• Jan 17, 2010
1984 Ferrari 512 BBi formerly owned by A.J. Foyt - Click above for image gallery

For many, it's a dream to own a Ferrari. For some, that alone is not enough. They need to own a specific Ferrari. We understand. We all have our favorites. Our man Jonny, for example, would probably agree to several waterboarding sessions and a you-can-only-listen-to-boy-bands-forever music restriction in exchange for a 288 GTO. (Jonny would agree to the latter because the GTO's engine noise would obviate the need for music ever again.)

Others among us (cough) would likely dip a toe into the kidney black market for one of the Berlinetta Boxers, whether it be a 365 or a 512. From a practical perspective, choosing between the two varieties is somewhat akin to waking up in 1986 and being asked who you'd rather date: Kathy Ireland or Paulina Porizkova. It's pretty much a no-lose situation. As such, we enjoy perusing the classifieds, anticipating a mythical future in which we have bottomless pockets and are on a first-name, Christmas-card-list basis with every Ferrari mechanic on the eastern seaboard. Yeah, yeah - we know. Don't blow the fantasy, okay?

Anyhow, we think we may have found a winner this week after scanning the "for sale" listings at Octane magazine's website. Offered through Tillack & Co., the '84 BB 512i you see above shows 27,000 miles on the clock, and at $135,000, it's cheaper than your garden-variety F430 (and everyone has those, right?). Plus, it has that classic Pininfarina wedge shape, big NACA ducts, those eternally-cool knock-off hubs, is sufficiently rare (just 1,007 BBi's produced in total), and lets everyone know you laugh at their child-friendly paddles as you work the old-school gated shifter. But these are aspects you'll get with any old BB. What puts this one over the top is its provenance: it was once owned by the legendary A.J. Foyt (with a signed dash and owner's manual to prove it).

Not only does this critical element let you say stuff like, "I have A.J. Foyt's Ferrari" in conversations, breaking any and all ties regarding whose machine at the valet station reigns supreme, it also elevates your Man Status to a point where you can (possibly) impregnate women simply by making eye contact. So if you decide to visit the folks at Tillack and spring for this particular ride, drive it well. And be careful where you look...

[Source: Tillack & Co. via Octane]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This and the cost of operating a Bug reminded me of two stories from the past.
      1)The guy who worked on my racecar (1990s) had a BB in the shop for 6-8 months waiting for a couple of simple parts from Italy. Joys of gray-market cars. Then when the parts arrived, the engine needed removal to fit them. Also watched him make several special wrenches just to tighten exhaust bolts on a 308 Dino.
      2) Ran a ASR car in the 60s, (SCCA class for Can-Am cars). I kept books on the cost. After one season, found it was more expensive than dual-instruction in a LearJet. Quit racing, went flying for a few years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These are awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nunez has a way with words... "elevates your Man Status to a point where you can (possibly) impregnate women simply by making eye contact"... had me literally laughing out loud and having to explain to the kids what was so funny!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could the post have been any more sexist? I mean, you forgot to add in something about t*ts. Surely, you could find room between "Man Status" and "impregnate" for a t*t reference. Thanks for making it painfully clear that liking cars will never be seen as something women can do. I feel super uncomfortable now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not a looker, not at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Other than a Lamborgini Miura, or maybe the Maserati Bora/Merak, what 70's era mid-engined car looked better?

        Keep in mind, that design is nearly 40 years old, and was second only in production run mid-engined ferraris, to the Dino 246. The 250LM race car was not a common car previous to that, only 32 were built for the road.

        The bodystyle debuted as a show car in 1971, as Ferrari's styling answer to the Miura, with a 365 type displacement flat 12, rather than the later 512.

        Mid-engined production cars were not that common then, and this one looks pretty darn good, IMHO. The design still looks fresh and not that far off modern, 40 years later.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those exterior shots of the car give the impression that it's a plastic scale model. I don't believe that's the case, but there's something about the lack of any other reference objects in the pictures that makes it seem strange. Pretty sweet ride though. Way out of my league.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a sucker for two-tone light over black.

      Are those the same goshdarn metric rims from the 308 GTS/GTSi that are expensive to buy tires for? I hope they're the 16" qv rims instead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        TRX wheels and tires were a sad move for the whole industry. 42cm diameter (~16.5") was a mess to find tires for. I had some TRX diameter wheels for my fox mustang, and I never even mounted them. Tires were outrageous, and only Michelin made them, which are expensive enough... let alone when they are a captive market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful car with an impressive provenance.

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      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Scrolled past this picture, then the Bugatti Veyron two posts down. Seeing the Bugatti only emphasized how the Ferrari 512 is one of the prettiest cars ever made.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is unfortunate that the Berlinetta Boxers don't get so much attention in the Ferrari historical lineup, and is a bit overshadowed.

      It isn't as flamboyant as the later TRs, and not as common as the Dino and V8 mid engined Ferraris.

      But it is gorgeous in it's own, dare I say it, more subtle way, compared to later Ferrari mid-engined cars.

      Plus, I'll bet a 5 liter flat 12 just sounds glorious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        agreed, pure, unadulterated, sex.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I built a model of this car when I was a teenager, and just loved the looks of this car. Definitely one sweet ride for that kind of coin.
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