Ferrari 512 BB 1978
|· Australian delivered, matching numbered – factory RHD example.
· Documented 20,483 miles from new.
· 1 of 929 produced
· 1 of 101 factory RHD examples
· Full books in the original wallet.
· Original tool kit, jack kit and accessory light.
· Super rare fitted luggage, including: brief case, large suit case, garment / suite bag and an overnight bag.
· Two sets of keys.
· Factory spare wheel (not used).
· The original period correct AWA Clarion radio cassette player.
· A comprehensive history file
· Factory sales literature.
This particular car is an Australian delivered, factory right hand drive example that was collected as a tourist delivery new from the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy by its first owner in May 1978. He kept the car at his home in Monaco, using it in the UK and Europe before bringing it to Australia (Sydney) in April 1984. He owned the car through until February 1995 at which time the mileage was 9,399 miles. The car’s second owner was also in Sydney and he owned the car for some eight years before selling in February 2003. The mileage then was 16,585 miles. The car was repainted in October 2001. The third owner of this 512BB, who was in Adelaide, acquired the car in February 2003. He was a passionate Ferrari enthusiast who also used the car sparingly during his ten years of ownership. When the car was sold to its fourth owner, based in Perth, in February 2013 the odometer was at 20,143 miles.
The car presents immaculately inside and out. It starts easily on a turn of the key and soon settles into a smooth idle. After driving this 512BB for five minutes it is very obvious that this is a wonderfully sorted car. The engine pulls like a train, the gear change is tight and the car performs as one would expect.
The paint work is excellent, and it is vibrant with a great depth of colour. The red (rosso corsa) / satin black colour scheme is iconic on a Boxer and it is complemented beautifully by the magnolia (tan) and black interior. The panel gaps are excellent all round and both doors, the front & rear clips open and close like they would have done back in 1978. The car is as clean inside as it is outside. The cockpit is just a lovely place to be. The seats, door cards, dash etc. are all immaculate and ‘like new’. Even the carpets are in great shape! All of the instruments, controls and the (often worn) gear shift knob are similarly in excellent condition. Under the front clip everything is also very clean and in excellent condition. The engine bay is immaculate and the only thing we have picked that is not correct on the car is that the air cleaner box covers look to have been repainted in the wrong shade! The wheels are ‘clean’ and the car is fitted with correct Michelin XWX tyres.
In 2011 the car was treated to a major mechanical overhaul which included: the removal and refurbishment of both cylinder heads, the replacement of all the exhaust valves, the head gaskets & seals were replaced, and the timing belts and tensioners replaced. The carburettors were also re-built, and a new exhaust system heat wrap was applied. The car was last serviced by Barbagallo Ferrari in Perth in July 2016.
This classic Ferrari has to be one of the most original, well cared for, low mileage and fully maintained 512BB’s on the planet. With only 101 factory RHD cars built, it would be hard to find better.
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