- Chassis 20679
- Supplied new by official French importer Ch. Pozzi
- Exceptional original condition
- A matching numbers example with original colours
- Offered with its original service book
The Ferrari 512 BB
At its debut at the Paris Show in 1976, the 512 BB was equipped with a 5-litre version of the 12-cylinder boxer. The new engine proved a great success, giving the same power at lower revs, better torque and a smoother delivery than the earlier version in the 365 GT4 BB. The Pininfarina coachwork differed only slightly from the previous model in certain details which not only made it look even more elegant but also helped improve engine cooling.
The body was mounted on a 2500mm wheelbase chassis, that had factory reference number F 102 BB 100, and all were numbered in the odd chassis number road car sequence. The construction followed the same principles as that of the 365 GT4/BB of a tubular steel chassis frame with a monocoque central cell. Again as with the 365 GT4/BB, the 512 models were available in right or left hand drive form, but no USA market versions were ever made. The standard road wheels were alloy five spoke “star” pattern, with a knock off spinner on a Rudge hub, although legislative requirements in some markets dictated the fitment of a large octagonal hub nut. The wheels covered large ventilated disc brakes with twin hydraulic circuits, and servo assistance. Independent suspension was provided all round, via wishbones, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, with twin rear units, together with front and rear anti roll bars.
The flat twelve cylinder engine was of the same configuration as that fitted in the 365 GT4/BB, but with a cubic capacity of 4943cc, and 82mm x 78mm bore and stroke, with factory type reference F 102 B 000. It featured belt driven twin overhead camshafts per bank, with the basic construction, operating principles and layout of the engine and transmission, apart from the adoption of dry sump lubrication and a hydraulically operated clutch, the same as the 365 GT4/BB. The 512 BB was fitted with four triple choke Weber 40 IF 3C carburettors, with a single distributor, driven off the left rear inlet camshaft and electronic ignition system, to produce a claimed 340 bhp. Although the earlier 365 GT4/BB produced more power than its later relative, the larger engine offered greater torque and improved driveability. (Source: Ferrari)
Chassis 20679 was supplied new to the French market by Ch. POZZI SA on March 4th 1977 to its first owner Mr Teisserenc from Bayone area in the country’s south west area.
In the early 90’s the car is acquired by Mr J.P Maillard in Switzerland who had a full service performed at 80.500 KM including a new cluth, belts and valves adjustment. 5 years later 20679 went back to France to Ferrari enthusiast Mr A. Benedetti who back then used to own also an Azzuro Metalizzato BB512, among other Ferrari cars. At 84.500 KM Mr Benedetti had a comprehensive service done in 2001 which included again a new clutch, belts, gearbox’s 3rd synchro and shock absorbers.
The car was rather sparingly used for the next 10 years, sitting in a collection in the south of France. By 2012 it underwent a complete engine overhaul by renowned marque expert LM Racing at EUR 13.000 cost. 20679 was subsequently sold by ourselves to its current owner who made very little use of it for the last 5 years. Four new tires have been then fitted to the car and a full engine service with new belts will be performed at the time of the sale for its new owner to enjoy the car for years to come.
The car displays today a mere 89.550 KM from new and is presented in stunning original condition. This example will enhance any collection for those looking to acquire one of the finest 512 BB available on the market.
Available immediately, French registered.