A 512BB and a Testarossa - both tuned - are heading to auction.
If you've never heard of Koenig, we don't really blame you. The tuning company was in the '80s and '90s to Ferrari what Novitec is to the Prancing Horse today. And much like Novitec, the company didn't just up the power, add a couple of spoilers, and lower the suspension of its cars. No, Koenig liked to experiment with reimagining the actual design of the car it was working on, creating a machine that was recognizable as both a Ferrari and a Koenig.
It had its own style that you could spot from miles away, and while a modified Ferrari 812 GTS or F8 Tributo is nothing new today, in the '80s and '90s, a modified Fezza was all but unheard of. As a result, the two beauties you see below are set to fetch big numbers at auction.
The first is a 1984 Koenig Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer featuring a redesigned front fascia and a new set of molded side skirts leading to a widebody rear that is totally outrageous. Scoops and spoilers set this car apart in any parking lot, and the lowered suspension and wheels certainly add to the occasion.
Koenig is offered various tuning packages for the engine too, including a turbocharged setup. While this model appears to have no turbos, we can't confirm exactly how much power it puts out. In any case, it's set to cross Gooding & Co.'s auction block at its Pebble Beach event on August 14th & 15th. With just one original owner over 36 years and only 8,700 miles on the clock, this car is estimated to fetch between $250,000 and $300,000.
At the same event will be a 1986 Koenig Ferrari Testarossa sitting on center-lock BBS wheels with a new front fascia, widebody rear fenders, a new rear wing, sport suspension, and possibly (the owner is unsure) even a Koenig camshaft. Since Ferrari already had designed the Testarossa with strakes along the side, the Koenig treatment saw the strakes to the side air intakes deleted. Naturally, we'd assume that the 9,432-mile Testarossa is worth more, but unlike the 512 BB above, this car barely runs but hasn't had any maintenance in a while and some areas will need refreshing to look perfect again. As a result, it is expected to go for between $100,000 and $150,000. Not bad for a piece of '80s tuning history.