1982 Ferrari 512 BBi

For maximum value, buy a carbureted 512, but note that buying a Boxer without paperwork is like playing Russian Roulette with all chambers loaded

Introduced at the 1981 Frankfurt Show, the 512 BBi was the last derivation of the 1973 365 Berlinetta Boxers. Almost identical to its 512 BB predecessor, it retained the wider rear track and wider and longer body. It also kept the front spoiler and NACA ducts to the rear brakes, but its flat-12 featured Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection instead of carburetors. Detail improvements were made to the suspension and aerodynamics.

With 344 hp at 6,300 rpm and an overall weight of just 3,304 pounds, the 512 BBi performed in Ferrari style and was a major sales success. At the close of production in 1984, some 1,007 units had been built. It also marked the passing of an era in Ferrari history, for as coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti sadly remarked, “It was the last car where we made everything by hand.”

The 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi on offer is in traditional and unmarked Rosso Corsa, it was delivered new in Switzerland, and it has a Swiss title. All of the original documents are included with the Ferrari wallet. The odometer indicates it has covered 17,143 miles, or 27,568 kilometers. Since 2001, it has been in a private collection. Recent work includes a full examination, new electronic control unit, new battery, etc., at a cost of $4,385. As such, this is a fine opportunity for a discerning owner to acquire a genuine, fine original-condition, low-mileage 512 with all the benefits of the later production series.

John Apen

John Apen - SCM Contributor

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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