1983 Ferrari 512 BBiSOLD
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1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
VIN ZFFJA0900046663
Rosso Corsa with Black Boxer Trim and Black Leather Interior Grey Cloth Inserts

The Boxer line represented a remarkable departure for Ferrari. It was the successor to the comparatively conventional Daytona, and Ferrari's first mid-engined flagship. Those who had witnessed Lamborghini`s stunning Miura had been anxiously awaiting Ferrari`s response, and the Boxer did not disappoint. Featuring a horizontally opposed twelve-cylinder motor longitudinally mounted inline with the transmission, it had a low center of gravity placed near the center of mass. Clothed in suitably rakish bodywork by Pininfarina, the Boxer was a stunner. The 512 BBi represents the ultimate development of the Boxer line and was distinguished from the 512 BB and 365 models that preceded it by the introduction of fuel injection, making emissions testing where required much less of a headache than with carburetors. Today, the Boxer remains a dramatic and exciting car that is masculine without being too demanding to drive.

This particular car was owned by a French baker in San Francisco, and has been in California since at least 1990. It was previously fitted with California license plates and does have a California title, while it features a partially catalyzed exhaust system. Its other history is largely unknown because Fantasy Junction purchased the car from a bank, and as such, there are no service records. The car does appear to be fundamentally sound, and is an excellent example, both cosmetically and mechanically.

On the cosmetic front, the paint is excellent. There are just a few chips and marks but the car is otherwise free from significant blemishes, both to the red areas and the lower black trim. The wheels are metric TRX items with 3-eared knock-offs. The car has been federalized, though the only external indicators of this are the side marker lights and sealed beam headlamps. Fortunately, the bumpers have not been modified in any way and maintain the clean lines as Pininfarina intended them.

The interior is excellent and has been very well-preserved. There is minimal shrinkage to the leather dash, and the rest of the leather is excellent. There is no significant creasing or cracking, and the leather remains supple. Leather covers almost all surfaces, including the dashboard, center console, and door panels. The exception to this is the smart grey fabric seat inserts, which are coordinated with the door panel inserts and headliner. The carpets are excellent and the rocker areas are protected by plastic.

The engine compartment and the front compartment are very clean, showing no signs of damage or molestation. The front compartment contains the jack with jack bag, though the small tools are not present. A kill switch has been added.

This is a fine opportunity to acquire an attractive and well-preserved example of this, Ferrari`s first mid-engined flagship. Never officially imported to the United States because of contemporary legislation, Boxers are very rare indeed, and one of the many `forbidden fruit` that American enthusiasts rarely have the opportunity to enjoy. This car`s California history and excellent condition make it the ideal basis for the enthusiast looking for one of these remarkable cars.

Reference Number 16956

as of 12/23/2007

Overview
Car 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
VIN ZFFJA09B00046663 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Mileage 18,801 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Alloy rims
Interior: Leather interior
Mechanics: Power Steering 
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