The folks at Sotheby’s always get to play with the best toys. Up for auction through the site is a vintage 1975 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer. The unrestored beast includes its original paperwork and original lustre alike. Indeed, the speedy car looks like it hasn’t aged a day–at least in terms of maintenance. Aesthetically, it’s definitely rocking a retro vibe.
First unveiled in 1971 at the Turin Motor Show, the 365 GT4 BB was Ferrari’s debut “Boxer” and their first mid-engined car (or second if you count the Dino, which was made by Ferrari but not sold under their name). The 365 GT4 BB was also the brand’s response to contemporary boxer models from Lamborghini. It went into production in 1973 and only 387 were built.
Among the 365 GT4 BB’s distinguishing features was a flat, longitudinally mounted V12 engine capable of 380 hp. The engine marked a slight increase in power over the similarly designed Ferrari Daytona, and sat atop a five-speed manual transmission. Giving the engine even more distinction was its use of timing belts in lieu of chains. Because the engine was flat, it was technically not a boxer, but that hasn’t stopped history from loosely referring to it as one. Semantics aside, the 365 GT4 BB is a car of historical importance from a legendary brand, and therefore a worthy addition to any collector’s garage.