Jenson Button's Ferrari Up for Auction
The car, which was bought last year by Button, was ordered new in December 1977 and was delivered to its first owner, Stafford Pemberton, in April 1978. This is one of only 929 512BBs produced, a right-hand drive example.
“Possessing an engine directly related to Ferrari's contemporary Formula 1 unit, as well as being both lighter and faster than the legendary Daytona, the 512BB was one of the most capable and exciting supercars of its era and is still capable of providing all the thrills that an enthusiastic owner-driver could wish for,” Bonhams says.
The vehicle has had £94,000 spent on it over the past 33 years, which includes a bodywork refurbishment and an all-new interior conducted by Nick Cartwright, in the 1980s. It has recently undergone a major service at JD Classics, which was completed in September 2010. Work carried out included re-gassing the air conditioning system, replacing the tires and rectifying various minor faults.
Due to a busy schedule, Button has decided to part with the car. "I've had a great time driving the Boxer, however my F1 commitments will not enable me to enjoy the car to its fullest. It has had a thorough service that has addressed all the usual issues of an older Ferrari," said Button.
The car, which Bonhams' Tim Schofield (Head of Motor Cars) describes as "a wonderful example with important provenance and exceptionally good value when compared to its nemesis the Lamborghini Miura," has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £90,000 – 110,000.