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For Sale at Auction: 1982 Ferrari 512 BBI in Amelia Island, Florida

Vehicle Description

Chassis No. ZFFJA09B000039415
Engine No. 00045

Ferrari and Pininfarina quietly experimented with several designs before the first mid-engined road car bearing the Cavallino Rampante badge was unveiled at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. The all-new 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer received a tremendous reception and arrived just months after the Bertone-designed Lamborghini Countach, two cars that would go on to define the shape of supercars for the next twenty years. Nestled under the Scaglietti-constructed body was a state-of-the-art mechanical package featuring a tubular steel chassis and mid-mounted flat-twelve engine derived from the Boxer-powered 312 PB Sports Prototype. Although similar to the powerplant in the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the new engine was enlarged by both bore and stroke to 4390 cc and rotated 180 degrees with the five-speed transmission now situated beneath the engine. The groundbreaking performance was matched by a razor-edged Pininfarina design, complete with distinctive black lower body panels and visible front lights.

After three short years, mid-1976 saw the introduction of the 365 Boxer's more refined successor, the 512 BB. Engine displacement grew once again to 4,942 cc, and as a result Ferrari opted to abandon its traditional practice of naming models after their cylinder capacity in favor of a Dino-type nomenclature where 512 referred to the car's 5.0-liter, 12-cylinder engine. Dry sump lubrication now prevented oil starvation under hard cornering, while a new dual plate clutch reduced pedal effort for a more livable overall driving experience. In 1981, the model received its final major update in the form of Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, becoming the 512 BBi. Despite never being sold in the U.S., the 512 BBi was much easier to federalize than its carbureted predecessor, and therefore escaped undesirable modifications targeted at meeting emissions regulations.

Finished in Rosso Corsa with contrasting Black Boxer trim over Nero Stoffa 'Zegna' leather and wool upholstery - believed to be just one of 27 examples trimmed in this exclusive interior treatment - chassis number '39415' was imported to the United States on 25 January 1984 having covered 81 kilometers from new. Shortly thereafter, Joe Nastasi of Nastasi Racing Car Corp. sold the car to its first owner, Ray Rivardo of Bergen, New Jersey, in June 1984. Accompanying federalization paperwork shows the car was still virtually new with an odometer reading of 106 kilometers at the time of the ownership transfer. Furthermore, it appears 39415 was spared much of the actual federalization work. It remains extremely close to its original form, lacking reinforced door pillars, odometer replacement or emissions changes. It appears only US side marker lights were added during the federalization process and in today's era of originality, the car is certainly better for it. Rivaro retained 39415 in his collection for the next 13 years, adding just 3,609 kilometers prior to returning the car to Nastasi for a major service in February 1997. The Ferrari remained in storage at Nastasi following the service for over two years until it sold to its second owner, Elmer Conti of Dublin, Pennsylvania, in April 1999. An extensive collection of maintenance records on file reveal a life of fastidious care furnished by Conti over his nearly 15 years of ownership, including a major engine-out service conducted by Exotic Cars USA from April to November of 2010. In 2014, the Boxer was acquired by its third and current owner based in Connecticut, who has carefully preserved and maintained the car since - most recently treating it to a two-part major service performed by marque expert John Tirrell of Independent Ferrari Service (IFS) in 2021 and 2022.

Detailed service invoices from IFS in the amount of $28,451.95 demonstrate that this may be the best prepared 512 BBi on the market. Tirrell's brief was to do anything and everything that was needed; a summary of his work includes new motor mounts, repairs to the Ansa sports exhaust, rebuilding of the water pump, and new axle boots. The entire fuel system was attended to with all 12 fuel injectors cleaned and balanced during the obligatory engine out cambelt replacement. Lastly, following completion of all the mentioned work, a test drive revealed that a minor clutch slippage was present. As such, the car returned to Tirrell and a new clutch assembly was installed in August 2022.

Today, the car remains remarkably original, including its paintwork and supremely desirable Zegna wool inserts, with a mere 12,545 kilometers showing on its Veglia Borletti odometer at the time of cataloging. Mechanically, this fuel-injected example is expertly sorted, ready to be enjoyed on the open road for its unrivaled performance and magnificent V12 soundtrack emanating from the Ansa sport exhaust. The original exhaust, accompanying owner's manuals, portfolio of service invoices and federalization paperwork, tool kit, spare wheel, and rare Ferrari service light are further complements to the splendid originality of this 512 BBi.

Vehicle Details

  • 1982 Ferrari 512 BBI
  • Listing ID: CC-1678768
  • Price: Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Amelia Island, Florida
  • Year:1982
  • Make:Ferrari
  • Model:512 BBI
  • Odometer:12545
  • Stock Number:AM23_008
  • VIN:ZFFJA09B000039415
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