• This 1978 Ferrari 512 BB "Koenig Special" is Extra Special

This Ferrari 512 BB "Koenig Special" is your chance to own a 1980s poster car

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The 1980s were all about excess. This extended to cars, as well. It’s no surprise, cars like the Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer (BB) were conceived. Back then, cars like these were the ultimate expression of wealth and power. But what happens when a Ferrari 512 BB doesn’t look flashy enough? You modify it, of course! This was the exact fate of this 1972 Ferrari 512 BB “Koenig Special”. The car is currently being auctioned off on collectingcars.com.

This 1978 Ferrari 512 BB "Koenig Special" is Extra Special
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Koenig Specials GmbH was one of the go-to tuners if you wanted to stand out even more. The company was founded in 1977 by Willy Koenig and quickly became known for modifying European luxury cars. However, they became most recognized for their specially-modified high-horsepower Ferraris, as well as building the first street-legal Group C racecar – Koenig C62 – based on the Porsche 962.

This stunning 512 BB “Koenig Special” is based on a 1978 512 Berlinetta Boxer. This means it has the carbureted version of the 4.9-liter naturally-aspirated flat-12, making 360 horsepower (265 kW) at 6,200 RPM and 332 pound-feet (450 Nm) at 4,600 RPM, from the factory. Power goes to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox, thus allowing the car to reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.1 seconds, 100 mph (160 km/h) in 12.2 seconds, and a top speed of 188 mph (302 km/h).

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978 Ferrari 512 BB "Koenig Special" specifications
Engine 4.9-liter naturally-aspirated flat-12
Horsepower 360 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Torque 332 LB-FT @ 4,600 RPM
0 to 60 mph 5.1 seconds
0 to 100 mph 12.2 seconds
Top Speed 188 mph
The Koenig Special boasts distinctive wide-body, NACCA ducts, a deeper front bumper with a more aggressive splitter, deep dish chrome rims, and additional headlights on the front fascia.

This particular 511 BB is extra special. In addition to being touched by Koenig, it’s one of only 101 right-hand-drive cars. The bright leather interior looks to have been well-preserved and you also get the fabled gated shifter. It is believed that the Koenig modifications were done sometime in the 1980s, since the date of the color change has been documented as September 1985.

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The car was initially delivered to the UK in May 1978 and was finished in Argento silver with a Blu Nuvola Connolly leather interior. The odometer shows 39,879 miles (64,179 km). More importantly, a bunch of maintenance stuff has been done to the car, fairly recently. In 2018, a total of £17,000 has been spent on various things, such as the Weber carburetors, which were totally stripped down and refurbished. Others include new brake lines, track rod ends, rear anti-roll bar bushes, and upper ball joints

Records indicate that small amounts of rust were found in 2018. Although some of it has been repaired, it is believed that the body kit may hide more. The 17-inch alloy wheels were fitted in 2011, courtesy of Images Wheels, at the cost of £2,244. This also includes a ceramic coating.

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The bid for the car is well underway and there are three days left, so if you are interested in having this glamorous symbol of the 1980s automotive exaggeration now is your chance to own it. You will find more information at the auction site.

Source: Collecting Cars

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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