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1979 Ferrari 512 BBLM
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1979 Ferrari 512 BBLM information
F102 BB LM *006*
Cavallino Classic XIX
Engine Num: F102 BB LM *006*
Gearbox Num: F102 BB LM Tipo 4 *005*
Ferrari used this example as both a prototype and as the racing homologation model. It was the first of the 'Silhouette' BB/LMs constructed and upon completion, Pininfarina used it in various wind tunnel tests and aerodynamic studies. 26681 was then taken to the track where it was tested at speed.
The car was then used by Charles Pozzi, the Ferrari France race team, though the formal ownership of this vehicle was still with the SEFAC Ferrari. It was sent from the Ferrari factory directly to Daytona Beach, Florida in preparation for the 24 Hours of Daytona.
At Daytona, it wore race number 66 and driven by Jean Claude Andruet and Spartaco Dini. The car qualified 15th on the grid but was formally withdrawn after 103 laps without any problems or issues. The sister car had suffered suspension and tire issues and concerns led to the removal of the other BBLM.
After the race, the car returned back to the Ferrari Factory Race Department in preparation for the 24 Hours of LeMans.
At LeMans, the car wore race number 62. It was driven by Jean Claude Andruet and Spartaco Dini. The car qualified 30th on the grid but would retire after 240 laps after having running 8th overall.
After LeMans, the car was sent back to Ferrari and rebuilt. It was put through additional testing and development. It was never again formally entered in any competition.
In 1984, the car was officially sold to Charles Pozzi and Ferrari of France. The car would remain in storage for over a decade until it was display at a Ferrari France Club Meeting in June of 1991.
Beginning in the mid-1990s, the car would pass through several owners.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2010