Ferrari 512 BB Koenig Special Sells For Half What A Stock Model Would

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The modified Ferrari 512 BB just sold at auction, and it's a bargain if you don't care too much about full Ferrari authenticity.

A gorgeous Ferrari 512 BB 'Koenig Special' just sold on for £126,500 ($150,595), and if you have no idea what this is, then prepare for a celebration of 1980s excess.

There aren't many companies that can tune a Ferrari and actually do it justice, but back in the '80s and '90s, Koenig Specials was the undisputed best in the business. It started with Willy Konig purchasing a Ferrari 365 GT4 BB in 1977 and ended up being a decades-long successful business that came to symbolize the lavish lifestyles of the time period. Today, its tuning spirit and divisiveness are still alive in other companies like Liberty Walk, which has no problems slamming an F430, and Mansory, which will happily destroy the aesthetic appeal of the 812 GTS.

The 512 BB that just went under the hammer is a great example of a tuner not taking away too much from the original design while adding just enough to make things interesting. The original car was delivered to the UK in 1978 and was originally finished in Argento Silver with a Blu Novola Connolly leather interior. It sported a 4.9-liter flat-12 engine that produced 340 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque with a five-speed gated manual transmission.

In the mid-'80s, the model was then fitted with a full Koenig Specials body kit, which includes the massive widened rear end and NACA ducts, flared side skirts, and the gorgeous front bumper with air splitter and four prominent fog lights. The car was also repainted at the time from silver to black, and the interior was retrimmed in light grey leather.

On the interior, besides the changing of colors, the cabin was mostly left untouched. The main changes are the addition of a three-spoke Momo sport steering wheel, and the seats receiving some additional cushioning. Since 2011, the car has sat on 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires in the front and Pirelli P Zero Asimmetrico in the rear. We hope those tires got changed a few times in the last decade or so.

There's no mention of if anything was done to the engine, but Koenig had the ability to push the power to 370 hp, 400 hp, 450 hp, or even 620 hp for the truly insane. Remember, it was the '80's.

The vehicle sold with just over 40,000 miles on the odometer, and we have the feeling some lucky owner is going to be very happy with their decision. It had a laundry list of maintenance records going back all the way to its original purchase, and now the new owner was able to get into something arguably cooler than a stock 512 BB for half the price.

It's an awesome piece of '80s history and not something you see pop up that often. Just last year, we wrote about two other Koenig Specials that went to auction, and they were even wilder than this 512 BB. Maybe soon we'll see another pop-up, but until then, we can just enjoy the sights and sounds that this beauty has to offer.

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