Lot 249 - 1991 Ferrari Testarossa
|Odometer reading||34,686 km|
|Estimate||£50,000 - £70,000|
|Result||Sold - £89,600|
Introduced at the 1984 Paris Salon, the Testarossa caused a sensation. The functionality of its Pininfarina styled bodywork was disguised by a wealth of flamboyant/futuristic detailing. Developed with the aid of a wind tunnel, it combined a low drag coefficient with impressive negative lift characteristics. The first twelve-cylinder Ferrari to be marketed in America for a decade, the new flagship was of vital importance to Maranello. Although it was built around a similar tubular steel matrix, it retained the same mid-engined layout as its Berlinetta Boxer forebears. The Testarossa was more than just a simple evolution, its use of galvanised steel for the doors, roof and bulkheads promised greater longevity (the rest of the bodywork was formed in aluminium), while a longer wheelbase, wider track and revised all-round double-wishbone coil-over suspension promoted better handling. As well as greater interior space, drivers also benefited from an adjustable steering column, re-profiled seats and air conditioning. Mounting the drivetrain and rear suspension on a separate sub-frame meant better noise insulation and easier servicing. The switch from a large front-mounted radiator to twin units housed in front of each rear resulted in more efficient cooling and less heat soak. Extensively reworked, the 4942cc, flat-12 developing some 390bhp and 362lbft of torque, it was mated to a five-speed manual gearbox but kept in check by twelve-inch discs all-round and a limited slip differential. Highly praised by the contemporary motoring press, Autocar magazine found the Testarossa capable of 181mph and 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds. Predictably exclusive, just 438 are thought to have been UK supplied.
This good looking example appears to have been well looked after over the years and, certainly recently, has had very little road use, kept, as it has been, in a museum. The quality of the interior and the front boot certainly reflects the low mileage recorded and, upon further inspection, the overall condition of the exterior and engine bay also appear to be in extremely good and original condition and complete with the correct and original Ferrari jack and leather case. Recently exercised, it was serviced by Ferrari specialist which included a full fluids and safety check. It also carries an MoT test certificate valid until November 2015 as well as the German equivalent (and far more stringent) TUV. Imported from Germany in 2010, all taxes and duty have been paid and UK registration is currently under application.
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