1974 Ferrari 365 GT4/BBSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $115,000 - $145,000


$176,000 Sold

380bhp, 4390cc, longitudinally mounted 180-degree V12 engine, four Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,500mm

When the 365 GT4/BB debuted at the Turin Motor Show in 1971, it stood the world on its ear. Its factory rated 380bhp horizontally-opposed ‘ boxer ’ 12-cylinder engine was mounted amidships and it delivered performance that surpassed not only its competition, the Lamborghini Miura, but also its predecessor, the legendary Ferrari Daytona. The GT4/BB followed traditional Ferrari practice of tubular steel construction clothed with a sleek and sensuous Pininfarina body, but while it kept the Daytona ’ s bore, stroke, and compression ratio, its 4.4 liter engine was based on Ferrari ’ s successful 312B F1 racer.

The 365 Boxer ’ s performance was blistering then, and today it is still among the fastest cars in the world. Mel Nicols recorded 0-60 in 5.3 seconds, with 100 coming up in an incredible 11.3 seconds from rest. Top speed for the production cars was a staggering 180mph.

Despite the increased engine displacement of 600cc, the 512 BB, successor to 365, was less powerful, slower and significantly heavier than its predecessor, mostly due to the imposition of stricter government regulation. This cements the 365 Boxer as the purist ’ s choice.

Of the 387 examples built, none were officially imported to the US until recently. Thus, the cars that comprise the estimated population of less than 20 have been introduced as either gray market imports or under the current 25-year compliance exemption. The 365 Boxer is also the last Ferrari to be eligible for many of the popular vintage rallies, open to “ significant sports, racing or GT cars 1974 or prior. ” Its modern performance coupled with visceral vintage feel and robust nature makes it a perfect mount for these wonderful events.

Chassis 17543 is one of the earliest Boxers made. It is particularly unique and especially desirable, as it is the first car to receive the benefit of several running changes, including a modified cylinder head design and an updated transmission; it is also the last car to have the early, one piece fixed backrest seats. As such it is the only car to combine these running improvements with the unique seats that represented Pininfarina ’ s original styling vision.

This car was imported in the 1980s and restored during the ownership of well known West Coast collector Mike Dunn. Both original tool kits are included, which is a good thing, as they now sell (without a car) for over $5,000.

It features a gorgeous, fresh repaint in its original color of Blue Ribot over a lovely black/tan interior. A major service including timing belt replacement and valve adjustment was completed less than 1,000 miles ago by respected Ferrari experts RPM in Vermont, whose proprietor, obviously proud of his work states: "The car runs and drives absolutely as new. "

Ferrari Boxers have appreciated along with the market for vintage Ferraris in recent years and there is evidence that they are now being ‘ discovered ’ for the great enjoyment and investment value they represent. As the rarest model, with superior performance, the 365 Boxer has begun to break away from its 512 successor. To understand why, ask the Ferrari collector who has recently had the pleasure of driving this car: "This is everything a Ferrari should be, the perfect blend of the raw and the refined, agile but not harsh, and with the sound that everyone talks about but cannot be heard unless you are in this car right now."

Reference Number 7312

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4/BB
VIN 17543 
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