The Ferrari 365 GT4 BB was introduced in 1971 at the Turin Salon; a major move forward from the outgoing Daytona, most notably due to the mid-mounted flat-12 engine. This change in engine location was Ferrari's attempt to move away from a GT car and more into a supercar; a direct rival for the Lamborghini Miura and subsequently Countach.
There were only 400 365 GT4 BBs produced from 1973-1976 before Ferrari moved on to the 512 BB, the updated successor. Not only was the 512 an improvement in terms of usability, but also raw performance, mainly due to the larger 4.9-litre engine with dry-sump lubrication. Further improvements included a higher compression ratio, wider track and tyres to accommodate the 360bhp, capable of reaching 60mph in the mid 5 seconds.
Stylistically, the 512 BB remains similar to its beautiful predecessor; twin rear lights and tailpipes being the most notable change, but even moving into the 80s, the Boxer was still one of the most stunning cars available. Less than 1,000 512 BBs were produced in total.
This LHD example was supplied new to Italy and delivered to its first customer in October, 1979 via Rome based dealer SA.MO.CAR. Spa. It was finished from new in Argento Metallizzato, the same shade it wears today.
The car has been well cared for over its life and has been recently treated to a full restoration with specialists Toni Auto in Maranello, Italy. During the restoration the car was fully repainted in its original shade of Argento and the interior retrimmed in Pelle Rossa hide. The car also received a full mechanical overhaul, ensuring it drives as well as it looks.
The car was awarded red book Classiche Certification from the Ferrari factory in June 2021 confirming its original colours and matching numbers engine & gearbox. Considered by many to be one of the most iconic Ferraris of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the 512 BB can still keep up with modern performance cars of today, and this fully restored example would leave its next owner wanting for nothing.