As a successor to the front-engined 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”, Ferrari engineered a completely new car, exhibiting its first ever non-vee-configuration engine for the road. Presented in 1971 as a concept, of which the production model was almost unaltered, the 365 GT4 BB was powered by a Boxer 12-cylinder engine inspired by the brand’s successful flat-12 motors which were used in their F1 and sports-racing units. At an output of no-less than 360 bhp at 7,700 rpm, the BB was sent to a top speed of 280 km/h, and this, in 1973! With the mid-engine setup and the low centre of gravity, the handling of the Boxer Berlinetta was more than a match to its straight-line performance.
The 365 GT4 was the fastest car back then and that, not only thanks to its superior powerplant, but also to its stunning Pininfarina body, which was the result of extensive wind tunnel testing. The mixture of light aluminum-alloy and steel panels, complemented by glassfibre elements, were assembled by no less than Scaglietti. The 365 GT4 BB is a very rare horse, as only 367 were built in its four-year production run.
Our 365 GT4 BB
Our example is chassis #18581, was delivered new in July of 1975 by Campagnano Automobili in Firenze, Italy. Its beautiful Pininfarina body was finished in the color of Nero 20-B-50 Salchi, married to an exquisite Pelle Beige VM 3218 leather interior. Today, our 365 GT4 BB still retains this classy yet efficient colour combination, which makes the beauty of the car stand out even more. Once fully restored to bare metal, the actual condition of the car is absolutely exceptional, both cosmetically and mechanically. This comes at no surprise, as it was recently owned by one of the most well-known Ferrari collectors in Bavaria. The Ferrari Classiche certificate attests to the fact that our vehicle retains its original engine and gearbox specification, both of which are believed to have been replaced in period and under warranty. Here is an opportunity to own a stunning piece of art from Maranello, which does also happen to make one of the nicest 12-cylinder sounds. Only 367 were built. How many still exist today, and in this condition? Probably a much lower number.