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*Please note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident.
Dr. J. Terence Daly, Del Mar, California (acquired new in March 1984)Jay Glaser, Rolling Hills, California (acquired from the above in November 2001)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Classics for Charity Car Show, Beverly Hills, California, March 2006 (Best in Class)FCA Southwest Region Concorso Ferrari, Pasadena, California, April 2006 (Platinum Award)Newport Beach Concours d’Elegance, Newport Beach, California, October 2007 (Second in Class)Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, Palos Verdes, California, September 2012
Introduced in 1981, the Ferrari 512 BBi was the final evolution of Ferrari’s famed Berlinetta Boxer line, which debuted in 1973 with the original 365 GT4 BB. Equipped with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, the BBi’s five-liter flat 12 delivered smooth, effortless performance. Fuel injection, along with other subtle cosmetic and mechanical refinements, contributed to the model’s outstanding performance and reputation as a comfortable grand touring car. In all, just 1,007 examples were built before the Berlinetta Boxer bowed out to make room for the all-new Testarossa.
Possessing meticulous documentation, an immaculate restoration, and just three owners from new, this 1984 512 BBi is one of the most desirable examples to appear at auction in many years. As reflected by an original purchase order from Ferrari, this car was ordered new by Dr. J. Terence Daly of Del Mar, California, who specified the attractive color scheme of Argento (silver) with black leather upholstery. Working with Newport Imports in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Daly then arranged for his new Ferrari to be imported and federalized, ultimately taking delivery in March 1984.
Dr. Daly drove the BBi regularly and had it serviced at the respected Bobileff Motorcar Company in San Diego, including a major 30,000-mile service in 1986. In November 2001, the Boxer was sold directly to Jay Glaser of Rolling Hills, California, a collector known for his discerning taste in Ferraris. He commissioned a photo-documented restoration by Concours Automotive in nearby La Habra, while the highly regarded Scott Bonowski of Hot Rods & Hobbies in Signal Hill, California, refinished the bodywork in the original livery.
While the car was restored to factory specifications, a few minor, tasteful modifications were made. Drilled pedals and an aluminum shift knob were installed, the headers were powder-ceramic coated, and a Tubi exhaust was fitted. Mr. Glaser also commissioned Coker Tires, owner of the original Michelin TRX molds, to reissue a batch of proper tires. Following the exacting 18-month restoration, the BBi was displayed at the Santa Barbara Concours d’Elegance, the Newport Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region’s Concorso Ferrari in Pasadena, where the car received a Platinum Award. The Ferrari was also the subject of an extensive feature article in the August 2006 issue of Forza magazine.
Accompanied by its original tools, owner’s manual, warranty card, and important records (including the original sales invoice from Ferrari), this breathtakingly restored and well-documented Berlinetta Boxer is, without equivocation, one of the finest examples in the world. It is also accompanied by original federalization paperwork for driving on American roads, where the race-bred 12-cylinder engine can be enjoyed to its thrilling potential.