Featured Auction - 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
Estimate (€): 285,000 - 315,000.
4,391cc DOHC Flat 12-Cylinder Engine
4 Triple-Choke Weber Carburetors
344bhp at 7,200 rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
•Gifted new by Enzo Ferrari to Peter Schetty
•Highly original and well-preserved example with just 4 owners from new
•One of just five examples painted Grigio Ferro from the factory
•Highly pedigreed example of the rare 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
THE BERLINETTA BOXER
By the dawn of the 1970s, it had become clear that the legendary Daytona's replacement would have to feature a mid-engine layout to remain at the forefront of the supercar market. The Miura was selling well, and Maserati had just introduced the mid-engined Bora. Enzo Ferrari bided his time but when his firm responded, everyone agreed it had been worth the wait. The all-new 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer, or BB, appeared on the world stage at the 1971 Turin Motor Show and received a rapturous reception. Of monocoque/tubular steel construction, it featured a mid-mounted, flat twelve engine derived directly from Ferrari's sports prototype programme. The state of the art mechanical package was matched by the Pininfarina-designed and Scaglietti-built sleek and uncluttered Berlinetta body, with trademark details including black lower body panels, and not only six rear lights but six exhaust tips too. The timeless design drew from the 1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale concept car with its mid-engine proportions, razor-sharp front end and visible lights. The 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer was clearly a Ferrari while also being something new entirely.
Mid-1976 saw the 365 Boxer replaced by the 512 Boxer, but to many the 365, despite (or perhaps because of) its raw and uncompromising feel, remains the Berlinetta Boxer par excellence. All told, just 387 examples were produced before production ceased in May of 1976.
THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED
Completed at the Maranello works on July 8th, 1974, this very car - chassis no. 18041 - was given by Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari S.p.A. as a gift to Dr. Peter Schetty, the former factory driver and Scuderia Ferrari team manager. Born in Basel, Switzerland, Peter Schetty had started his professional racing career in 1965 as a team member of the esteemed Swiss racing team, Scuderia Filipinetti. In 1967 he was on the works Abarth team, before landing a deal with Enzo Ferrari in 1968 as a works driver for Scuderia Ferrari. In 1970, Schetty raced for the Scuderia in the mighty Ferrari 512S, competing for the World Sportscar Championship. At the 1000 km race of Spa-Francorchamps he finished second with Jacky Ickx, and third at the 1000 km race of Monza with John Surtees. Shetty ended his racing career by the end of the 1970 season, and then took over as team manager for Scuderia Ferrari in 1971. For two years Shetty was at the helm of the legendary racing team, before retiring completely from motorsport at the end of the 1972 season to take over management of the family textile business.
Dr. Schetty's new Berlinetta Boxer was finished in the elegant Grigio Ferro (106-E-8) exterior color, trimmed in a neatly contrasting burgundy leather interior. The warranty card was issued on July 24, 1974 in Schetty's name. According to noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, Dr. Schetty's 365 GT4 was one of just five examples finished in Grigio Ferro, and surely a common sight around the most prominent race track paddocks, where the top teams of the era competed.
By May of 1977, the Grigio Ferro Berlinetta Boxer was in the hands of Hansjörg Wild of Zurich, Switzerland, during which time service and maintenance work was performed by official Ferrari dealer, Garage Foitek at 23,090 kilometers. The Ferrari was sold in the latter part of 1977 to Dr. Urs Bänninger of Wollerau, Switzerland, and would remain in his devoted custodianship until 2010 when purchased by the consignor, an esteemed German collector of the finest sports cars. Dr. Bänninger took excellent care of 18041 and kept the car in exceptional original condition. When he sold the car, it just had about 82,000 kilometers from new.
Today this rare Ferrari remains in largely original and beautifully preserved condition throughout. The original factory paint can be found in in many places, and the original interior displays a wonderful patina. Lights, glass and bright work are original, as is the engine and drivetrain. The odometer shows less than 86,000 documented kilometers. This fine Ferrari features the model-specific, triple-tip exhausts, an unmistakable characteristic of the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer that echoes the triple taillights so harmoniously. A comprehensive history file is accompanying the sale of the car, which includes the original 'Bulletin de Garantie' issued to Mr. Schetty, old registration paperwork, dozens of receipts from service and maintenance work performed dating back to the 1970s, Marcel Massini's history report, and a detailed listing of what appears to list every event the car attended, every service and repair performed, every inspection and so on. A tool roll and attaché tool box are also in situ.
With its exciting history and novelty ownership pedigree, highly original presentation and just 4 owners from new, this spectacular 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer must be among the finest examples of the rare breed.
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