The Ferrari Boxer was, with good reason, Ferrari’s go-to super-car for the 70s and part of the 80s. Although it was announced and introduced in 1971, production didn’t actually start until 1973; the box, powerful car designed by Pininfarina was the stylistic descendant of the 365P 1966 showcar, or the 512 Modulo and 512S Berlinetta, or all of them. Whatever it was, it was fully Ferrari, entirely its own and a blindingly fast car, although it never quite caught up to the insane speeds of the Lamborghini Countach.
Powered by a powerful V12 engine in a ‘flat’ configuration that produced up to 360 horsepower, the Boxer could reach a top speed of 171 miles an hour, and accelerate to 60 in a mere 6.2 seconds. The Boxer engine (the ‘flat 12 configuration’) provided the car with a low center of gravity, ideal for better handling, but was unfortunately a little too heavy, making the car somewhat unbalanced, with a 56/44 rear/front weight distribution.
The original Boxer was replaced by the Ferrari 512BB in 1976, and remained in production until 1985; it featured some notable design changes, particularly to the front grille and side air vents, and sported wider tires.