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1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB Rare RHD

1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB

  • 1 of 58 RHD 365 GT4 BBs from a production total of 387 cars
  • Iconic model – the first production mid-engined Ferrari
  • Lovely unrestored condition with original interior
  • Recently out of long-term storage
  • Will require light recommissioning

The 365 GT4 BB is a truly iconic model in the Ferrari lexicon, as the first production mid-engined Ferrari. Introduced as a successor to the popular 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the 365 GT4 BB was the first model of this new generation to feature a mid-engine configuration and the ‘boxer’ engine—so named for its horizontally opposed pistons—which would later appear in the 512 BB and Testarossa.

The introduction of the 365 GT4 BB—first offered for sale at the 1973 Paris Motor Show—also signified a new era of ‘wedge’ design, inspired by Pininfarina and brought to life under the supervision of Leonardo Fioravanti. Production of the 365 GT4 BB bodywork was carried out by Scaglietti, with final assembly taking place at Ferrari’s Maranello factory. Between 1973 and 1976, 387 units were made in total, with only 58 examples configured in right-hand drive and the majority destined for the UK. However a small number were also delivered to the Far East.

This was a 70s Supercar, in the truest sense, and proved extremely popular with Ferrari customers. Significantly the mid-mounted position of the engine gave the 365 GT4 BB key handling advantages over its front-engine forebears.

The car offered here is very rare, being one of only 58 original right hand drive models. Finished in Rosso Chiaro over a Nero interior this 365 BB was delivered in April 1974 to Automobile Specialists PTE of Singapore, and was to remain there for the next 26 years, when the late owner moved to the UK.

There is a history file with a Singapore Test Certificate dated 1988 at which point the engine appears to be matching (it is no longer matching numbers according to the Ferrari data sheet in the history file); and there are invoices and/or MOTs dating from 1992-2005. This includes an invoice from Lancaster Ferrari dated 2000 on which the recorded mileage is 14,180. This is unverified and may date from when the engine was changed, but it is consistent with late owner’s family account that the car was used very little.

Although the subject of an older repaint in it original colour, this Ferrari has never been restored. The bodywork is nice and straight, well aligned with good panel gaps. The original underbody is rust-free. The interior trim is in very good original condition and has a lovely patina.

Now out of long term storage the car will require recommissioning (the engine was last overhauled in 2018) but it is competitively priced and will make for a genuine ‘entry level’ 365 GT4 BB with a lovely original patina.

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