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Ferrari 512 BB

Rosso Corsa with Crema

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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. But 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 was delivered by HR Owen in November 1978 to its first owner presented in Nero with Crema leather. Today 21559 is presented in very original condition having covered just 46,000 miles from new (with the exception of a bare metal repaint carried out in the 1980's). A substantial history file accompanies the car detailing the thorough servicing it has received throughout its life.