Technically, the first road-going Ferrari to ever have its engine mounted in the middle was the 1968 Dino 206 GT. However as you may know, the 206 GT didn’t wear a Ferrari prancing horse badge but rather a Dino badge, so really the first mid-engine Ferrari road car didn’t arrive until the 365 GT4 BB debuted in Turin in 1971.
Apart from it being Ferrari’s first mid-engine car, the 365 GT4 BB was also the first Ferrari to feature the company’s then-new flat 12 engine. In the 365 GT4, the twelve-cylinder power plant churned out 339 horsepower, which isn’t much by today’s standards but was plenty to move the relatively light 365.
EVO Magazine recently acquired one of these very rare 365 GT4 BBs (just 387 were built) for an episode of their EVO Icons web show, which showcases iconic cars from years gone by. So if you’re like us and have always wondered what Ferrari’s first crack at a mid-engine road car was really like, be sure to check out their review of it in the video above.
Oh, and if you like what you hear and see, RM Sotheby’s will sell this exact 365 GT4 BB at its upcoming Monaco sale for an estimated sum of €380,000 to €450,000