1973 Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer

Up until 1973, all of Ferrari’s road-going cars were front-engine cars, for the simple reason that the old patriarch, Enzo Ferrari himself, had decreed that mid-engine cars were too finicky and extreme (although I doubt that was his word) to be allowed to be driven by mere mortals! It wasn’t until the introduction of the 1973 Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer that things changed. In fact, it turned out that the 365 GT4 BB was considered the sweetest, best-handling, most perfect Ferrari ever made by the automotive press, which gives an idea about how wrong ol’ Enzo was. I’m sure he meant well. Sleek and fast, this Ferrari is one of the rarest ones produced, especially the first version, which is also the fastest.

1973 Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer
1973 Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer

The original version of the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer, the 365 GT4 BB was powered by a 4.4-liter flat-12 engine, producing a roaring 344 horsepower. It was able to reach the incredible speed of 188 miles per hour – over 300 km/h! – and accelerate to 60 mph in a chest-crushing 5.4 seconds.

Somehow counter-intuitively, the early Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer models were by far the fastest; the latest one, with the fuel-injected larger engine (the 512i) could only reach a reported 160 mph. In any case, the Berlinetta Boxer remained in production until 1984, where it was replaced by that most iconic of supercars, the Ferrari Testarossa.

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