1981 Ferrari 512BB

The 512 BB was introduced during the year of 1976. It had a larger 4942cc F-12 engine, however it produced less power than the 4390cc engine it was replacing. Albeit, it did produce more torque and had a higher compression ratio.

In 1981, the BBi version was introduced which featured fuel injection replacing the carburettor system.

Production ended in 1984 and was replaced by the Testarossa. During its production run about 929 512BB's and 1,007 512BBi's were produced.
1981 Ferrari 512BB 1981 Ferrari 512BB 1981 Ferrari 512BB
Chassis #: 35409
Engine #: 00797
Sold for $473,000 at 2014 RM Auctions at Monterey.
Sold for $252,467 (€230,000) at 2020 RM Sothebys : Paris.
This Ferrari 512 BB arrived via transporter on May 18th of 1981 at the home of its new owner, who had paid $90,000 for the car. At the time, the car had accumulated only 400 kilometers. Another 314 kilometers were added during EPA testing. After barely another kilometer on the Pirelli tires, the car was put into his garage, with the factory plastic still on the seats and door sills. It would remain in the garage for 33 years.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
1981 Ferrari 512BB
Chassis #: 38347
Engine #: 38347
Sold for $303,600 at 2014 Rick Cole Auctions : Monterey.
The Ferrari 512BB is a late-production example that has only 16,430 original miles. It was refinished ten years ago in period-correct Rosso Corsa red over black. There are red leather with black inserts and the car rides on new tires.

The Ferrari 5-liter, 12-cylidner engine provided additional displacement over the 365BB that it replaced. Other refinements given to the 512BB included a wider rear track, wider and longer body, lower front air dam and NACA ducts to force more air to the brakes. 1981 was the final year for the Weber-carbureted engine, as fuel-injection was phased into production during the year.

It is estimated that approximately 1,000 examples of the 512BB Berlinettas were constructed between 1976 and 1981.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014

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