s and 1980s was once long, low and sleek with Pininfarina-penned lines and Scaglietti-executed bodywork over a lightweight tubular chassis. In 4.9-litre 512 BB form, the 12-cylinder engine was topped by a quartet of triple-choke Weber carburettors and produced 360 bhp. Performance was thrilling, with acceleration from rest to 100 km/h in the mid-five second range and a top speed of some 280 km/h. A worthy successor to the 365 GT/4 BB and a competitor to Lamborghini’s Countach, 512 BB’s production spanned from 1976 to 1981, with about 929 examples built.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

360 bhp, 4,942 cc horizontally opposed, mid-mounted DOHC 12-cylinder engine with four three-barrel Weber 40IF3C downdraught carburettors, five-speed manual gearbox in rear-mounted transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bars, twin coil springs rear, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500 mm (98.4")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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