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Ferrari 512BB and 365BB buying guide (1973-1984)

Ferrari 512BB and 365BB buying guide (1973-1984) Classic and Performance Car
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There has always been massive rivalry between Ferrari and Lamborghini, so when the latter unveiled its mid-engined Miura in 1966, the goalposts were suddenly moved by miles – and Ferrari had a challenge on its hands. 
 
Ferrari was no stranger to the mid-engined layout, but it was hesitant to make the move on its flagship GT car. Its competition cars had worked well on track with mid-mounted engines, but the first mid-engined road car from Maranello would be the 206 Dino sports car in 1968. 
 
The first mid-engined Ferrari to emerge was the 12-cylinder Miura rival in 1971 – the 365 GT/4 BB. It was another two years before the first Berlinetta Boxers were delivered to their eager owners – a full seven years after the Lambo had gone on sale. 
 
It was worth the wait though, because not only was the Boxer one of the most sublimely beautiful cars ever created – thanks to a well executed Pininfarina design – it was also fast. Ferrari claimed 188mph, and although in reality it might not have been quite that fast, it was also able to corner with a lot more conviction than the Miura. 
 
But the aging Miura was the last of the BB’s problems. A year later in 1974, Lamborghini’s Countach would go on sale, and offer a much wilder and better resolved rival. Ferrari struck back in 1976 when it increased the BB’s 12-cylinder engine capacity to 4.9-litres, creating the 512BB. 
 
As with any classic Ferrari, and especially one with a 12-cylinder engine, when it comes to buying a Boxer you need to have your wits about you. Values can vary significantly and you need to find a car that’s been cherished and maintained by the right specialist. 
 

Which 512BB to buy?

 
All of the various Boxer derivatives look much the same as they differed only in detail. The 365 got six rear lights compared with the 512’s four, while later cars got colour-coded bodywork; the 365 features numerous black panels. So in terms of aesthetics and usability there’s not much to separate the three iterations of Boxer. 
 
All three cars were given the same top speed and acceleration figures by Ferrari (188mph and 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds), although these are undoubtedly optimistic – 175mph is probably closer to the truth. What does make a difference is the more free-revving nature of the smaller engine, and it’s this that makes the earlier cars more appealing to some. 
 
Projects in the traditional sense don’t really exist, but buy a poorly maintained car and it’ll cost you plenty to revive. With just 2323 Boxers of all flavours built, there aren’t many to go around – especially if you want a right-hand-drive example. Just 58 365s came to the UK, along with 101 512BBs and 54 512BBis. So if you want a right-hand drive car, prepare to start searching and also to dig deep, as word has now got out about just what a fabulous machine the Ferrari Boxer is. 
 

Performance and specs 


Ferrari 512BB
Engine  4942cc, flat-12
Power 360bhp @ 7000rpm
Torque 333lb ft @ 4600rpm
Transmission Five-speed manual
0-60mph 5.4sec
Top speed 188mph 
Insurance group   -
Fuel consumption  12mpg
Price when new  £15,492
 

Dimensions and weight


Wheelbase              2500mm
Length 4400mm
Width 1830mm
Height 1120mm
Weight 1515kg
 

Common problems

 
• The biggest problems with the Boxer’s bodywork are the clamshell front and rear sections. They consist of an aluminium skin over a steel frame, so electrolytic corrosion is likely. Much more costly to fix though is accident damage, especially if it’s already been done badly. Also look for evidence of the rear clamshell having flown open on the move because it hasn’t been properly secured. If this happens, all sorts of damage can result. 
 
• The glassfibre bumpers are pretty resilient but the front one can get damaged through grounding. Also check the sills, which rust. They’re not structural though, so repairs aren’t especially costly. 
 
• Underpinning the Boxer is a mild steel tubular chassis, which can corrode, but rarely rusts badly. You still need to check it as carefully as you can though, because repairs will be costly thanks to poor access for some sections. 
 
• A Boxer engine will last at least 100,000 miles before any work is needed, as long as it’s maintained. Incredibly strong, you can get far more than 100,000 miles out of the flat-12 if you really look after it, which includes renewing the cam belts every four years. 
 
• A puff of smoke on start up is to be expected, but nothing more than that. What will damage a Boxer engine is overheating; it wrecks the piston rings leading to continuous exhaust smoke. 
 
• The original mild steel exhaust manifolds are prone to cracking, but stainless replacements are available. 
 
• The gearbox is designed to be used without second gear until it’s warmed up, so skipping from first to third is recommended for the first few miles. Try to get into second before everything is up to temperature, and the gearbox can be damaged. 
 
• While the 365 got a cable-operated single-plate clutch, the 512 features a twin-plate hydraulic system. As a result these newer cars have a significantly lighter clutch which is easier to live with. But neither clutch tends to last more than 10,000 miles, although a 512TR flywheel and clutch can be fitted, which doubles clutch life. 
 
• The suspension, brakes and steering are all-reliable but if anything needs to be replaced or rebuilt none of it is especially expensive and everything is available. The suspension might need fresh bushes and the steering rack might need a rebuild, but relative to the car’s value, don’t expect big bills. 
 
• There’s not much in the way of brightwork to worry about, but some of the fittings can be costly to replace such as the windscreen trim and some of the seals. Many parts are surprisingly cheap though. 
 
• If the interior trim is worn you’ll have to resort to a retrim as nothing is available off the shelf. That shouldn’t break the bank, but if you want to keep things looking original your trimmer will have to reuse the stripes on the seats with their integral disc imprints. 
 

Model history 

 
1971: The 365 GT4 BB (Berlinetta Boxer) debuts at the Geneva salon, powered by a mid-mounted 344bhp 4390cc flat-12. 
1973: The 365 GT4 BB goes into production and the first cars are delivered. 
1976: A 4942cc engine is now fitted in the refreshed Boxer, which is now called the 512BB. There are still four Weber triple-choke carbs and thanks to a raised compression ratio peak power is boosted to 360bhp. 
1982: The Boxer gets Bosch fuel injection to become the 512 BBi. Power dips slightly in the process, to 340bhp. 
1984: The Testarossa supersedes the Boxer. 
 

Owners clubs, forum and websites

 
• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk
• www.fcars.co.uk
• www.ferrariownersclub.org
 

Summary and prices

 
Stunningly beautiful, these 12-cylinder Ferraris offer the genuine 1970s supercar experience. After sharp rises, prices have stabilised in the past 18 months. Due to rarity, earlier cars are valued more highly. For an early 365BB, you will pay between £325,000-£450,000. 
 
The later 512BB and BBi are lagging behind slightly, due to the much larger numbers on the market. In many ways they’re a safer bet, and are slightly easier to live with. Prices range from around from £250,000-£350,000. 
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  • Ferrari 512

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    Variant: BB Boxer European supplied and specification with recent Ferrari Classiche Certification and in an excellent and original mechanical condition with an incredibly well documented history and collector owned from new . Shipped from Europe when new to USA as all carburettor BBs where and a long time California car with great ownership pedigree Only 24,028 miles from new Few 512 Boxers carry such pedigree of being owned by world class collectors such as this example. With known history from new with a fully documented and comprehensive detailed service history this low mileage example carries the distinction of being sold new to the acclaimed collector Otis Chandler publisher of the Los Angeles Times at the time of his ownership. From there it would enter the collection of Skeets Dunn from Rancho Santa Fe. Mr. Dunn owned this for a span of nearly 25 years from 1984-2009. During his ownership this carbureted Boxer was fastidiously maintained and well kept, as is a tradition with all his cars. In 2001 the engine was rebuilt at 15,000 miles and along the way a new clutch was installed as well as the brakes and Weber carburetors rebuilt. In 2008 the car was again completely serviced and detailed in preparation for its sale and in 2009 the car was consigned by Dunn to respected Ferrari historian and writer Michael Sheehan. Sheehan sold the car to a prominent collector in Japan and the car made a short stint there before returning to the US in early 2013. Today the car is a top notch investment grade example and is offered for sale with its original Owner's Manual, Warranty Booklet, Pouch, Toolkit, Ferrari floor mats, old registration cards from Skeets Dunn's ownership, and a full history report compiled by Sheehan. Being one of the final carbureted boxers built and having lived the majority of its life in California with two great stewards we can highly recommend this example to any collector in search of the right 512, the car retains its full EU specification from when it was new.

