1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

In 1976, Ferrari englarged their flat-12 engine to 4942cc and created the 512 Berlinetta Boxer (BB). The rest of the car was improved and in detail the 512 had many new changes.

The new engine was capable of 360 bhp with a compression ratio of 9.2:1. To deal with the new power, a dual-plate clutch was installed. A dry sump lubrication system was also included to help the car scavenge oil.

Compared to the 365 GT4 BB, the body was wider at the rear for larger tires a revised suspension. Other new features included a NACA side air vents for the rear brakes, a lower front nose with new spoiler and four rear taillights versus 6 on the 365.

Over a five year production run nearly 1000 512 BBs were produced until the model was upgraded to include Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and became known as the 512i BB.

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1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1976 – 1981
released at1973 Paris Motor Show
built atMaranello, Italy
body stylistPininfarina
production929
price $$ 38,000
predeccesor1971 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB
succeccesor1981 Ferrari 512i BB
engine180° Flat-12
positionMid, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainBelt-Driven DOHC, 2 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed4 Weber 40 IF3C Carburetors
displacement4942 cc / 301.6 in³
bore82.0 mm / 3.23 in
stroke78.0 mm / 3.07 in
compression9.2:1
power268.5 kw / 360 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output72.85 bhp per litre
bhp/weight220.32 bhp per tonne
torque450 nm / 331.9 ft lbs @ 4600 rpm
redline6600
body / frameTubular Steel / Steel & Aluminum Panels
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
front tires215/70VR-15
rear tires225/70VR-15
front brakesVented Discs
rear brakesVented Discs
front wheelsF 38.1 x 19.0 cm / 15.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 22.9 cm / 15.0 x 9.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
curb weight1634 kg / 3600 lbs
wheelbase2500 mm / 98.4 in
front track1500 mm / 59.1 in
rear track1563 mm / 61.5 in
length4400 mm / 173.2 in
width1830 mm / 72.0 in
height1120 mm / 44.1 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.95:1, 2.11:1, 1.60:1, 1.21:1, 0.92:1
final drive3.21:1
top speed~257.44 kph / 160 mph
0 – 60 mph~5.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph~13.2 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~13.5 seconds
0 – 100 kph~5.4 seconds

Auction Sales History

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1980 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer 30931 – sold for $352,000 Less than 16,000 Original Miles and Four Owners from New. Well-Documented Service History. Imported into the US in 1980. Offered with Tools, Manuals, and Jack. Cornerstone of Maranello’s Flat-12 Road Cars. Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1980 Ferrari 512 BB 34249 – sold for $359,700 Offered from the William M. Keck Estate. Just one caring Southern Californian owner from new. Meticulously and periodically serviced by Los Angeles Area specialist shops. Exceptionally well-preserved condition inside and out. Offered with owners manuals and pouch. Low-mileage example. Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2015 by Bonhams

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1980 Ferrari 512 BB 33287 – sold for $418,000 Rare Nero Daytona over Nero color combination. Beautifully restored to concours standards; less than 500 miles since completion. Only 12,000 original miles from new. Auction Source: 2015 Amelia Island by RM Sotheby’s

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1979 Ferrari 512 BB 30335 – sold for $335,500 Highly original example of Ferrari’s legendary Berlinetta Boxer. Showing just over 23,000 kilometers from new. Recent engine-out servicing completed. Auction Source: Arizona 2015 by RM Auctions

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1981 Ferrari 512 BB 35409 – sold for $473,000 Only 715 kilometers from new. An exceptionally original Berlinetta Boxer. Single-family ownership since new. Original delivery paperwork, manuals, and unused tools. Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer F102BB*27167 – sold for $187,000 Less than 17,000 Original Kilometers. Optimally Maintained. Imported and Prepared for US Regulations by Dick Fritz’s Amerispec. Offered with Books and Tools. Cornerstone of Maranello’s Flat-Twelve Road Cars. Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1980 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer 32437 – sold for €96,320. This European-specification carburetted 512 BB was supplied in June 1980 to Ferrari dealer Crepaldi in Milan, Italy. Offered today in very presentable condition, this highly desirable carburetted 512 BB has 20,560 km showing on the odometer and is presently finished in Rosso Corsa with tan leather seats and black inserts. It is well-maintained and according to the owner, drives terrifically and is ready for any long distance tour. A European-specification Berlinetta Boxer is considered by many to be the finest variant of the Boxer range and as presented in classic Ferrari colours, a wonderful collector car investment. Auction Source: Monaco 2012 by RM Auctions

