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Dr. Ron Finger, Savannah, Georgia (acquired circa 1977)Dr. Richard J. Sternberg, St. Charles, Illinois (acquired in October 1980)Antonio Vole, Highland Park, Illinois (acquired in January 1986)James Greenwell, Evanston, Illinois (acquired in July 1986)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Clothed in sleek and aggressive bodywork that grows ever more attractive with the passage of time, Ferrari’s 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer marks Ferrari’s challenge to the Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora. With stylistic DNA rooted in the dramatic Pininfarina P6 concept shown at the 1968 Torino Motor Show, the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer prototype first appeared at Torino in 1971. Powered by a 4.4-liter fat-12 engine, derived in part from that of the contemporary 312 B Grand Prix car, the Berlinetta Boxer appeared in production ready form at the 1973 Paris Motor Show. As the historic successor to the beloved 365 GTB/4 “Daytona,” the 365 GT4 Berlinetta is Ferrari’s first-ever 12-cylinder mid-engine road car.
Production of the 365 GT4 commenced in late 1973 for a 1974 model release. Testers from Road & Track reported reaching 175 mph with a 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer in the magazine’s June 1975 issue, boldly declaring it “the fastest road car we’ve ever tested.” Just 387 first-series 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxers were produced through 1976, and while subsequent variants continued through 1984, these early models are particularly coveted by Ferrari enthusiasts and marque experts for their purity, rarity, and shattering performance.
According to the history compiled by Ferrari authority Marcel Massini, this 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer is a late-production example – the 353rd in production sequence – fitted with body no. 361. Finished in Rosso Chiaro (Light Red) with beige leather upholstery, it was completed on September 15, 1975, and delivered new to dealer Motor S.a.s. Di Carla Allegretti e C. in Rome. During 1976, the Boxer was sold from Italy to New York City and then brought to US EPA/DOT compliance by Dick Fritz’s Amerispec Corporation in Danbury, Connecticut. By 1977, the Boxer was in the hands of its first known private owner, Dr. Ron Finger of Savannah, Georgia, a plastic surgeon and noted collector of some of the finest Enzo-era Ferrari models. In October 1980, Dr. Richard Sternberg, a periodontist in St. Charles, Illinois, acquired the Boxer. In October 1986, it passed into the care of another Chicago-area owner before being acquired by Jim Greenwell of Evanston, Illinois, who retained the Boxer for nearly three decades.
Offered in beautiful and well-maintained condition, this Boxer has traveled approximately 50,700 km (30,420 miles), a figure supported by the Boxer’s extensive file dating to 1980, which contains service records and registration documents. Most recently, an authorized Ferrari dealer serviced the Boxer, the paint finish was detailed, and the upholstery was carefully and selectively re-dyed. In addition to the aforementioned history report and document file, this highly collectible, first-series Berlinetta Boxer is accompanied by a tool kit and owner’s manual, and stands ready to provide an intoxicating experience with its sonorous Weber-carbureted “fat 12” and impressive presentation.