Car of the month: The retro Ferrari still topping the charts 45 years on | Kanebridge News
Kanebridge News
Share Button

Car of the month: The retro Ferrari still topping the charts 45 years on

The need for speed never gets old as classic sports car lovers race to the finish line in a bid to own a piece of history

Wed, Sep 13, 2023 12:03pmGrey Clock 2 min

It was the year Grease opened at the cinema and the BeeGees were topping the charts. But that’s not the only classic that hit the market in 1978. A rare right hand drive 1978 Ferrari 512 BB, goes under the hammer this week with price expectations of more than $300,000. Bidding is already fierce for the classic car being offered for sale via Collecting Cars.

Known for its speed, style and luxury, the Ferrari label is synonymous with supercar domination and is one of the oldest and most successful racing brands ever. With just four previous owners – the most recent keeping the car for 24 years – bidding on this limited edition vehicle ends Monday, September 18. We took a peek under the bonnet before this incredible vehicle heads off on its next adventure. 

A True Rarity

The 1970s Ferrari 512 BB is a rare breed, with just 929 units delivered worldwide. Among these, only 101 were made in right-hand drive configuration. This example has had a total of four owners since it rolled off the production line, and it’s been in the care of its current owner for nearly a quarter of a century. Originally purchased in the UK, it is believed to have been brought to Australia by the then-owner in the 1990s. Although it has a few years on the clock, it has a modest 35,484 miles (57,106 km) on the odometer.

Iconic Styling

The Berlinetta Boxer, or BB, is famous for its striking design, and this 512 BB is finished in classic Rosso Corsa. Inside, the tan leather-trimmed seats with Nero ‘Daytona’ inserts offer both comfort and a touch of sophistication. The 15-inch five-spoke Cromodora alloy wheels, paired with Michelin tyres, add to the car’s visual appeal.

Powered up

Under the hood lies a 4.9-litre flat-12 engine that produces around 346kW at 7,250rpm. The powerful engine sends its performance to the rear wheels through a five-speed open-gate manual transmission, a setup that defines the era of analog supercars. The result is a driving experience that modern supercars can only dream of replicating.

Unique Modifications

This Ferrari 512 BB has been carefully modified to enhance its performance and useability. Upgrades include an MSD ignitor and coil, an uprated air conditioning compressor, twin electric cooling fans, wider rear wheels, uprated shock absorbers and springs, a Tubi stainless steel exhaust, remote central locking, HID headlight bulbs, LED fog lights, a Sony head unit, and a reverse camera and screen.

Impeccable Service History

Maintaining a classic supercar like this requires a great deal of care and commitment. This 521 BB comes with a comprehensive service history, with the most recent service conducted in November 2021 at 35,346 miles by Racing Red. This service included an engine oil and filter change, along with the replacement of brake fluid and a rebuild of all four brake callipers. Previous services in 2020 and 2019 included engine oil and filter changes, clutch inspection, timing belt replacement, and various other essential maintenance tasks.

The Road Ahead

The Ferrari 512 BB represents not just a car but a piece of history. With its rarity, striking appearance, and modifications, it’s an opportunity to own a piece of automotive history. 


As with any major purchase, potential buyers should conduct their own due diligence to verify the accuracy of the vehicle’s description.


Chris Dixon, a partner who led the charge, says he has a ‘very long-term horizon’

Americans now think they need at least $1.25 million for retirement, a 20% increase from a year ago, according to a survey by Northwestern Mutual

Related Stories
Italy, Land of Uncollected Garbage, Combines Running With Trash Pickup
By ERIC SYLVERS 04/10/2023
Jean Arnault Has New Goals for Louis Vuitton Watches. Profit Isn’t One of Them.
By NICK KOSTOV 03/10/2023
Love Patterns? Try This Design Trick to Pull Any Room Together
By KATE MORGAN 02/10/2023
Italy, Land of Uncollected Garbage, Combines Running With Trash Pickup

At the World Plogging Championship, contestants have lugged in tires, TVs and at least one Neapolitan coffee maker

Wed, Oct 4, 2023 4 min

GENOA, Italy—Renato Zanelli crossed the finish line with a rusty iron hanging from his neck while pulling 140 pounds of trash on an improvised sled fashioned from a slab of plastic waste.

Zanelli, a retired IT specialist, flashed a tired smile, but he suspected his garbage haul wouldn’t be enough to defend his title as world champion of plogging—a sport that combines running with trash collecting.

A rival had just finished the race with a chair around his neck and dragging three tires, a television and four sacks of trash. Another crossed the line with muscles bulging, towing a large refrigerator. But the strongest challenger was Manuel Jesus Ortega Garcia, a Spanish plumber who arrived at the finish pulling a fridge, a dishwasher, a propane gas tank, a fire extinguisher and a host of other odds and ends.

“The competition is intense this year,” said Zanelli. Now 71, he used his fitness and knack for finding trash to compete against athletes half his age. “I’m here to help the environment, but I also want to win.”

Italy, a land of beauty, is also a land of uncollected trash. The country struggles with chronic littering, inefficient garbage collection in many cities, and illegal dumping in the countryside of everything from washing machines to construction waste. Rome has become an emblem of Italy’s inability to fix its trash problem.

