1983 Ferrari BB 512i

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If there is one thing that seems like a natural fit in the automotive world, it is the combination of a powerful 12 cylinder engine in a sexy Ferrari body. The 1983 Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer 512i features a 4.9L DOHC flat-12 cylinder engine with iconic 80s Ferrari styling. As is the case with many of Ferrari’s cars, Pininfarina is responsible for the BB 512i’s fashionable styling. 

With pop-up headlights, retro taillights and sleek body lines, this defines an era when moving forward was the only option. It can also keep up with the times thanks to 365 horsepower and 333 ft-lbs of torque. That’s a lot of Prancing Horses, capable of moving the ‘83 512i from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds. With a top speed of 179 miles per hour, Ferrari’s 12 cylinder legacy will always be difficult to catch.

Now that you want one, here comes the catch: they are rare. There were only a total of 1,007 fuel-injected BB models produced from 1982-1984. The good news, this is one of them. 

1983 Ferrari BB 512i

This particular example features a gorgeous Bianco exterior paint finish combined with a classy brown and tan leather interior. The history of this chassis, number 47417, includes importation to the U.S. in 1984 for federalization by Prancing Horse Farm in Edgewood, Maryland. Purchasing this vehicle includes access to complete vehicle history and relevant documentation. 

A 5-speed manual transmission provides an interactive driving experience while the nostalgic euphoria kicks in. You obviously should never wear sunglasses while driving at night, but you will want to. With less than 12,000 miles (19,000 km) on the odometer and recent service records, why not take it for a spin once in a while?

Although this car is not perfect, nobody expects a vehicle that is nearing its fourth decade to be immaculate. This is the kind of Ferrari you can drive without excessive guilt, and for many drivers, that is half of the point. Of course, it will not last long, so place your bid while you can.

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