    • Year: 1981
    • Mileage: 24028 mi
    • Engine size: 5
    For sale
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    Foskers-Foskers
  • 1983 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer

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    1983 Ferrari 512BB VIN: ZFFJA09B000044761 Finished by Ferrari in January of 1983, 44761 would be delivered new on March 1st in 1983 at Lake Forest Sportscars in Lake Bluff, Illinois. This Berlinetta Boxer is a stellar survivor, preservation class example, which has remained completely unmolested over the years. Its prior owners have shown immense care in the stewardship of this rare Ferrari and it shows in every small detail. Most recently the Boxer was in the personal collection of Tom Horan, the board chairman for the Colorado Grand, a 1,000-mile rally of 1960 or earlier sports cars that rolls through the Rocky Mountains. He owned the car for last two years and purchased it from Dave Helms of Scuderia Rampante in Erie Colorado. As part of the purchase agreement the engine was removed and received a top end rebuild and full service. The troublesome sodium filled valves were replaced with stainless, and upgraded headgaskets were fitted. Helms acquired the car from one of Rampante's most passionate clients who kept hand written mileage and maintenance records from October 2001 with 10,009 miles till October 2009 with 20,516 miles. The 512BB was Pininfarina designed, and built by Sca

    • Year: 1983
    For sale
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  • 1981 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer

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    1981 Ferrari 512 BB - Berlinetta Boxer VIN: F102BB 33971 Engine: F102B00000748 Chassis: 33971 First sold in Europe this Boxer was brought into the United States in early 1981. No Berlinetta Boxer was ever sold new in North America, as Enzo Ferrari did not believe it to be worth the cost of federalizing. Ferrari Compliance of Santa Ana, CA imported the car and had it modified to US specification for around $16,000. With an original list price of around $40k for the 512BB, and an additional $16k for federalizing it looks like Enzo may have been right. 33971 was first offered for sale by Ron Tonkin Ferrari in Portland, OR in April of 1981. Frank Kawalkowski, a San Francisco commercial real estate broker and Ferrari collector, would be the first owner of the silver Boxer. After over a decade of ownership, in 1994 he would put the car up for sale with 48,000 kilometers (29,826 miles) on the clock. The next owner, another Californian, would keep the car until 1997 when it would move on to its third owner, Ray Hartman of Santa Barbara, CA. In 1998 the Boxer would be sent to Sal Garcia's Waterfront Automobili in San Francisco for paint and leather. In 2001 the car would go to Symbolic Moto

    • Year: 1981
    For sale
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  • Ferrari 512 TR ABS

    £99,995 £99,995

    1993 Ferrari 512 TR ABS (LHD). Presented in Rosso Corsa with Nero leather and Bordeaux carpets. This car comes complete with the original leather wallet, book pack, tool kit and Yellow tinted light covers. Originally registered in France, December 1993 and subsequently imported into the UK through The Ferrari Centre in September 2014 where it has been maintained since. Please call our sales team for more information.