So it was fitting that at the recent World Plogging Championship more than 70 athletes from 16 countries tested their talents in this northern Italian city. During the six hours of the race, contestants collect points by racking up miles and vertical distance, and by carrying as much trash across the finish line as they can. Trash gets scored based on its weight and environmental impact. Batteries and electronic equipment earn the most points.

A mobile app ensures runners stay within the race’s permitted area, approximately 12 square miles. Athletes have to pass through checkpoints in the rugged, hilly park. They are issued gloves and four plastic bags to fill with garbage, and are also allowed to carry up to three bulky finds, such as tires or TVs.

Genoa, a gritty industrial port city in the country’s mountainous northwest, has a trash problem that gets worse the further one gets away from its relatively clean historic core. The park that hosted the plogging championship has long been plagued by garbage big and small.

“It’s ironic to have the World Plogging Championship in a country that’s not always as clean as it could be. But maybe it will help bring awareness and things will improve,” said Francesco Carcioffo, chief executive of Acea Pinerolese Industriale, an energy and recycling company that’s been involved in sponsoring and organizing the race since its first edition in 2021. All three world championships so far have been held in Italy.

Events that combine running and trash-collecting go back to at least 2010. The sport gained traction about seven years ago when a Swede, Erik Ahlström, coined the name plogging, a mashup of plocka upp, Swedish for “pick up,” and jogging.

“If you don’t have a catchy name you might as well not exist,” said Roberto Cavallo, an Italian environmental consultant and longtime plogger, who is on the world championship organizing committee together with Ahlström.

Saturday’s event brought together a mix of wiry trail runners and environmental activists, some of whom looked less like elite athletes.

“We like plogging because it makes us feel a little less guilty about the way things are going with the environment,” said Elena Canuto, 29, as she warmed up before the start. She came in first in the women’s ranking two years ago. “This year I’m taking it a bit easier because I’m three months pregnant.”

Around two-thirds of the contestants were Italians. The rest came from other European countries, as well as Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Algeria, Ghana and Senegal.

“I hope to win so people in Senegal get enthusiastic about plogging,” said Issa Ba, a 30-year-old Senegalese-born factory worker who has lived in Italy for eight years.

“Three, two, one, go,” Cavallo shouted over a loudspeaker, and the athletes sprinted off in different directions. Some stopped 20 yards from the starting line to collect their first trash. Others took off to be the first to exploit richer pickings on wooded hilltops, where batteries and home appliances lay waiting.

As the hours went by, the athletes crisscrossed trails and roads, their bags became heavier. They tagged their bulky items and left them at roadsides for later collection. Contestants gathered at refreshment points, discussing what they had found as they fueled up on cookies and juice. Some contestants had brought their own reusable cups.

With 30 minutes left in the race, athletes were gathering so much trash that the organisers decided to tweak the rules: in addition to their four plastic bags, contestants could carry six bulky objects over the finish line rather than three.

“I know it’s like changing the rules halfway through a game of Monopoly, but I know I can rely on your comprehension,” Cavallo announced over the PA as the athletes braced for their final push to the finish line.

The rule change meant some contestants could almost double the weight of their trash, but others smelled a rat.

“That’s fantastic that people found so much stuff, but it’s not really fair to change the rules at the last minute,” said Paul Waye, a Dutch plogging evangelist who had passed up on some bulky trash because of the three-item rule.

Senegal will have to wait at least a year to have a plogging champion. Two hours after the end of Saturday’s race, Ba still hadn’t arrived at the finish line.

“My phone ran out of battery and I got lost,” Ba said later at the awards ceremony. “I’ll be back next year, but with a better phone.”

The race went better for Canuto. She used an abandoned shopping cart to wheel in her loot. It included a baby stroller, which the mother-to-be took as a good omen. Her total haul weighed a relatively modest 100 pounds, but was heavy on electronic equipment, which was enough for her to score her second triumph.

“I don’t know if I’ll be back next year to defend my title. The baby will be six or seven months old,” she said.

In the men’s ranking, Ortega, the Spanish plumber, brought in 310 pounds of waste, racked up more than 16 miles and climbed 7,300 feet to run away with the title.

Zanelli, the defending champion, didn’t make it onto the podium. He said he would take solace from the nearly new Neapolitan coffee maker he found during the first championship two years ago. “I’ll always have my victory and the coffee maker, which I polished and now display in my home,” he said.

Contestants collected more than 6,600 pounds of trash. The haul included fridges, bikes, dozens of tires, baby seats, mattresses, lead pipes, stoves, chairs, TVs, 1980s-era boomboxes with cassettes still inside, motorcycle helmets, electric fans, traffic cones, air rifles, a toilet and a soccer goal.

“This park hasn’t been this clean since the 15 century,” said Genoa’s ambassador for sport, Roberto Giordano.


Chris Dixon, a partner who led the charge, says he has a ‘very long-term horizon’

Americans now think they need at least $1.25 million for retirement, a 20% increase from a year ago, according to a survey by Northwestern Mutual

Related Stories
Americans Are Still Spending Like There’s No Tomorrow
By RACHEL WOLFE 03/10/2023
The insurance product giving Australian property buyers surety
By Corey Nugent, CEO Resilience Insurance 22/09/2023
Inflation trends upwards ahead of RBA meeting
    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop