1980 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer

The catalog description went into great detail about it being a fuel-injected car, but it was hard to mistake the four Webers

The mid-engined Lamborghini Miura brought Formula One chassis design to the street in the mid-1960s. Ferrari’s response was the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta Boxer, unveiled at the 1971 Turin Auto Show. The first road-going Ferrari not to have a V-configured engine, the Boxer had a four-cam, 4.4-liter flat-12 derived from Ferrari’s 3-liter F1 engine. Steering was light, due to the mid-engine layout and a new rack-and-pinion system. The tubular monocoque chassis was clothed in Pininfarina’s innovative and elegant coachwork.

A revised Boxer appeared in 1976, the 512 BB. Bore and stroke increases yielded 5 liters of displacement and the larger engine provided a useful increase in torque.

The third Boxer, the 512i, was launched at the fall 1981 Paris Salon with the arrival of fuel injection. Production ended in 1984, after 1,007 fuel-injected cars were built. Throughout its life, the Boxer was never officially imported or sold in the United States.

John Apen

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John holds degrees in engineering and operations research from the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, and Johns Hopkins. He vintage raced a Ferrari TdF for 13 years and has been restoring old cars for nearly 50 years. He owned the Atlanta Ferrari-Maserati dealership, FAF, for 17 years. He’s always had an affinity for obscure American cars, and in high school, he drove a 1936 Packard convertible coupe, followed by a 1949 Olds Holiday hardtop that got him through college. Today his garage includes 11 cars, including a Top Flight 1960 Corvette he’s owned since day one, a 1957 T-Bird, and several vintage Ferraris. His automotive library contains over 5,000 magazines and books and 1,800 auction catalogs. He has contributed to SCM since 1996.

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