Lot 163 - 1988 Ferrari Testarossa
|Odometer reading||24,700 miles|
|Estimate||£72,000 - £82,000|
|Result||Sold - £55,000|
Ferrari unveiled the new Testarossa at the 1984 Paris Motor Show marking the end of production of the Boxer, the car that had been the flagship 12-cylinder Ferrari model for the previous ten years. Styled by Pininfarina, the Testarossa paid homage to the great 50s sports racer that originally bore the name, simply translating as 'Red Head'; the rocker covers being painted red. The mid-engine, rear wheel drive configuration allowed the center of gravity to be positioned in the middle of the car, with a weight distribution ratio of 40% front and 60% rear, thus achieving excellent cornering and road holding ability. The Testarossa was produced with 16'' five-spoke 'Star' alloy wheels and disc brakes fitted all round; with 309mm discs at the front and 310mm discs at the rear. The Testarossa was larger than its Boxer predecessor; six inches wider and some 2½ inches longer which allowed more leg room. In addition, the temperature inside the cockpit was reduced as twin radiators were mounted in the rear; unlike the Boxer, where the single front mounted radiator had plumbing from the bonnet to the engine behind the seats, which made the cabin very hot, especially on a warm day. The distinctive side vents were as useful as they were visually striking, allowing excellent engine ventilation, whilst contributing to the car's unique styling.
This truly excellent 1988 Ferrari Testarossa was imported from Japan in 1998 and has been in two private collections since, the current vendor having purchased the car in 2012. Whilst in his ownership, it has been maintained by well-known Ferrari specialists based in Berkshire who have undertaken the most recent work to the car; a cam belt service and MoT test, in May 2015. This Ferrari Testarossa is finished in 'Nero Metallico' with black leather interior and is supplied with a V5C registration document, MoT test certificate valid until May 2016 and some recent invoices. Ferraris from this period have become very collectable with superb examples such as this one are becoming harder to find making them a great investment as they will continue to increase in value.
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