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1980 Ferrari 512 BB/LM

History

The Ferrari 512 BB LM was produced from 1979 through 1982 with only 25 examples produced. The Pininfarina design bodies featured a longitudinally, mid-mounted 12-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels. The 512 BB LM was a continuation of the 512 BB, but built specifically for the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 512 BB had been shown a few years prior at the 1976 Paris Motorshow and served as a replacement for the 365 GT4 BB.

The chassis of the 512 BB was modified by Ferrari and a weight reduction of around 200 lbs was achieved. Unfortunately, the newly designed body weighed about 200 pounds extra than the 512 BB so there was no overall weight reduction. The engine was modified to include a Lucas Fuel Injection system which boosted power to around 460 horsepower. Further modifications improved output to 500 horsepower. The gearbox was not modified to handle the extra horsepower and ultimately would be the demise of its chances at many racing events.

The Ferrari 512 BB LM suffered from poor handling. In an effort to reduce the wheelbase and to fit all the components, the engine was mounted above the gearbox. This meant a lot of weight sat high in the vehicle and greatly affected the handling.

At its inaugural Le Mans appearance, the 512 BB LM finished in a disappointing 12th. The above-mentioned issues coupled with strong competition from other competitors such as Porsche with their 700 horsepower 935's, the 512 BB LM was outclassed. Modifications and improvements were made the 512 BB LM's over the following years and in 1981 a 512 BB LM scored a class victory at LeMans, the highlight of their career.

The BB LM's were retired in 1984 when they failed to meet new regulations.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2007

1980 Vehicle Profiles

1980 Ferrari 512 BB/LM vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 32131

Ferrari 512 BBLM with chassis number 32131 was never raced. In June of 1980 the car was purchased by a United States resident named P. Paul Pappalardo. He kept the car for a period of time before selling it to Ed Wettach, also of the US. Ron Spang....[continue reading]

1980 Ferrari 512 BB/LM vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 38181

Ferrari 512 BBLM with chassis number 38181 has engine number 024 031. It has never been raced except in historic competition. In November of 1981 the car was sold to P Paul Pappalardo. By 1982 it was in the ownership of Gary Schaevitz. The next o....[continue reading]

1980 Ferrari 512 BB/LM vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: F102BB*34445

Ferrari 512 BBLM with chassis number 34445 was sold to Ron Spangler of 'Prancing Horse Farm' for the 1981 '24-Hours of Daytona.' It was the only BBLM to ever lead at Daytona. Under Spangler's care the car was entered into competition. In 1981 the ....[continue reading]

1980 Ferrari 512 BB/LM vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 29509

Ferrari 512 BBLM with chassis number 29509 was constructed on May 2nd of 1980. Its first owner was Bob Donner of Denver, Colorado who drove it in the 1980 Virginia City Hillclimb where it wore number 77 and would setting a new hill record.....[continue reading]

1980 Ferrari 512 BB/LM vehicle information

Coupe
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 29511
Engine Num: F102B000034

This 1980 Ferrari 512BBLM is a left hand drive example that was completed in May of 1980. It wears chassis number 295111 and was sold to John Gelles of Chappaqua, NY. Gelles used it in competition at Lime Rock, Watkins Glen, 24 Hours of Daytona, an....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 32131 
Coupe
Chassis #: 38181 
Coupe
Chassis #: F102BB*34445 
Coupe
Chassis #: 29509 
Coupe
Chassis #: 29511 

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