The job of calling out which cars are going to enjoy that magical, unforeseen hike in value at some stage is a notoriously tricky one. If I were consistently good at it then I wouldn’t be here now, but would instead be lunching by my pool in Cannes, contemplating which of my cars I’d be driving up to Genoa for a dinner appointment with a client that evening. The again I might just go in the helicopter. No, the boat …
However, some cars I come across which I can hardly believe are still changing hands for such relatively modest amounts. One such car is the Ferrari 512. The version you see here is one of the later ‘BBi’ models which came equipped with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. This had the effect ultimately of reducing peak horsepower but also reducing the engine speed where peak torque was delivered. It has been said that this made the car better-suited to daily driving (not that you’d be driving it every day) and provided more balanced performance.
The bottom line is that you could potentially make a car like this yours for significantly under £100,000. That I would opine is good value. You’d pay a good chunk more than that for an equivalent Lamborghini Countach, which was made in slightly fewer numbers (2049 versus 2323) but is also widely regarded as less of a driver’s car.
Bonhams will be selling this one (and a similar car) in its sale at Scottsdale in Arizona on January 15th. Despite having resided Stateside almost all its life, it was originally a European-spec car and has covered a mere 8553 miles. It apparently requires some light recommissioning in the way of mostly perishable rubber items like tyres and hoses, but that won’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world of appreciating classic Ferraris.
And how about the incredible sound these cars make …?