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Please note that this vehicle is titled 1984.
Bill De Carr, Bellflower, California (acquired in late 1984)Current Owner (acquired in 2015)
Making its debut in 1973, the famed Berlinetta Boxer had earned its rightful place as Ferrari’s exceptional grand touring car. In 1981, Ferrari updated the Berlinetta Boxer’s five-liter flat 12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, which delivered smooth performance through the rev range. With 1,007 examples built through 1984, the 512 BBi proved to be the ultimate incarnation of the flat-12 berlinetta, paving the way for the Testarossas to follow. Showing low mileage, and benefiting from a recent sympathetic restoration, this unique mid-production BBi was owned for 29 years by one of Southern California’s best-known automotive customizers.
Remaining in Europe for two years after production, chassis 40897 was imported in 1984 by Bill De Carr, an independent automotive paint specialist who built his reputation in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s alongside noted Kustom painters such as George Barris. Quite popular among area collectors, De Carr reportedly worked on as many as 45 automobiles that won awards on the lawn at Pebble Beach. He was renowned for his deft bodywork and proprietary paint formulas, which featured deep saturated hues and mirror-like finishes.
De Carr soon applied his own signature “De Carr Red” to the 512’s exterior, a deeper, more complex color reputedly consisting of 10 coats of red followed by 10 additional coats of mixed clearcoat. Still striking today in its remarkable hue, the Boxer was driven very little over the following three decades, with the odometer displaying about 5,200 miles at the time of De Carr’s passing in 2013.
Purchased then by a dealer in Los Angeles, the Boxer was the beneficiary of some sympathetic measures, as it had been sitting in storage for several years. Gran Turismo of Los Angeles was retained to perform an engine- out service to adjust the valve clearances, head resurfacing, and fit new guides and gaskets. The clutch assembly and suspension were rebuilt, a new ignition box and air-conditioning compressor were installed, and the ignition system was overhauled.
After the Ferrari was acquired by the consignor in 2015, additional measures were entrusted to Jack Bianchi, the esteemed mechanic in Santa Barbara, California, including a rebuild of a rear-axle half shaft with new CV boot, and further fine detailing. Currently displaying just over 5,500 miles, this beautiful 512 BBi still features its original factory-appointed interior, and is ideal for concours display or enjoyment on the open road. Such a minimally used and unusually finished example would make a fantastic addition to any collection.