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In 1976 Ferrari introduced a revised version of the Berlinetta Boxer, one that was more driveable in all conditions and with an enlarged five-litre engine to provide greater torque. No doubt spurred on by the imminent arrival of Lamborghini's wild LP400 Countach S, Ferrari upstaged the financially troubled Sant' Agata manufacturer by releasing their 512 Boxer in 1976.
With the exception of a wider rear track, few set-up changes were made, the outgoing 365's 4.4-litre Flat-12 engine undergoing the most fundamental revisions. Despite no fundamental changes being made to the bodywork, a couple of detail alterations do help identify 512's from GT4's. Most obviously there was a new wraparound chin spoiler, NACA ducts carved out from in front of the rear wheelarches and twin rear lights rather than distinctive triple clusters. New wing mirrors and a mildly reworked rear valance housing four exhaust pipes instead of six also differentiated the new version.
Few changes of any note were made to the cabin, just some minor switchgear and instrument relocation. Launched during October 1976 at the Paris Salon, the 512 Berlinetta Boxer continued in production until late 1981, by which time some 929 examples had been completed, 106 of which were right-hand drive and only 101 were delivered to the UK.
This example, chassis 28235, was first delivered as a UK car in late 1979 to its first owner Mr John Foulston. Foulston was famous for having an extensive collection of race cars and for owning Brands Hatch (amongst a few others) Race circuit. This Boxer was a personal favourite of his and was always maintained meticulously. In 1980 when the car was just one year old he ordered a number of LM specification parts to upgrade his Boxer including Pistons, Camshafts, Carburettor upgrades and an exhaust system.
The car remains in this specification to this day along with its early 512 BBLM (mark 1) front splitter, ram air fed air boxes, AP racing brakes, fully adjustable Koni shock absorbers, heavy duty clutch, 11 & 9 inch wheels and wide rear wheel arches. Purchased by its second owner in 1984 and its third and current owner in 1992 as previously mentioned the car has remained in its upgraded state for 31 out of its 32 year life. The car is presented in concours condition having had a full engine rebuild in 2006, a bare metal respray in 2008 in stunning Blue Chiaro and a thorough concours preparation in 2010 (at a cost of £15,000!!). A substantial history file accompanies the car detailing all servicing and MOT's during its 40,000 miles on the road. A unique opportunity to purchase a very individual motor car.