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One of Only 387 Examples BuiltInterauto, Milan, Italy (acquired from M. Gastone Crepaldi Automobili in 1975)First Private Owner, Vicenza, Italy (acquired from the above in 1976)Barry Kirshner, North Woodmere, New York (acquired from the above in February 1978)Chad Monnin, New Albany, Ohio (acquired in March 2011)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. Powered by a 4.4-liter flat-12 engine derived in part from that of the contemporary 312 B Grand Prix car, the BB appeared in production-ready form at the 1973 Paris 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. Just 387 first-series 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxers were produced through 1976, and while subsequent variants continued through 1984, Ferrari enthusiasts and collectors admire these early production cars for their purity of line, exclusive production numbers, and exhilarating performance.
The 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer presented here, chassis 18419, is a relatively lateproduction example fitted with body number 301. Originally finished in Rosso Chiaro (Light Red) with beige leather upholstery, it was completed on March 13, 1975, and delivered new to Milanese concessionaire M. Gastone Crepaldi Automobili. The Ferrari passed through another Milan-based dealer, Interauto, before finding a private owner in the Vincenza area, where it was registered as VI 359998.
In March 1978, Barry Kirshner of North Woodmere, New York, acquired 18419 and personally oversaw its importation into the US. Mr. Kirshner, a member of the Ferrari Owners Club, enjoyed the Boxer for over three decades before parting with it in 2011.
Currently displaying approximately 35,000 km (less than 22,000 miles), this 365 GT4 BB remains in largely original order, with the exception of a high-quality bare metal repaint in its original color. Since Mr. Kirshner’s ownership, this Ferrari has been continuously maintained in two private collections and invoices on file attest to nearly $100,000 in service work carried out by Continental Ferrari and Ferrari of Houston since 2011.
Thorough documentation is supplied with the sale of 18419, including the Ferrari Classiche Certification Red Book, a history report compiled by Marcel Massini, ownership documents, recent service records, and importation paperwork, including a letter of certification from the EPA. In addition to the aforementioned documents, this highly collectible, first-series Berlinetta Boxer is accompanied by a tool kit and owners’ manual and stands ready to provide an intoxicating driving experience with its sonorous Weber-carbureted flat-12 and impressive presentation.
Given its history of low mileage, meticulous stewardship and recent maintenance, this 365 GT4 represents a particularly appealing offering.