First seen in 1971 at the Turin Motor Show, the 365 GT/4 BB was unveiled as the successor to the front-engined Ferrari Daytona. The engine shared the same internal dimensions as the Daytona (4.4 Litres) but was now in a 180° configuration, like the Ferrari Formula One cars of the time. The original 365 GT/4 BB was available for sale from 1973 until 1976 when after just 387 were built, the new 512 BB was launched.
Although similar in appearance to the outgoing 365, the 512 BB introduced a dual plate clutch, a higher compression ratio and dry sump lubrication. It was also the first Ferrari to move away from the traditional model number designation, that used the individual cylinder displacement, to a new system of the displacement followed by the number of cylinders, in this case 5 litres and 12 cylinders. After 929 examples had been built (101 in RHD), the 512 BB was replaced by the 512 BBi which saw the move to fuel injection, a move that at the time was more prompted by emissions and moving with the times, as it offered no more power and one lost the incredible noise of 6 Webers greedily sucking air in, a few inches behind your head. A technological step forward perhaps but a step back for the purist.
This unit has been restored in Ferrari Classich. Absolutely documented. The car remains in concourse condition since the restoration and also has the Ferrari Classich certificate of originality.
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