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1981 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer – did not sell for $115,000. Introduced in 1976, the Ferrari 512 BB built on the success of its predecessor, the 1973 365 Berlinetta Boxer, with numerous refinements that included a wider rear track, a wider, longer body, a lower front air dam, NACA ducting for the rear brakes and a slightly lengthened tail section. The 512’s Boxer engine, so named because of its horizontally opposed layout, displaced a full 5 liters and produced 340 horsepower at 6,200 RPM using four Weber three-barrel downdraft carburetors, whose crisp power delivery is often preferred by hardcore collectors over the later Bosch fuel-injected version. The 512 engine also marked a return to Ferrari’s traditional practice of combining displacement with the number of cylinders to arrive at the model designation.

Finished in Black with a Cream leather interior, the 1981 512BB offered here is one of just 929 built with Weber downdraft carburetors. It has been driven only 17,900 miles since new and has been meticulously maintained, receiving a full engine-out service in 2009, and remains a fantastic road car that offers the sheer pleasure of driving the best-performing road Ferrari and the ultimate sport GT machine of its time. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1978 Ferrari 512BB Berlinetta Boxer – sold for €72,450. This 512 Berlinetta Boxer has covered just over 40,000 miles from new and is to right hand drive specification. In the present ownership for roughly 20 years it has been maintained throughout by a team of specialists charged with keeping the car in usable order. In recent years that has included some tidying of the Rosso Corsa paintwork, and some 6-7 years ago the car received a new clutch. Its interior of cream leather with black ‘Daytona’ inserts remains very presentable. Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles d’exception au Grand Palais by Bonhams

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1980 Ferrari 512 BB 33799 – sold for $94,770. Mike Amalfitano was one of those and, while this 1980 512 BB was a nice and satisfying car when he acquired it he expected more. Equipped with air conditioning – as many of this luxury berlinetta were – Mike sent it to specialists for a thorough reconditioning both mechanically and cosmetically. Presented in Ferrari red with tan leather upholstery (and without the black lower body panels which early-80s style favored), some subtle but important refinements have been made, particularly to the engine compartment, for quieter and cooler operation.

Today it is essentially unblemished and both little used and maintained, ready for instant use and enjoyment as were all of the Amalfitano cars. Original manuals accompany the car, contained within the nearly pristine original owner’s folder.

The odometer displays under 20,000 km, an indication of the sparing use which this watershed Ferrari has seen in the last thirty years.

The Berlinetta Boxer series was especially significant for Ferrari, not only transitioning to mid-engined road cars but also responding to the evolving requirements of tailpipe emissions. Compact, powerful, luxurious, beautiful and balanced, it is the rootstock of a glorious branch of Ferrari twelves on both roads and race circuits. Auction Source: Bonhams 2010 Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia

1976→1981 Ferrari 512 BB

1979 Ferrari 512 BB 28709 – sold for €126,500. The very good condition of the metallic Dino blue paint and tobacco and black leather interior of the 512 BB we have the pleasure of offering here clearly shows the careful 46,000 kilometres the car has covered from new. Sold in 1979 to a buyer in Milan, the Berlinetta Boxer was purchased by the current and second owner in 1983 at which time it had travelled 12,000 kilometres.

In the 24 years the previous owner had possessed the car it had been lightly used, all the while benefiting from consistent maintenance to conserve its very original condition. In fact, it has only covered 3,000 kilometres in the last 15 years. This lovely 512 BB is complete with its original tools, manuals and documents as well as its original fitted luggage; it is ASI registered and possesses a Ferrari Classiche certification, attesting to its originality and correctness. Cosmetically freshened in 2007, this well-maintained Ferrari is a wonderful example of the highly desirable carburetted Boxer. Auction Source: 2008 Leggenda e Passione