In 1977, to satisfy the demand of customers eager for competition, Ferrari has entrusted one of its official bodywork subcontractors, the famous Bacchelli e Villa from Modena transformation of four BB 512s for the specific purpose of participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. These famous customers included with the specific aim of participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. These famous clients were among others:
Belgian importer Jacques Swaters (Ecurie Francorchamps), Charles Pozzi of Ferrari France and of course the North American Racing Team of Luigi Chinetti.
Built to IMSA GT standards, the 512 BB Competizione was still clearly derived from the production car . A stripping of the car to the bare minimum to reduce its weight with polyester elements. A lot of work on the five-litre, 12-cylinder boxer engine equipped with four Weber triple barrels stuffed with external air intakes above the roof, Borgo forged pistons, weighted and balanced connecting rods, large valves, competition camshafts and Reworked cylinder heads, this version will thus develop nearly 470 hp for a weight of 1,225 kg, braked by 4 large-diameter ventilated discs.
This Manselle experience will not be brilliant because the car lacked reliability and top speed, which will justify the production of the more aerodynamically developed 512 BBLMs, of which 25 will be produced.
Our example, chassis 22083, will be a special order in 1984 from the Modena bodywork by a wealthy French enthusiast of the prancing horse brand, the engine will also be made by an official Toni Franco factory subcontractor, it is an exact and perfect reproduction of the 1978 GR4 Competizione which was made by the same craftsmen as the original with necessarily original parts and total conformity, should we speak of reproduction, cloning or new production? The brand’s specialized books and registers agree and note a transformation into period Group 4 for this chassis number.
History reminds us that 30 vehicles were also modified later by Bacchellie Villa but only with body kits, the invoices of the main actors of this transformation of the time are present in the file as well as a certificate of the bodywork
Bacchelli e Villa signed by Mr. Franco Bacchelli himself, it is noted a power on the bench of 472 hp on one of these supporting documents.
In 1987, Mr. Gaetano Tortora from Aix en Provence, its owner, sold the car to Mr. Tamisier, another collector from the south of France with only 1,500 kilometers on his odometer. a major fire in its rear part, it is then taken over a total and expensive restoration thanks to the insurance, this will be done by the specialized establishments Cavallino of Nice, all the invoices and expertise of this intervention are present in the file.
In June 1989, the beauty was offered and sold by a Parisian auction house for the tidy sum of 2.6 Million Francs to a Parisian dealer for investment purposes, Enzo Ferrari had just died a few months earlier and the prices soared. price of models that feature the rampant Cavallino.
In 1998, the market having become calm and largely deflated again, brought the dealer into bankruptcy, his financial institutions recovered the car and waited for a better period to re-market it.
In 2004, rumors are circulating in Paris, two BB 512s are stored in a public car park, they are for sale, a bank owns them, one is yellow as new and the other is a competition model?
The happy owner will maintain the jewel and participate in some historic re-evocations at the wheel until 2023, the odometer incredibly displays only 4200 kilometers.
Its aggressive look and its voluntarily excessive forms, a masterpiece was born in the offices of Pininfarina, he commendatore wanted to find the
worthy heiress of the Daytona but with its engine in the rear central position, the shapes of the bodywork were so beautiful and so generous that the nickname of Brigitte Bardot was then given to it to disguise it as a BB Berlinetta Boxer for the public.
A great moment of selfish driving in an exceptional atmosphere at the wheel, 8000 rpm rev counter, roll bar, bucket seats, harness, competition tank, plexiglass windows, 9 and 13 inch rims and above all free exhaust all homologated on the road!! incomparable pleasure in a demonic sound.
Eligible for the main historic races Le Tour Auto, Le Mans classic, cento ore di Modena, Daytona Classics…
Certificate of authenticity from Mr. Franco Bacchelli
Books, invoices, period photos
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