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As far as I know, all of the 3

As far as I know, all of the 365BBs were painted black on the lower half, with the upper half painted "to the customer's requirements". The question is, what about the 512s? I know that my 512BB was originally supplied in blue, but would the bottom half have been black? I'm not particularly concerned about the question of aesthetics (there's probably as many opinions as people), just the question of how the cars were originally supplied.
 
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Hi Jeremy,

to the best of m


Hi Jeremy,

to the best of my knowledge all Boxers until the 83 model yr were painted in the Boxer Paint Scheme (Black Bottoms) with the customer option beginning with delivered 83's (if ordered in advance of course) of having cars one solid color from the factory.

It is possible that some may have been special ordered prior to 83 by special clients in solid versions, but it would have been the exception and not the rule. Many cars were repainted after they left the factory for various reasons, poor paint quality, shipping prangs, spoiler crunches etc. and could have been delivered even to the first owner in a repainted version.

Regards, JRV
 
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I'll chime in here, cuz my

I'll chime in here, cuz my '77 308GTB has the "Boxer" paint option. The 365 and 512's I have seen listed the black bottom as Standard, and as JRV stated, the solid color paint was a Delete option on a presold car. Period road tests of the 512 reflect this, solid color Boxers were required to be special ordered.
I have been unable to determine if my car was Boxer trim as an Add option, but believe it is original as currently painted.
With the introduction of the Testarossa, the Boxer trim option was disconutinued from the 308 series.
We've seen Boxers here in Texas both ways, and several 308s here have the Boxer option. I've kept mine because I think it's a unique part of the early 308 heritage, being "Lil' Brother" to the awesome 512!
If I ever get a matching Boxer, I'd personally want the black lower. It helps accent the car's flowing top profile, above the beltline reveal, as it does on my 308.

As for originality, since these cars were produced past the "Build Sheet" years, only Owner verification or intense sanding will tell for sure!

HTH
 
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Chime in #2!

I noted that t


Chime in #2!

I noted that the 365s in the recent Bonham's Gstaad auction were solid color. These were from a collection of a special Ferrari customer, who was fond of special colors and options.

Look at these photos. One of the 365s is almost AJ Foyt Coyote orange! Without black lower.

 
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Discussion Starter #8
Here was my favorite. Note sta

Here was my favorite. Note standard lip spoiler on a euro car!
 
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Discussion Starter #9
That Swedish blonde is definat

That Swedish blonde is definately accented by the black trim, eh? Sorry JRV, trying to stay On Topic.

.....MUST....concentrate.....
 
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Discussion Starter #10
Post a pic of your blue 512. T

Post a pic of your blue 512. That's a rare color on that car. Does it have the black lower?
 
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Discussion Starter #12
....and a 308GTB from the file

....and a 308GTB from the files.

JRV needs to help resize!!!!Help!!Help!!!
 
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Discussion Starter #13
The white with boxer looks goo

The white with boxer looks good to me. Not often seen on these cars.
DJ
 
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Discussion Starter #14
I don't have any worthwhil

I don't have any worthwhile pictures to hand but I'll try and sort something out. The whole car is metallic blue, without the black bottom. It looks very good in this colour but I'm not sure I'll keep it that way.
 
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