Lot 272 - 1987 Ferrari Testarossa
|Engine Number||F113B 00217|
|Estimate||£74,000 - £86,000|
|Result||Sold - £84,000|
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 and 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, 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 benefitted from an adjustable steering column, re-profiled seats and air conditioning. Mounting the drive train 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.
This European specification 1987 Testarossa was imported to the UK at the beginning of 2012 when it was purchased by a consortium of collectors. At the time the odometer reading was 50,400km. Today, the odometer still only reads 51,430km equating to just 32,150 miles. It has been fully maintained and looked after by Ferrari specialists QV London Limited based in Windsor, Berkshire who carried out a 6,000 mile service in July this year, removed the engine to replace the cam belts and supplied an MoT test certificate. Finished in black with a light tan leather interior, this Testarossa is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2016, a file of the invoices for the work carried out by QV going back to 2012 and, by the time of the sale, a new book wallet with parts book and replacement service book will also be present. Ferraris from this period have become very collectable and superb examples such as this one are becoming harder to find; this makes them a great investment as they continue to increase in value.