Lot 225 - 1987 Ferrari Testarossa
|Odometer reading||35,407 miles|
|Estimate||£74,000 - £86,000|
|Result||Sold - £108,640|
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.
Supplied new by H.R.Owen and accompanied by its original order, this Testarossa was first registered in January 1989. Offered in the classic Ferrari combination of Rossa Corsa red with tan leather interior, this fabulous righthand drive example has covered a mere 35,000 miles and is accompanied by Ferrari and specialist service history. Ready for a new owner, the vendor has had this example serviced just this January by NVS Hyper cars. The car comes with an MoT test certificate valid until December 2016. The history file is extensive with many invoices throughout its ownership from Maranello of Egham, H.R.Owen, Lancaster Ferrari and TDH classics. It is supplied with the original stamped maintenance book and user manuals. Having been part of a larger collection this example has been dry stored and well kept for the last eight years. A very collectable example of the ever popular Pininfarina styled icon with lower than average mileage and a strong maintenance record to boot.
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