1984 512BBi Chasis #47867

 

Location: Ferrari Beverly Hills Collezione

Chassis: 47867

Engine: 5.0L V12

Transmission: Five-speed manual

Designer: Pininfarina

Coachwork: Scaglietti

Mileage: True Mileage Unknown (read below)

Color: Red Exterior with no Boxer Trim | Tan Interior

Production run: 1,007

Certifications: Ferrari Classiche Red Book

PROVENANCE

In 1984, Enzo Ferrari gave a rare interview to the Italian television. In it, he said “Per me, la macchina… è come un figlio” (“For me a car… is like a son”), and in this we see how each Ferrari is special. Chassis No. 47867 is no exception, imported to the US by a Hollywood celebrity and based its whole life in the Los Angeles area. The car is believed to have had only three Angeleno owners across four decades.

Actress Kirstie Alley imported No. 47867 from Maranello, new as a gift for her then-husband, Richard Parker— better known by his acting name, Parker Stevenson. Stevenson became famous across the country after starring in The Hardy Boys, and the couple was known for their extravagant parties and keeping a menagerie of exotic animals. In the early 2000s No. 47867 was purchased by Guy Browning of Ventura, California, who owned this Ferrari up until 2015 when it passed into the hands of the current consignor.

MAINTENANCE OF THE CAR

The car’s documentation is thorough and includes smog certificates dating back over a decade, illustrating that this 512 BBi has been dutifully maintained. The BBi has had regular servicing performed by a noted marque specialist. No. 47857’s documentation includes receipts of services and repair orders in excess of $58,000.

In 2010, not long after being serviced, the car’s odometer failed at 16,834 miles. The owner at the time then sourced a replacement unit. It is believed that since then, the current miles of 9,155 showing on the odometer would have been in addition to the 16,834 when replaced. However, without having that documentation this vehicle is being sold with “true miles unknown”.

The most recent major engine-out service was done in May 2014, with valves adjusted, and a major cooling system service performed. All hoses were replaced with an upgraded silicone type and the water pump was rebuilt. During this service, many fuel and vacuum lines were replaced as well. In addition, the transaxle was serviced, including a new billet ring and pinion, slave cylinder, and new clutch. Additionally, the car is supplied with a complete tool kit, manuals, its original radio, and graphic equalizer. Taken together, a picture emerges of a thoroughly maintained and sparingly driven motor car.

THE BERLINETTA BOXER STORY

At the 1976 Paris Salon, the 512 BBi was presented as the successor of the 1971 365 GT4 BB, resurrecting the name of the earlier Ferrari 512 racing prototype. The number 512 referred to the car’s enlarged 5 liter, 12-cylinder engine. A new engine that proved a great success, giving the same power at lower revs, better torque and a smoother delivery than the earlier version. The chassis remained unaltered and the Pininfarina coachwork strongly recalled its predecessor, while offering improved engine cooling and revamped elegance. Historically, the Berlinetta Boxer series was crucial for the Ferrari marque, as it moved the coveted V-12 to the mid-engine position and reinstated Ferrari as the supercar superpower after Lamborghini’s success with the Miura.

The engine design was dubbed a “boxer” because the pistons were opposed parallel to one another and moved like a boxer throwing jabs. Ferrari had used the flat-12 configuration for years. It appeared first in its Formula 1 cars in 1964 and ‘65, then in 1969’s undefeated hill climb champion, the Ferrari 212 E Montagna. Ferrari’s 1970 and ‘71 F1 machines also were flat-12 powered.

The 512s were never sold in the US, where strict emissions regulations made the cost of compliance uneconomic to Enzo Ferrari’s eyes. The few exemplars that made it to the US were personal imports from influential Ferrari customers.

THE 512 BBi DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE

Designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, a young designer working at Pininfarina, the BBi was the third, and final version of the Berlinetta Boxer series, with only 1,007 examples produced between 1981 and 1984, it is one of the lowest production “modern era” 12-cylinders.

Bosch K-Jetronic mechanical fuel injection on the 512 BBi replaced the outgoing model’s four carburettors. This was in line with the changes made to all Ferrari models at the time. Otherwise mechanically identical, the flat-12 featured lower maximum revs (6,600 rpm compared to the 512 BB’s 6,800 rpm) and the engine developed 20 horsepower less, but top speeds remained around a staggering 174 mph. With this fuel-injected engine, absolutely none of the BBi’s powerful impact as a racing prototype inspired car was lost. The beautiful single-bolt wheels, with a design reminiscent of Formula One cars, helped reinforce the association.

Otherwise, the cosmetic upgrades from the previous 512 model were subtle. Externally, the BBi was recognizable by the re-designed rear bumper, chin spoiler, the side NACA duct finished in black and the body-color wing mirror. Inside,  on some models the classic Connolly leather seats featured a central wool insert and the cars came fitted with air conditioning and central locking.

FINAL REMARKS

The Berlinetta Boxers were pioneers of the brand’s transition to rear mid-engine, and will forever be considered iconic models. It is thanks to them, that we can listen to the magnificent cavallino engines right behind our ears. Resplendent in its original colors of Rosso Corsa over tan leather, with very few previous owners, low mileage, limited production numbers, and fascinating provenance, this 512 BBi No. 47867 is an outstanding opportunity for any collector.

 

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