Arguably one of the most revered ‘Berlinetta Boxer’ Ferraris ever, the 365 GT4 BB, which originally launched at the 1971 Turin Auto Show, was designed by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti to rival the Lamborghini Miura and the then newly-developed Countach.
When it officially went on sale in 1973, the range-topping 365 GT4 BB also became Ferrari’s first road-going model to feature a mid-mounted flat-12 cylinder engine, a layout inspired by Ferrari’s three-litre F1 cars.
Gaining the nickname ‘Boxer’ because of its opposing piston design, the 4,390 cc engine produced 380 hp and featured four Weber twin-choke carburettors. Released in late 1973 a total of 387 cars were built until the 512 BB replacement arrived in 1976.
The 365 GT4 BB is regarded by some as the original and purest of all the Berlinetta Boxer models. It features standout styling treatments such as triple rear lights and ‘pea-shooter’-style exhaust pipes, marking it out from the later 512 BB models, which remained in production until 1984.
Together with its relatively short production run and the fact it was much lighter than 512 BB-badged cars, the 365 GT4 BB is regarded as also the most valuable and sought-after of the entire Boxer family, making it a must-have in any Ferrari enthusiast’s car collection.
Presented in “Rosso Chiaro” paintwork with Nero leather and having covered 43,570 miles from new, this particular right-hand-drive 365 GT4 BB, which is currently in the possession of London classic car retailer Hexagon Classics, was originally supplied new in 1975 through Maranello Concessionaires in Surrey, and was one of just 58 cars brought to the UK.
Today, chassis number 18153 is perhaps one of the finest Boxers currently on sale anywhere in the world.
Source: Hexagon Classics