Lot 300 - 1990 Ferrari Testarossa
|Odometer reading||61,017 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £74,000|
|Result||Sold - £65,500|
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-engined, 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.
Beautifully displayed in Rossa Corsa red with Tan Leather interior, this example of Ferrari's Testarossa was originally a Southern California car that was brought to the Midwest of the United States in late 2011. In August 2012 and at 60,686 miles this example had an extensive engine-out service by Norwood Performance in Dallas, Texas, entailing £30,000 of service items; fuse block and relay rebuild, repacking and replacing of all four axle boots and an air conditioning service. In June 2013 the vehicle also passed a strict Texas emissions test and in August last year had new BFG G-Force Sport Comp2 tyres fitted at 60,930 miles, all demonstrating exceptional recent ownership and care of the car. Its 4.9-Litre 390bhp flat-12 Ferrari Colombo engine. Offered with an up-rated stereo and alarm system, leather bound manual and backup PDF printout, combined with original factory tool and jack-kit, this fine example of the popular Pininfarina styled icon is attractively priced given the recent values achieved for this marque.