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1983 Ferrari 512 BBi

The Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer was introduced to the public at the 1976 Paris Motor Show. The engine was a longitudinally mounted 12-cylinder turned 180 degrees and mounted mid-ship. With the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and DOHC, the naturally aspirated engine produced 340 horsepower, capable of propelling the car from zero to sixty in just 5.6 seconds and had a top speed of 174 mph. During its production run lasting from 1981 through 1984, only 1007 examples of the Pininfarina designed Ferrari 512 BBi were produced. The 512 BBi was replaced by the famous and highly successful Testarossa.

The five-liter engine was constructed of a light-weight alloy material. Power was sent to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential. The brakes were ventilated discs with vacuum servo-assist. The excellent performance and handling matched the vehicles exquisite design, drawing attention where ever it went.

With just over 1000 examples produced, its exclusivity and rarity is guaranteed. It continued the Ferrari mid-engine tradition that began with the 206 GT Dino. It drew its styling from the 1970's 365 GT4 BB, although it retained a design that was unique and modern.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2006

Related Reading : Ferrari 512 BBi History

The Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer was produced between 1973 through 1984 with a total of 2,323 examples of all BB models produced. This was a very important model for the Ferrari marque, and one that followed in the footsteps of the mid-engined road car, the 206 GT Dino. Mid-engine placement had been proven to be a useful technique in improving handling and performance Cooper was one of the first....
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Related Reading : Ferrari 512 History

Raced in 1970 and 1971, the Ferrari 512 was a sports vehicle, related to the Ferrari P series of sports prototypes that was eventually withdrawn from competition after a change in regulations in 1968. A year later Ferrari decided to do what Porsche did six months earlier and build 25 5.0 L cars at one time to be homologated as sports car prototypes. The surplus vehicles were intended to be sold to....
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Related Reading : Ferrari 512 BBi History

After the 312 P project, Ferrari completely withdrew from sportscar and GT racing and began to focus completely on Formula 1. U.S. distributor Luigi Chinetti took Ferraris first mid-engine 12-cylinder road car, the 365 GT4BB and with minimal to no factory input and was modified for use by his North American Racing Team. Larger wheels and tires were fitted, rear body work was widened and weight-adding....
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1983 Vehicle Profiles

1983 Ferrari 512 BBi vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: ZFFJA09B000045441

Ferrari introduced a new mid-engine car at the 1971 Turin Motor Show to compete with the Lamborghini Miura and the Maserati Bora supercars. It was developed from the ground up and given a low profile that was wide and clothed in gorgeous Pininfarina....[continue reading]

1983 Ferrari 512 BBi vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: ZFFJA09B000044881

Ferrari introduced their 512 BBi at the Frankfurt Salon with only minor cosmetic and mechanical changes made to the existing BB form, mostly exposed driving lights in the front and the addition of rectangular parking lights next to the exhaust at the....[continue reading]

1983 Ferrari 512 BBi vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: ZFFJA09B000045929
Engine Num: 00517
Gearbox Num: 513

Chassis number 45929 was completed by the factory in January of 1983 and distributed to the Brussels retailer Garage Francorchamps in May. The berlinettta was purchased new and imported to the United States by Michael Sheehan's European Auto Sales in....[continue reading]

1983 Ferrari 512 BBi vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: ZFFJA09B000043937
Engine Num: 00333

This Ferrari 512 BBi is finished in red over black, with a matching black leather interior. It is in largely original condition, including the paint, and is equipped with air conditioning, AM/FM radio, European-specification bumpers, factory alloy wh....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: ZFFJA09B000045441 
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Chassis #: ZFFJA09B000044881 
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Chassis #: ZFFJA09B000045929 
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Chassis #: ZFFJA09B000043937 

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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ferrari
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)1,054
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)2,841
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)2,366
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)2,223
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)904
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)2,381
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)2,308
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,939

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