Lot 619: Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Having reasserted itself at the top of the supercar hierarchy with the first 'Boxer' - the 365GTB/4 BB - Ferrari went one better with its successor, the 512BB. The increase in engine size to 5.0 litres (from the original's 4.4 litres) was made not so much with increased power in mind but to enable the 512BB to meet increasingly stringent emissions targets without loss of performance. Changes to Pininfarina's inspired coachwork were, not surprisingly, few: an air-dam spoiler beneath the nose, brake-cooling NACA ducts ahead of the rear wheel arches, four rear lights instead of six and revised air intake boxes, while slightly fatter rear tyres meant that the width of the 512's derriere grew by just over 1". The running gear likewise came in for only minor revision, while inside, the 512 remained virtually the same as before but for the welcome adoption of multi-way adjustable seats in place of the fixed originals. Road & Track magazine had achieved a speed of 280km/h (175mph) in the preceding 365GT/4 BB, and although lack of road space prevented the discovery of their test 512's capability, Ferrari's claimed maximum of 300km/h (188mph) was felt entirely realistic. One of only 929 512BBs produced, chassis number '22385' was delivered new in Germany via the importer, Auto-Becker. The Ferrari subsequently went to the USA before returning to Europe, and since 1995 has been registered to the current owner in France. Work carried out soon after acquisition included fitting a new air conditioning system, front shock absorbers and radio. Repainted in 2012, the car also benefits from a recent full service that included changing the cam belts and rollers, filters, spark plugs, brake pads and battery together with adjustment of the valve clearances and carburettor settings. '22385' has been used sparingly by the vendor and currently displays a total of only 16,500 kilometres on the odometer. Finished in black with beige leather interior, the car is described as in generally very good condition and offered with sundry invoices, French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€105800|
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