Lot 277 - 1989 Ferrari Testarossa
|Odometer reading||28,000 km|
|Estimate||£95,000 - £110,000|
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 benefited 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 is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Highly praised by the contemporary motoring press, Autocar magazine found the Testarossa capable of 181mph and 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds.
This lefthand drive Testarossa was originally supplied new by Ferrari Francorchamps Motors in Brussels. Recently she has been taken out of storage and re-commissioned with a full service and cambelt changed by a recognised Ferrari specialist in the UK. Presented in virtually unmarked condition, this Ferrari is finished in black with black interior. Supplied with a current MoT test certificate valid until 19th April 2017 and a Nova certificate, we are advised by the vendor the UK registration has been applied for and may well be completed by the auction date. Our inspection confirmed this to be a very original example and one that many would believe to be a rock solid investment.