It's been rotting away for years, and that probably won't change anytime soon.
This one might be tough for Ferrari fans to take. Actually, it’s tough for any car enthusiast to take, but the Ferrari faithful will recognize this car as being something quite special. It’s a 512 BB – the iconic 1970s 12-cylinder monster that was the precursor to the flamboyant Testarossa. It’s even more than that, though, as this is a right-hand-drive, fuel-injected 512 BBi from 1983, making it just one of 42 ever built. It’s certainly seen better days, but the story gets even sadder. More on that in a bit.
This is a barn find uncovered by Ferrari connoisseur Ratarossa. Along with the above YouTube video, he also shared photos of the discovery on his website and as you can see, this fabulous 512 is white. Or rather, it should be white underneath all that moss and crud, and that’s also significant because this could be the only white 512 BBi with right-hand drive in existance. The exact location of this barn find isn’t revealed, and for that matter, barn find in this instance is a relative term as it’s clearly spent many years completely exposed to the elements.
A close examination shows that moss and baked paint aren’t the only woes on this car. Significant rust and corrosion are visible in some areas, including parts of the subframe underneath. At the rear the panel housing the taillights is a rusty mess, and both the clutch and brakes appear to be seized. With the amount of moss, cobwebs, and crud surrounding the Ferrari’s boxer 12-cylinder engine, it’s possible it could be seized as well. If there’s any good news here, it’s that the interior is in good shape. A thorough cleaning might bring it back to near-new condition matching the 6,420 miles on the odometer.
Gallery: 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi Barn Find
Photo Credit: Ratarossa
Sadly, that’s the only bit of good news. The full history of this car isn’t disclosed here, but the video says it was once owned by a Saudi prince. Whether that person is still the owner or is connected to the current owner is unclear, but it’s been left to the elements for at least 10 years if not more. And it appears the car will continue to suffer the wrath of Mother Nature, as the owner reportedly has no interest in selling or fixing the Ferrari.
Here’s hoping the current owner has a change of heart and either restores the 512, or sells it to someone willing to resurrect this unloved but deserving Prancing Horse.