Lot 196 - 1991 Ferrari Testarossa
|Odometer reading||18,272 miles|
|Estimate||£138,000 - £160,000|
|Result||Sold - £133,576|
- Recent £11,000 major service
- Registration number of 2 FTR included
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 1950s 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 centre 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.
This immaculate Testarossa has been lovingly cared for by the fastidious vendor and as such, presents in beautiful condition. The superb history folder confirms the engine has been removed every three or four years to have the cambelts change; the car benefits from having had a recent major service carried out at a cost of circa £11,000. The fuse board is often a problem area on these cars, this has been replaced and the front brakes have been upgraded to 360 Modena specification. The suspension has also been upgraded. This original UK right hand drive Testarossa is supplied with a full set of Schedoni luggage, two keys, a full unused toolkit, original owners pack and sales brochure. Finished in Rossa Corsa with Crema interior, this Ferrari comes with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 14th March 2022. The registration number of 2 FTR is also included with the car.
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