This stunning Ferrari Testarossa is an immaculate late example of perhaps the most iconic supercar of all time - presented in arguably the best combination of Ferrari Rosso Corsa, immaculate crema hide, brown dashboard and black carpets.
Introduced at the 1984 Paris Motor Show, the Testarossa caused a sensation. The functionality of its Pinninfarina styled bodywork was disguised by a wealth of flamboyant and futuristic detailing paying homage to the great 1950s sports racer that originally bore the name, simply translating as ‘Red Head’ the rocker covers being painted red. The mid-engined, rear wheel drive configuration allowed the centre of gravity to be positioned in the middle of the car, with a weight distribution ratio of 40% front and 60% rear, achieving excellent cornering and road holding ability. The Testarossa was produced with 16” five-spoke ‘Star’ alloy wheels and disc brakes fitted all round. In addition, the temperature inside the cockpit was reduced as twin radiators were mounted in the rear. The distinctive side vents were as useful as they were visually striking allowing excellent ventilation contributing to the car’s unique styling. Extensively reworked, the 4,942cc, flat-12 developing some 390bhp and is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Highly praised by the contemporary motoring press, Autocar magazine found the Testarossa capable of 181mph and 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds.
UK supplied and registered on 9th of January 1989 by Glen Henderson Ferrari of Edinburgh this beautiful right-hand drive example presents in first class condition with only 25,600 miles on the odometer today. The original service book displays the supplying distributor, chassis number, warranty card displaying multiple stamps in the book and a comprehensive history file of works carried out by Ferrari main agents and reputable specialists. Throughout its life there is evidence of services with clutch and timing belt replacements completed at 1,000 miles, 4,736, 5,998, 6,904, 7,424, 9,450, 9,543, 10,675, 14,282, 16,504, 17,761, 21,141, 24,226, 24,872, 25,056, 25,465 miles. Recently a complete major service and inspection was performed by Foskers including timing belts, valve clearances, renewing gear oil and brake overhaul.
It is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition heightened by Foskers recent refreshing of the bodywork, paintwork and interior. Importantly the seats remain firm and supportive, and carpets show minimum use. The dash, instruments and controls, external trim, wheels, glass are also in very good order. Supplied complete with its original tool kit, leather owner’s pouch with handbook, dealer directory, service booklet and jacking kit - all of which are in perfect condition.
The Ferrari Testarossa has become symbolic with 1980s styling and performance becoming a poster child for a generation with numerous appearances in movies, music videos and television shows - most notably a starring role in Miami Vice. It is just as exciting to drive today, even by current supercar standards. A wonderful and rare opportunity to purchase a truly exceptional and highly collectible Italian sports car.
Available to view at our Brands Hatch Circuit showroom just outside of London.