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Coachwork by Scaglietti
First Owner, France (acquired new via Charles Pozzi S.A. in 1974)Alain De Boisboissel, Belgium (acquired by 1981)Richard Rider, Mill Valley, California (acquired in 1984)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Featuring sleek and aggressive Pininfarina-designed bodywork, Ferrari’s 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer silenced the company’s doubters as Ferrari’s challenge to the mid-engine Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora. With stylistic DNA rooted in the dramatic Pininfarina P6 concept debuted at the 1968 Torino Auto Show, the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer also first appeared in prototype form at Torino, this time during 1971. Powered by a 4.4-liter flat-12 derived from the Scuderia’s 312 B Grand Prix car, the production-ready Berlinetta Boxer appeared at the 1973 Paris Auto Show. Capable of truly shattering performance, the Berlinetta Boxer is also historic as Ferrari’s first-ever 12-cylinder road car with a mid-engine layout. Just 387 first-series 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxers were produced through 1976 and survivors are coveted for their purity, rarity, and thrilling capabilities.
Bearing chassis no. 18001 and documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this fascinating early-production Boxer was clothed in Scaglietti body no. 162, and it is recorded as having Ferrari Assembly Sequence no. 172. It was originally finished in Fly Yellow with black leather upholstery and completed at the Ferrari factory on June 14, 1974. That month, it was delivered to official Ferrari dealer Charles Pozzi S.A. in Levallois-Perret, the northwestern Paris suburb. Owned early on by Alain De Boisboissel of Belgium, 18001 was exported during August, 1981 from Antwerp to Houston where it was federalized by Bob Norwood Autocraft of Dallas, Texas. In 1984, the Boxer was purchased by Richard Rider, a businessman residing in Mill Valley, California, who repainted the Ferrari black and retained it for approximately 30 years, using it sparingly.
This Boxer is a clean, honest, and most presentable example. In addition to the wider 9" rear wheels and 512-style exhaust that were common upgrades made to early Boxers during the 1980s, the vehicle maintains the black paint finish that was applied during this period. It retains the original French data plate and chassis tag confirming its delivery in France when new, plus its original fuel tanks, Voxson AM/FM eight-track stereo, and old-style blue and yellow California license plate. As offered, this highly desirable and pure early Berlinetta Boxer is complete with the original space-saver spare wheel and tire, and accompanied by the original upholstery, assorted small parts, and the aforementioned historical report. Exceedingly rare and sought after by discerning Ferrari collectors, this early production Berlinetta Boxer marks an exciting find for astute collectors.