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

Ferrari 512BB and 365BB buying guide (1973-1984) Classic and Performance Car
Ferrari 512BB Ferrari 512BB Ferrari 512BB Ferrari 512BB 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 to somehow compete. While its junior supercar the 206 Dino would arrive just two years later, a V12 rival to the Miura wouldn’t debut until 1971. That car was the 365 Boxer, but it would be another two years before the first cars would be 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, but it was also fast and handled superbly. 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 one 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.

Ultimately what will dictate which edition you buy is more likely to be what you can find. Projects don’t really exist, but buy a ropey car and it’ll cost you plenty to revive. And with just 2,323 Boxers made of all flavours, there aren’t many to go round – especially if you want something with right-hand drive. 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 spec

Engine 4942cc, flat-12
Power 360bhp @ 7000rpm
Torque 333lb ft @ 4600rpm
Top speed 188mph
0-60mph 5.4sec
Consumption 12mpg
Gearbox Five-speed manual

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.

Key clubs 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, but prices have climbed quickly in recent years. For an early 365BB, you will pay between £300,000-£400,000. The later 512BB and BBi are lagging behind slightly, due to the much larger numbers on the market, with similar examples easier to find around from £230,000-£330,000 mark.

Words: Richard Dredge
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Last updated: 23rd Jun 2015
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  • Ferrari 512

    £159,950 £159,950

    Used condition, Franchise approved, National Delivery

    • Mileage: 28010 mi
    • Engine size: 4943
    For sale
    Ferrari Leeds
  • Ferrari 512 TR


    Ferrari 512 TR (UK RHD). Truly exceptional Ferrari, 1995M, 15,000 miles, full service history, near concourse condition, just come out of a private collection. £195,995

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 15000 mi
    For sale

    $395,000(£306,836) $395,000(£306,836)

    --All Black with Black leather and Black carpeting, 12,000 kilometers/7,000 miles from new, History from Massini, Original colors, Matching numbers. Imported to the USA shortly after its original build, this Boxer was sold to its first owner, Mr. Tom Marron of Bellmore, New York, through Steven Kessler Motor Cars, New York City’s Ferrari franchise dealer at the time. In the early 1990’s, the Boxer had been traded back by Mr. Marron to Steven Kessler Motor Cars. In 1993, this Boxer was owned by Mr. Bruce Perrone, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with 3,400 kilometers showing on its odometer. Mr. Perrone retained the car for only two years, offering it for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter in September of 1995, stating that it now had 4,300 kilometers in the advertisement. It is believed that the car remained in the Pittsburgh area until at least 2003. Sometime thereafter, it was acquired by a New York based collector. In mid-2015, Autosport Designs performed an engine out major service and prepared the car to show standards. It was then sold to a California based Ferrari collector. Most recently this 512 BBi has received an $11,000 service at GTO Engineering in Los Angeles to keep in top fo

    • Year: 1983
    • Mileage: 7000 mi
    For sale
  • 1983 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer


    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
  • FERRARI 512 BBi

    £279,990 £279,990

    Variant: BB i Following on from the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta Boxer, the 512 Berlinetta Boxer (BB) was produced from 1976 until 1984. The 512BBi was the final car in production from the BB family, with the ‘i’ standing for ‘injection’, the Bosch fuel injected 5 litre, 12 cylinder engine was the culmination of what Ferrari had learnt from the previous models in the BB family. This engine was focused on emissions, as far as any 1980’s Ferrari could be but did not compromise performance with the car having an acclaimed top speed of 188 mph. Over the lifespan of the 512 Berlinetta boxer less than 2000 cars were produced, this includes both the BB and BBi. When production stopped for the BBi in 1984 so did the long standing tradition of Ferrari’s being built entirely by hand but serves a great reminder of an exciting era in the history of Ferrari when Enzo relaxed his grip on the brand and allowed something a little different than a front engine V12 to be produced…and it certainly worked! Finished in Rosso Corsa with a Sabbia interior and having been supplied by Maranello Concessionaires in January 1984, this example has covered only 21,000 miles and is one of just 42 UK supplied RHD cars and has been with the same owner since 1994. It has had a recent major service and will be supplied to the new owner complete with its original book pack, service book and a file of paperwork which includes the majority of its previous MOT certificates.

    • Year: 1984
    • Mileage: 21003 mi
    • Engine size: 5
    For sale
  • Ferrari 512 BB (1980).

    €355,000(£324,115) €355,000(£324,115)

    The Ferrari BB (which stands for Berlinetta Boxer) was in production between 1973 and 1984. It was the first Ferrari with a mid-mounted flat-12 engine, replacing the front engined Daytona. Designed by Leonardo Fioravanti during his Pininfarina period, the car was quite a big change for Ferrari. A mid-engined road car was considered too difficult to handle for normal road use, and for that reason it took many years for the engineers to convince Enzo Ferrari to use this layout for a road car. Due to the increasing success of the mid-engined competition cars, the BB was finally ready in the early seventies. After 11 years of production, the BB/BBi was succeeded by the Testarossa. The car we have on offer is a beautiful original car, in immaculate and unrestored condition. This BB has only 16.630 miles on the clocks, and comes with full Ferrari service history, The engine, gearbox and differential are recently completely overhauled (documented), while the paint and interior are still in magnificent 0riginal condition. This BB was delivered new in USA, and came to Europe in 1992. The car is matching nrs and colours, and comes with all books and tools. This unique car is a true collector

    • Year: 1980
    • Mileage: 630 mi
    For sale
  • Ferrari 512

    $223,000(£173,226.40) $223,000(£173,226.40)