    • Year: 1993
    • Mileage: 42165 mi
    For sale
    £99,995 £99,995
  • Ferrari 512 BBi

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    The Boxer we have on offer had been ordered according to the Maranello Archive confirmation by its first owner Sen. Zattini in the color rosso corsa with tan leather seats with red piping and red carpets. The first owner kept it obviously until 1991 when it appeared in Switzerland. Up from 1991 the mechanical service work has been carried out by the Ferrari dealership of Broder AG situated in Vaduz/ Lichtenstein. It changed hands another time in 2005 where it came to a fanatic Ferrari enthusiast who commissioned a complete mechanical restoration. In this time it had an overall mileage of near to 18 500 km only. The swiss based company started a complete nut and bolt restoration including a complete rebuilt of engine, gearbox, suspension and brakes.The amount confirmed by the records easily exceeded 100.000,- CHF. We received a large documentation of at least hundreds of detailed pics of the work which has been carried out to the highest standard. There are pics of each little step of this painstaking restoration. We are happy to send detailed photos to any enthusiast having interest in this fantastic Boxer. After the restoration it spent another five years in Switzerland being driv

    • Year: 1982
    For sale
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  • 1981 FERRARI 512 BBLM

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    1981 FERRARI 512 BBLM - nicknamed "BBB" This Ferrari 512 BBLM chassis 35529 was sold new to Mr. Fabrizio Violati, a rich Italian Gentlemen, owner of the water brand "Ferrarelle" but also owner of its own racing team "Scuderia Bellancauto". Fabrizio Violati wanted his car to be different / improved in order to be faster and lighter than the other 512 BBLMs. Three of famous period engineer (including Armando Palanca) thought about few modifications for this car’s body. And at the end, this car looked quite different from the other ones. His racing history started at the Monza 1000 Kms on April 26, 1981. The car finished 1st in its category and 6th OA. Then, she entered Le Mans 24 Hours but without finishing the race. After few races, the car stopped racing during the whole 1983 season. And Violati’s team and engineers reviewed new modifications for 35529, now nicknamed "BBB" for Berlinetta Boxer Bellancauto. The car entered Le Mans 24 Hours again, in 1984 but DNF. On June 1985, Violati ran the car during a Ferrari Italia Club event. After this event, the BBB was restored and totally revised. Then, she remained untouched and stayed in Maranello Rosso Collection until 2014. One of the

    For sale
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  • 1982 FERRARI 512 BBi BERLINETTA BOXER

    $375,000(£0) $375,000(£0)

    --Grigio Ferro with Tan leather with Black seat inserts with Black carpeting, 17,000 miles from new. This Boxer has been collector owned since new. In exceptional condition already, just over a year ago, the owner of this Boxer decided to embark on a restoration to bring this 512 BBi to as close to new condition as possible. In the past year it has received a complete cosmetic restoration both inside and out as well as an engine out service, new clutch, air condition service and upgrade to R134A refrigerant, refinished wheel with new tires fitted, the suspension has been completely renewed throughout as has the brake system. All work was performed by Autosport Designs, Inc. with at a cost of $150,000 plus. It is absolutely superb in every way and ready for immediate use. It is complete with its original books, tools and owner’s manuals and service records.

    • Year: 1982
    • Mileage: 17000 mi
    For sale
    $375,000(£0) $375,000(£0)
  • 1981 FERRARI 512BBi Boxer - LHD

    £264,512 £264,512

    The Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer (BB) is one of a series of cars produced by Ferrari in Italy between 1973 and 1984. They used a mid-mounted flat-12 engine, replacing the FR layout Daytona, and were succeeded in the Ferrari stable by the Testarossa. It was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti. No BB was ever originally sold in North America, as Enzo did not believe it to be worth the cost of complying with the extra environmental and safety regulations. However, third parties made conversions, and quite a few of them are now in the United States. The Bosch K-Jetronic CIS fuel injected BB 512i introduced in 1981 was the last of the series. The fuel injected motor produced cleaner emissions and offered a better balance of performance and daily-driver temperament. External differentiators from the BB 512 besides badging include a change to metric sized wheels and the Michelin TRX metric tire system, small white running lights in the nose, and red rear fog lamps outboard of the exhaust pipes in the rear valance. 1,007 BB 512i models were produced. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 18723 mi
    • Engine size: 4.9
    For sale
    £264,512 £264,512
  • 1994 FERRARI 512 COUPE TR 2dr

