London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
7 June 2004
1974 FERRARI 365 BB
Registration No. ASH 68
Chassis No. 17943
Engine No. 17943
Red with tan leather interior
Engine: flat-12, twin overhead camshafts to each head, 4,390cc, four triple barrel Weber carburettors, 344bhp at 7,000rpm; Gearbox: five speed manual; Suspension: 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, at the 1971 Turin Motor Show Ferrari unveiled the aggressive 365 BB flat-12 mid-engine 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.
Displaying just 35,788 miles, this rare and desirable 365 BB is a superlative, restored example. The paint finish in Rosso Corsa is very good throughout and there is only one minor parking indiscretion to the passenger side front bumper, the wheels have been refurbished and suitably sit on Michelin XWX tyres. Once the rear body panel is lifted, one is treated to the immaculate engine bay which gratefully accommodates the throaty 'Boxer Twelve'. In keeping with the rest of the vehicle the interior is unmarked and nothing short of superb, the tan leather seats boast black 'Daytona' inserts and subtly contrasting red carpets.
On file is large dossier of paperwork for the car including details of the restoration and invoices from specialists such as Maranello, Modena, S & H Motorsport and E. G. Autokraft. Only 58 365 BBs were officially imported into the United Kingdom thus they are hard to find, let alone in this condition, in our opinion chassis 17943 would make a fine addition to any Ferrari collection and thus should not be missed.
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