1973 FERRARI 365 GT4/BB
Registration No. RPL 647R
Chassis No. 17861
Engine No. 17861
Marrone metallic with beige leather interior
Engine: flat 12, twin overhead camshafts to each head, 4,390cc, four 3-barrel Weber carburettors, 380bhp at 7,700rpm; Gearbox: manual five speed; Suspension: all independent by wishbones and coil springs; Brakes: four wheel power assisted hydraulically operated disc; Right hand drive.
When the Lamborghini Miura appeared, high performance coupes with engines in front of the driver began to look quite old fashioned to some observers. Stung by outspoken criticism of their front-engined Daytona models, Ferrari unveiled, at the 1971 Turin Motor Show, the aggresive 365BB flat-12 mid-engined Boxer Berlinetta. At this point it was still a concept car, used to make a point, demonstrating what could be done with a racing flat 12 powerplant similar to that used in the Scuderia's Formula 1 cars, if Ferrari chose. Ing. Mauro Forghieri's powerful flat-12 engines went on to bring Ferrari many laurels in Formula 1 and endurance racing from 1970 to 1973. The concept and engine alike were too good to waste and in 1973 the 4.4 litre 365 GT4/BB a roadgoing production Berlinetta with the Boxer engine and gearbox unit set just behind the driver was launched at the Paris Motor Show. Combining the Flat 12 with aggressive styling by Pininfarina, Ferrari set a theme for many years of production cars.
Imported into the UK in 1977, the car on offer is finished in the original marrone metallic colour with corresponding beige leather and carpets, and is presented in exceptional original order. The condition reflects its modest mileage which is even today only 17,450 and the fact that it has covered a mere 900 miles since its purchase by the current owner in 1980. This nominal mileage is substantiated by annual MoT certificates.
Complete with the original tool kit and leather pouch containing its manuals and original V5 document, this represents a rare low-mileage Ferrari that has been carefully maintained and preserved, and it is ready to receive continued enthusiastic ownership with a current MoT.
The early berlinetta boxers are perhaps undervalued and represent excellent modestly priced entries into Ferrari Owners Club events, where this particularly original car will no doubt cause lots of interest.