    1992 FERRARI 512 TR Condition: PERFECT CONDITIONS 20.000 Km. Previous owners: 1 (Non-smoking vehicle) Red, Coupé. Exchange Type: Manual, marks: 5 Displacement: 4942 cm3, cylinders: 12 Car in Italy The 512 TR sports a 4.9-litre (4,943 cc) Ferrari flat-12 engine longitudinally mid mounted. Each cylinder has four valves, with forty-eight valves total, lubricated via a dry sump system, and a compression ratio of 10.00:1. The Ferrari 512 TR can accelerate from 0–100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in 4.80 seconds and on to 161 km/h (100 mph) in 10.70 seconds. The maximum speed the 512 TR can attain is 313.8 kilometres per hour (195 mph) 223,000,00 USD + FREE SHIPPING! NEGOTIABLE PRICE

    • Year: 1992
    • Mileage: 12500 mi
    • Engine size: 5
    For sale
    Vincente D'Orlando
  • Ferrari 512


    Variant: Boxer Launched in 1976 as more of an update to the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer rather than an all-new model; the Ferrari 512 BB’s name didn’t follow previous Ferrari convention. Instead, it borrowed the format used for the Dino and GT4 at the time, referring to ‘5 litre, 12 cylinder’, rather than the individual cylinder capacity. The higher-torqued 5.0-litre Ferrari flat-12 made this Boxer more responsive and flexible than the 365 BB. A revised gearbox, with reduced pressure in the shift mechanism itself, made gear changes in the 512 BB slicker than in its predecessor, too. This particular Ferrari 512 BB is an original UK-supplied right-hand-drive car, delivered new to its first owner in July 1979. It was handed over at the Maltin Car Concessionaires in Henley-on-Thames by none other than British racing driver, Innes Ireland - winner of the 1961 United States Grand Prix. His signature still adorns the original warranty book that has been with the car since new. This stunning Berlinetta Boxer is now presented in exceptional condition, having spent the last eight months being prepared by our team of Ferrari specialists. It has received a respray in its factory colour of Blu Dino Metallizzato, while the original cream leather interior has been thoroughly detailed with no need for a re-trim. The mechanicals have been overhauled, and all four corners of the suspension have been stripped, re-plated or repainted, and then reassembled to our exacting standards. For enthusiasts and collectors seeking a beautiful flat-12 Ferrari with superb history, it doesn’t get any better than this 512 BB. The low mileage is well documented; the history file is full of old invoices, registration documents and MOTs; and the car even retains its complete and original book pack, period Pioneer radio, jacking kit and space-saver spare wheel. For more information about this Ferrari 512 BB or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01474 874555 or 07921 430430.

    • Year: 1979
    • Mileage: 15757 mi
    • Engine size: 4.9
    For sale
  • Ferrari 512 BB LHD


    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 The original 365 GT4 BB was produced between 1971 and 1976 with a mid-mounted flat 12 cylinder engine. The flat 12 cylinder arrangement was referred to as a Boxer but the 180° V12 was not a true boxer engine, but rather a flat engine. The next generation of BB was launched in 1976 as the 512 (5 litre) with little change in aesthetic appearance to the original 365 BB. The new car had dry sump lubrication and an increase in torque of around 10% retaining the same BHP of 360. The example offered here is a 1981 left hand drive 512BB in Rosso Corsa with Black Leather, sold new to Mr James Landrum of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and is from a total production of 929 cars produced between 1976 and 1981. One of the most original and un-restored examples in existence with only 820 Kilometres from new, 715 of which were prior to delivery. The factory clocked up 400 Km’s and 315 Km’s were covered during EPA emissions testing when new in the USA. The 512 still retains the protective plastic seat and sill covers fitted by the factory prior to delivery (seat covers have been removed but accompany the car). Original key fob and Pioneer KE-2300 stereo, full

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


    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
  • Ferrari 512 BBi


    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
  • 1981 FERRARI 512 BBLM


     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. Â

    For sale
  • Ferrari 512

    €139,000(£126,907) €139,000(£126,907)

    Specifications Year of manufacture: 02/04/1992 Chassis number: ZFFLA40B000093328 Exterior color: Rosso Corsa Interior color: Black leather Mileage: 58 800 km - 36 536 Miles HP: 428cv Engine displacement: 4943 cm3 Gearbox: Manual Service book: Yes Original paint : No Delivery country: Germany History Delivered new on April 1992 to its first owner in Germany, it has only 58 800 km and is in perfect condition: - Its original book with buffers - Its different manuals - His toolkit - His Original double keys Maintenance The vehicle is in excellent condition and above all perfectly maintained. We have many bills and Ferrari technical controls attesting meticulous maintenance by its last owner, who kept it for 12 years. The last revision was in June 2015 in Ferrari garage at 55 721 km for a total of 8,000 euros, they changed the distribution. The last one took place in June 2012 for an amount of more than 10,000 euros. Warranty The vehicle will be sold revised and guaranteed 3 months or 5000 Km Price 139 000 euros Find us and contact us Jean Lain Vintage – Showroom / +334 79 88 66 36 - Jérôme Millias +337 60 14 73 07 11 Rue de la Dent du Chat 73 420 Voglans France Opening hours From Monday to Friday, 8am to 12am and 2pm to 7 pm Saturday and Sunday on appointment http://jeanlainvintage.com/nos-vehicules/vehicules-a-vendre/

    • Year: 1992
    • Mileage: 36536 mi
    For sale

    $375,000(£291,300) $375,000(£291,300)

    --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
  • Ferrari 512 Testarossa 1,800 miles


    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
    For sale
  • Ferrari 512 BBi


    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.

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