Introduced at the 1976 Paris Auto Show, the Ferrari 512 BB replaced the 365 GT4 and was a significant advancement over its predecessor. The 512 BB presented a stunning and elegant aerodynamic profile with a low nose and sculpted sides designed by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti, with coachwork by Scaglietti. Its twin-cam engine was boosted from the 365’s 4.4 liters to a hearty 5 liters. The enhanced engine displacement was done to counter progressively stringent emissions requirements that threatened to compromise performance. The car managed the adjustment quite well and was celebrated for the speed its longitudinally mounted, horizontally opposed engine produced, as well as the signature Ferrari screams the engine and exhaust system poured out during acceleration.
At the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1981, Enzo Ferrari unveiled the third version of his Boxer—the 512 BBi, with the “i” marking a major development: the implementation of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. The use of fuel injection did not diminish the 512’s power, but it did make it more available at lower rpms, along with increased torque. Rated at 340 brake horsepower, the BBi’s power was channeled through a five-speed manual rear transaxle; performance was managed by front and rear independent suspension with dual coil springs and anti-roll bars. The car sat solidly on a tubular semi-monocoque frame enveloped by a steel body. In terms of appearance, an intelligent leave-a-great-thing-alone approach caused minimal change in the 512 BBi from its predecessor. There were new rear fog lamps, new running lights in the grille, and a shift to metric-sized Cromodora alloy wheels and tires. The car’s interior was generously appointed. And while the car was built for performance, passenger well-being was still a high priority. Air conditioning and power windows were standard, as were three-point inertia-operated seat belts. Leather seating and thick carpeting provided the cabin with a luxurious feel. The car we are offering is a rare car which started its life as a European car and left Europe when new in order to become part of the famous Black Hawck museum collection. It came back to Europe only in 2012 and was registered in Germany. It had a full service including belts etc and still remains its ultra low mileage. It comes with all its books, tools, manuals and history and we strongly believe that this is one of the very best Ferrari 512 BBi you can find in the world.
Now on German registration.