Lot 189 - 1993 Ferrari Testarossa
|Odometer reading||13,000 miles|
|Estimate||£85,000 - £105,000|
|Result||Sold - £107,520|
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 4,942cc, flat-12 (developing some 390bhp) 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; Ferrari Rosso Corsa with cream leather interior, this extremely-low mileage Testarossa is described by the vendor as an immaculate example. First registered in February 1993 with Stratstone of Wilmslow, K795 FAR has been with its present owner since the summer of 2013 when he purchased the car from a private collection. Having spent 16 years in the collection, the car was re-commissioned with attention to detail high on the list of priorities and, in 2014, was subject to a full cambelt service by renowned Ferrari mechanic and Marinello trained, John Greatorex. Original stamps in the service booklet and old MoT test certificates to help warrant the mileage.
An original righthand drive UK car- supplied and registered- and having covered less than 600 miles per year of its life, this example can be considered a genuine collector's example and is sure to attract attention not only from the UK, but also worldwide.
Interested parties should note that contrary to the initial description printed in your catalogue, the original handbooks are not available with this lot, only the service booklet.
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