    £119,995 £119,995

    Please note this vehicle is due to arrive into AMARI stock, listing is yet to be updated. For more information please call our Ferrari Sales Team on +44 (0) 1772 663 777. Our beautiful investment opportunity is a 1994 Ferrari 512 TR, Left Hand Drive, in Rosso Corsa with Nero Leather Interior which has covered just 53,745 Kms. The Ferrari 512 TR is a 4.9 Litre (4,943cc) Ferrari Flat-12 Engine. Which produces 428hp. The 512 TR can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 4.80 seconds, and on to 100 mph in 10.70 seconds, with a top speed of 195 mph. This car was imported to Japan from Italy in September 2000, which is where it was first Registered. This means that the car has been checked and serviced every two years, as in Japan they have a very stringent MOT type test, this means cars are required to have been serviced prior to the test. Seven check-up and services have been completed in total since it was imported to Japan. The most recent two mileages check with the above inspection must be stated on the registration paper. This being due to Government Regulations. These are as follows: 19th February 2008 at 46,200 Kms 25th March 2011 at 48,600 Kms MOT due 06/09/17. EXTERIOR This car is presented to you in Rosso Corsa, the true colour for a Ferrari 512TR. The exterior is in excellent condition throughout. INTERIOR The interior is upholstered in Nero Leather, which really suits the colour combination. The interior is also in an excellent condition. HISTORY This vehicle only has one service on record, which is receipts of a major service that was completed recently, which included Cambelt and Major Service, New Clutch Kit Fitted, Cam Cover Gaskets, Engine Mount, Exhaust Flange and Gaskets, Complete set of Front Suspension Bushes, Shock Bush and Drop Link Bushes, Remanufacture Fuel Lines, Remanufacture Brake Lines. The MOT is not due until 6th December 2016. WHEELS & TYRES This car sits on Michelin Pilot Sport's All Around. Front: 235 x 40 x ZR18 (95W) Rear: 285 x 35 x ZR18 (101Y) Tread Depths are: Front Right: 7mm Front Left: 7mm Rear Right: 5mm Rear Left: 5mm We have the original Owner's Pack with Manuals, Service Booklet & 2 Sets of Keys. For more information, please call our sales team on 01772 663 777. Viewing strictly by appointment. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

    • Mileage: 53745 mi
    • Engine size: 4.9
    For sale
    £119,995 £119,995
  • Ferrari 512 Testarossa 1,800 miles

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    Ferrari 512 Testarossa 1800 miles only! An absolutely stunning example, all book and tools and an excellent service history. At only 1800 miles from new this is probably the lowest mileage, right hand drive example in existence. The condition is commensurate with the ultra low mileage having formed part of an important private collection of over fifty cars. The car has never been driven in the rain or in anger. It has been preserved in virtually as new, time warp condition. The Testarossa was one of the poster cars of its era which has for some time been overlooked but has now come back into its own and started to climb rapidly in value. This being quite probably the best right hand drive example available is a blue chip collectors dream. Unique opportunity to buy the very best Ferrari 512 Testarossa. Available for viewing in our Kew showroom.

    • Mileage: 1800 mi
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  • Ferrari 512 BBi

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    Ferrari 512BBi 19800 miles only! This is a low mileage 512 BBi, LHD, first registered in1984 and now UK Registered. The car has only travelled 19,800 miles from new and the condition of the whole car is commensurate with the extremely low mileage. Finished in its original livery of Rosso with crema leather interior which is all original and in exceptional order. Our 512 has formed part of an important collection for many years and has always been cherished and maintained by the managers of the collection. Undoubtedly one of the finest examples on offer anywhere, the 512BBi is still way under-valued when compared to other top flight Ferraris. We see the market moving dramatically upwards now on 70's, 80's and some 90's 'modern classics'. Now is the time to buy before you get left behind! Just completed a big service including cam belts.  Ferrari Clasische certification in progress. Available for viewing in our Kew showroom.

    For sale
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