1983 FERRARI 512BBi
Rosso Corsa with tan leather interior
Engine: twelve cylinder, double overhead camshaft per bank, single plug per cylinder, 4,942cc, 340bhp at 6000rpm; Gearbox: five-speed manual; Suspension: independent double wishbones, coil springs all round; Brakes: disc all round. Left hand drive.
The first mid-engined Berlinetta flat twelve road car that Ferrari built was the Boxer in 4.4 litre 365 GT4 BB guise. The car appeared at the Turin Motor Show in 1971, although production did not begin until 1974. The engine design itself followed the 3 litre Formula One motor, but had an enlarged capacity, and for the first time on a GT engine twin overhead camshafts were driven by toothed belts. Also, the engine was of a wet sump configuration. Overall design was in-house, with the mid-engine layout very much in vogue during the early 1970's. The 365 was followed in 1976 by the 512. By increasing the capacity to 4.9 litres, Ferrari was able to produce an engine that had a lower maximum rev limit, but better torque. At the same time the 5 litre engine was changed to a dry sump lubrication system. Visually, the new car had a re-designed nose and air ducts were now incorporated into the lower rear flanks to feed air to the rear brakes. Of course the magnificent twelve cylinder engine still sucked air through four triple choke Weber carburetors.
The injection model was unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1981 and was regarded as a more civilized car than its predecessors. Acceleration times were marginally lower than the carburetor cars, with 0-60mph reached in 5.4 seconds and 0-100mph in 13.4 seconds. Overall top speed was still quoted at 170mph. The 512BBi was well received by an eager buying clientele and in fact just over 1,000 injection cars were built between 1981 and 1984, thereby confirming its success.
This is a 1983 example that was imported by William M. Lyon, Jr. in July of that year. At some stage it was subsequently owned by R. Mauro Imports Inc. of Lakewood, CO. The Ferrari was then sold to Centennial Import Motors in Boulder, CO and the present private owner purchased it in January 1987. With standard Rosso Corsa paintwork that appears original to the car, the aluminum hinged engine cover, front bonnet and doors are all straight and unmarked. The interior has light tan leather trim throughout and both seat covers and floor mats have been fitted during its present ownership. The Ferrari has a Pioneer radio/cassette with equalizer and air conditioning. The indicated mileage is 1,200kms, although this is not regarded as being correct, the true mileage being possibly less than 3,500kms. The front bonnet houses the space saver wheel, original tool roll and there is a zipped Ferrari document wallet. The car has been carefully maintained in its present ownership. The 512BBi is a highly regarded model and still capable of outstanding performance.