Lot 350 - 1989 Ferrari Testarossa
|Odometer reading||15,811 km|
|Estimate||£73,000 - £83,000|
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.
Presented in what many believe to be the best combination of Ferrari Rosso red with black leather interior, this low mileage Testarossa is described by the vendor as a beautiful example. Having spent much of its life in Japan, the car has since been imported to the UK for the vendor who immediately commissioned Verdi Ferrari to undergo a full vehicle inspection and full cam belt service for which the invoice can be found in the history file. Unfortunately, the original service book has been misplaced but invoices are available with photographs of previous service works undertaken and we are assured the car is mechanically sound. Having covered less than 10,000 miles and UK registered, this example can be considered a genuine collector's example and is sure to attract attention, not only from the UK but also from Europe and further afield, with the assurance of a Ferrari specialist's inspection and servicing. Viewing is certainly advised.
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