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1983 Ferrari BB 512i

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Not every older Ferrari is beautiful or collectible. There is an entire run of cars in the 1970s — a not especially great era for automotive design — that we can all do without. I never found the 308/328 cars particularly attractive, although that could be based in part on Magnum PI snobbery and how underpowered they were relative to their costs.

One exception: Ferrari BB 512i. Made between 1976 and 1984, it replaced the gorgeous (front-engine) Daytona. It was the first in what would become a long series of mid-engine flat-12 engined Ferraris. It was the first  mid-engine road-car to bear the Ferrari name and the Cavallino Rampante (prancing horse) logo. The lovely 246 GT (see this, this or this), the first mid-engined Ferrari road car, was sold under Dino name.

The name stood for its 5 liter, 12 cylinder engine design. Like everyone else, I heard the “BB” as Berlinetta Boxer, but that apparently is incorrect. According to a Ferrari engineer, it stood for “Berlinetta Bialbero” meant dual camshaft. Internally in Modena, it was secretly referred to as “Brigitte Bardot,” perceived to be exceptionally beautiful, like the French actress — hence the initials.

1,007 examples of these fuel injected (i) were built from 1981 to 1984. These tend to go for $200k plus — the example picture below was bid to $218,000, (but the reserve not met.)

 

 

 

 

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