Ferrari's flagship for the Eighties, the Testarossa became the must have poster car for every teenage boy growing up in the decade when greed became good. Replacing the ageing Boxer, the Testarossa did more than take the fight up to Lamborghini's Countach, it managed to out-do its Italian rival in looks, performance and desirability. The Testarossa was a runaway success for Ferrari and handily outsold every previous model, with no less than 5,648 built before the mildly revamped 512 TR came along in 1992. First seen in public at the 1984 Paris Salon, the Testarossa's styling proved both controversial and profoundly influential; the most obvious feature, those massive side strakes, gave Pininfarina's design a unique appearance. Underneath those sharply contoured lines, the Testarossa was very much an evolution of the 512 BB, using a tubular steel chassis frame (with wider track) and the Flat-12 engine bolted into a sub-frame. The motor received four-valve cylinder heads, the latest Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, Magnetti Marelli Microplex ignition and other modifications to lift power output to a very healthy 390 bhp at 5300 rpm. As a result, the new Ferrari was both quicker and a lot easier to live with than the outgoing Boxer (and the Countach for that matter), capable of reaching 290 km/h and taking just 5.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h. The cabin too reflected the civilized nature of the Testarossa, being better laid out and crafted from more luxurious materials - the traditional open-gate gearshift a reminder of the race-bred potential lurking behind the driver's headrest. With values showing rapid appreciation in recent years and Eighties supercars hugely collectible, now is definitely the time to consider buying an example of Ferrari's iconic Testarossa.
Great example of Ferrari’s iconic Testarossa
Offered at No Reserve
Finished in the classic Italian colours of Rosso Corsa with cream leather upholstery this fabulous Ferrari Testarossa left the Maranello factory in July 1986 and was an American market car from new. Titled in Pennsylvania, the car later made its way to sunny Florida before coming to West Australia eleven years ago with just 49,600 miles on the odometer. The Perth owner enjoyed his new toy at Ferrari Club of Australia events and attended to various issues, as shown in the receipt file. The current Sydney owner bought the Ferrari in 2014 and continued to improve it, having the car repainted in the original Rosso Corsa at a cost of $15,000 and the interior reupholstered in full leather at a further cost of $10,000. Always garaged, the Ferrari starts and runs well but has enjoyed limited use in the vendor’s hands over 5 years of ownership. Currently registered on non-transferable club plates in NSW and showing 53,181 miles on the clock, the Testarossa will therefore be sold unregistered and is to be sold at No Reserve, with the original jack, copies of the Import Papers and an owner’s manual supplied.
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