13th June 2024

Once I was a child, the primary Ferrari I ever actually observed was the Berlinetta Boxer. In the present day, it’s celebrating its 50th birthday.

The Lamborghini Miura was revealed in 1965 to widespread acclaim; the mid-engine, V12 triggered a sensation. Many contemplate the Miura to be the world’s first supercar, though the Mercedes 300 SL (a decade prior) is a authentic contender.

Regardless, the Miura created an issue for Ferrari.

Because the legend goes, Ferruccio Lamborghini had clutch troubles together with his personal Ferrari, which led him to point out up at Enzo Ferrari’s dwelling to advocate a repair. Enzo’s notorious response — “Let me make automobiles. You stick to creating tractors.” — led Lamborghini to point out Enzo simply who might make automobiles.

Regardless, the accolades showered on the Miura should have grated on Enzo. Ferrari had no reply for the mid-engine V12 competitor from the “tractor manufacturing facility”. Ferrari’s engineers had been making an attempt to influence the boss of the benefits of a full-sized, mid-engined, V12, rear-wheel-drive format for years. As the benefits of mid-engined racing opponents confirmed up on the monitor, there was one thing to this powertrain association.

Enzo had beforehand launched the mid-engined 206 GT, and later 246 GT/GTS. However these had been V6s and had been offered below the Dino, not Ferrari marque (1967 to 1974). The Ferrari 308 changed the Dino 246 in 1975 and was up to date to the 328 in 1985. The 308/328 had been massive and heavy and gradual and underpowered; neither had been in the identical league because the  V12 Lambos — first the Miura, after which, in 1974, the Countach.

Ferrari nonetheless wanted a mid-engine V12 to struggle its nemesis. ().  Therefore, the Berlinetta Boxer was born.


The Pininfarina-styled BB had a flat ‘boxer’ 12-cylinder (180-degree), mounted longitudinally forward of the axle. This solved lots of the points the Miura had with its transverse-mounted 12. The Testarossa got here alongside in order to supply a completely EPA/DOT-compliant mid-engine 12-cylinder supercar to the US market.

In the present day, these go for round $300okay (See DuPont Registry or Deliver a Trailer), plus or minus relying on all the standard circumstances.

In case you are a diehard petrol-head and wish to study extra in regards to the historical past of the Berlinetta Boxer, take a look at this extensively illustrated e-book, “Berlinetta Boxer – The Legend.”

Supply: Basic Driver

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