1987 Ferrari 512BBi

Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde 2021
Wednesday, 3 March - Wednesday, 10 March 2021
€184,000 ($218,960)
Sale Price
€160,000 - €200,000
Est. Range
10 March 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
Auction House
Chassis no. ZFFJA09B000047075. Red with black lower body over black leather. 4,942/340hp, 5-speed, 5-spoke centerlock alloy wheels, tri-ear wheel nuts, Michelin XWX tires, Borletti air conditioning, power windows, leather rim steering wheel, Pioneer cassette stereo.

Evaluation: Present ownership since 2014, represented as recently belt serviced but also stated to need a new major and cam belt service. Clean, orderly engine compartment. Good original upholstery lightly patinaed appropriate to the 44,151 km displayed on the odometer. There’s a tiny chip on the right rear corner but otherwise the paint is good and bright. Reassuring in appearance yet confusing in its service history.

Bottom Line: The Berlinetta Boxer benefited from Ferrari’s Formula 1 experience with horizontally-opposed 12-cylinder engines in the late Sixties. In addition to the confusion over its service status, this BBi is also confusing that it is called a 1987, when 512 BBi production ended in 1984. 1987 was well into the era of its successor, the Testarossa. Under the confusing circumstances it did well to bring this price.

by Rick Carey
20 March 2021
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