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Richard Parker, Los Angeles, California (acquired as a personal import from Italy circa 1984)Current Owner (acquired from the above circa 2004)
In 1984, Enzo Ferrari gave a rare interview with Italian television. In it, he said “Per me, le machine … e come uno figlio” (“For me … the cars are like a son”), and in this we see how each Ferrari is special. Chassis 47867 is no exception, imported to the US by a Hollywood celebrity and based its whole life in the Los Angeles area. Under 15,000 miles and just two owners across four decades distinguish this BBi today.
Designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, the BBi was the third version of the Berlinetta Boxer, with 1,007 examples produced between 1981 and 1984. Since Enzo Ferrari did not federalize this, his V-12 flagship model, for the US market, the few that came stateside were personal imports.
Visually, there are a few differences from the previous 512 model: new fog lights at the rear, new white daytime running lights in the grille, and a change to metric-sized wheels and tires. Most importantly, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection was introduced, and with it, the flat 12 engine developed a more civilized temperament.
Actress Kirstie Alley bought no. 47867 new as a gift for her then-husband, Richard Parker – better known by his professional name, Parker Stevenson. He also is an actor, having starred in TV’s The Hardy Boys, and the couple was known for their extravagant parties and keeping a menagerie of exotic animals.
The BBi, one of a 13-car collection, was federalized into the US in California. Included in the documentation supplied are smog certificates dating back over a decade, illustrating that 47867 has been dutifully maintained. Since 2004, when the BBi was acquired by the consignor, regular servicing has been performed by noted marque specialist Bill Erickson.
In 2010, not long after being serviced at 16,800 km, the car’s odometer failed. The consignor then sourced a replacement unit and retained the original; he attests that the BBi has been driven minimally since.
A major engine-out service has recently taken place, with valves adjusted, and a major cooling system service was performed. All hoses were replaced with an upgraded silicone type and the water pump was rebuilt. During this service many fuel and vacuum lines were replaced as well. In addition, the transaxle was serviced, including a new billet ring and pinion, slave cylinder, and new clutch. Taken together, a picture emerges of a thoroughly maintained and sparingly driven motor car. 47867 is supplied with a complete tool kit, manuals, its original radio, and graphic equalizer.
Resplendent in its original colors of Rosso Corsa over tan leather, with just two previous owners, low mileage, limited production numbers, and fascinating provenance, this BBi is an outstanding opportunity for any collector.