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Offered from the William M. Keck Estate 1980 FERRARI 512 BB Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina Chassis no. 34249 Engine no. 00755

Sold for US$359,700 inc. premiumLot to be sold without reserve
Lot 111¤
Offered from the William M. Keck Estate
1980 FERRARI 512 BB
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina

Offered from the William M. Keck Estate
1980 FERRARI 512 BB
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 34249
Engine no. 00755

4,943cc DOHC Flat 12-Cylinder Engine
4 Weber Carburetors
360bhp at 6,800rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Just one caring Southern Californian owner from new
*Meticulously and periodically serviced by Los Angeles Area specialist shops
*Exceptionally well-preserved condition inside and out
*Offered with owners manuals and pouch
*Low-mileage example


The stunningly handsome and very rapid Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer, or 512 BB, was introduced at the October 1976 Paris Auto Show, although actual production had begun several months earlier. The 512 BB was the successor to the 365 GT4 BB, and offered a similar mechanical layout and exterior appearance but with the addition of a new front chin spoiler and NACA intakes on the flanks. There were now just four taillights instead of six.

Most notably, the 365BB/512BB series was Ferrari's first with a 180-degree flat 12-cylinder engine in a production car. The four camshafts on these engines were belt-driven, another "first" for Ferrari. The 512's engine produced 360 DIN bhp at 6200 rpm, breathing through a quartet of Weber three-barrel carburetors. Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection replaced the carburetors in late 1981 to help meet increasingly tough US exhaust emission regulations, with the car's name being altered to reflect that change. Horsepower dropped to 340 and torque to 333 foot-pounds at 4600 rpm. The injected Berlinetta Boxer remained a strong performer, however, capable of 0-60 from a standing start in six seconds flat, and reaching almost 175 mph (the factory claimed an optimistic 188 mph), covering the standing quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds at 103.5 mph.

A plush leather interior, full instrumentation, electric window lifts, three-point inertia seat belts and air conditioning were standard. A unique "single-arm, twin blade" windshield wiper was fitted to help clear the huge windshield glass. Road & Track magazine called the 512 BB "the best all-around sports and GT car we've tested".


The Ferrari offered here is arguably one of the best-kept examples of the Berlinetta Boxer super car. Being just one owner from new, exceedingly low-miles, and having benefitted from periodic maintenance and service, this outstanding example is a stand out. The car's impressive history file includes an excellent paper trail in the form of receipts and various documents. The car's original order form in which Mr. Keck, on October 28, 1980 pays the deposit for the new 512 BB is still present, as are the airfreight, import duty, and the USA DOT and EPA modifications. Furthermore, the charges and transactions are spelled out on various receipts, and the cashier's check used for the purchase also accompanies the car.

Paperwork from the US Department of Transportation, dated August 1981, indicates that the brand new Ferrari was flown into LAX Airport and then passed through customs. Another letter from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledged the import and the release of the car by Sun International, the Redondo Beach, California based exotic car brokers who sold the car to Mr. Keck. California DMV paperwork from October 1981 indicates that Mr. Keck paid the taxes and received the temporary ID and registration card for the car.

In 1988 and 1990, Mr. Keck had the Boxer appraised by Lance S. Coren; the car's mileage (presumably the kilometer reading) at this time was recorded at 9,165 in 1988, and at 9,918 in 1990. In 1991, a comprehensive belt service was performed at Beverly Hills Sports Cars, Inc. on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. A mileage of 9,918 was recorded at the time. Again in 1993, with 9,980 kilometers listed, Hollywood Sport Cars, Inc of Hollywood, California replaced the fuel pumps. Further service was carried out in 1995, and again in 2003, now with 11,551 kilometers on the odometer – here the car received new tires as well. In 2008, with 12,841 miles listed, Ferrari Maserati of Beverly Hills serviced the car, and again in April of 2008, F & M Motorsport of Los Angeles performed an extensive engine-out service, where the timing belt and various engine gaskets and seals were replaced. The mileage at this time was 12,903. Most recently, in April of 2014, the Boxer received an annual service, again carried out by the specialists at F & M Motorsport.

Today, with less than 13,500 kilometers showing on the odometer, this exceptionally well-preserved, one-owner Berlinetta Boxer presents extremely well inside and out. The car's exterior is believed to be original and undamaged, and upon close inspection one finds original finishes in the engine and front compartment as well. The interior is in remarkable condition, and the plastic protection can still be found on the sills. A better 512 BB 'Berlinetta Boxer' will be hard to find anywhere.

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Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1981, with chassis F102BB34249.

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