FERRARI TESTAROSSA INTRODUCTION
When Ferrari introduced the Testarossa in Paris in 1984, it was regarded as possibly the best car they had ever built but, whilst the design was spectacular, it was not considered to be as sensually beautiful as numerous GT Ferraris of the past. As a complete departure, Pininfarina had designed a modern, aerodynamic and efficient body shape, immediately recognisable by its very distinctive side 'strakes' unlike anything else seen in the post-war period. The name 'Testarossa', literally Redhead, became synonymous with Ferrari sports racing cars in the 50s and 60s and was resurrected at the launch of this new model at the Porte de Versailles in 1984.
Housing a 4.9-litre V12 engine producing 390bhp, the car was capable of a respectable 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 196mph. Produced between 1984 and 1991, some 7,177 Testarossas were made in total. Once again, time showed Pininfarina's design to be durable, and throughout the eighties, the distinctive 'strakes' were echoed in other design disciplines from cars to kettles.
However, although the design may have seemed to be 'of the moment', the Testarossa proved itself to be a well-built car, and despite its 'Eiger-rivaling' list price, turned out to be Ferrari's most successful model ever.
Today it's a design icon, symbolic of eighties culture, and despite a period in the "boondocks", its popularity is returning rapidly. It's not a surprise really since the Testarossa offers a rare package of serious performance, practicality, and reasonable comfort and although heavy at low speeds, its confidence-inspiring handling at high speed becomes almost addictive.
Offered here is a UK-supplied right-hand drive 1991 Ferrari Testarossa first registered in the UK on 16th April 1991. This Prancing Horse is finished in Rosso with a sumptuous Grigio leather cabin and Nero carpets throughout. The maintenance records that accompany the car show it has been well looked-after throughout its years.
In March 2017 the car was sent to well-respected Ferrari specialists Nick Cartwright where it received a full overhaul. Work at this time included:
- Removal of engine & gearbox and cambelt replaced
- Cam covers re-crackled
- Engine chemically cleaned
- New engine oil & filter, gearbox and differential oil.
- Rear suspension removed, cleaned, re-painted where necessary and reassembled
- Braking system checked, new brake fluid and bleed out system
- Air-conditioning recharged
- Engine bay fully cleaned and car machine polished
- New MOT
A comprehensive invoice from the aforementioned specialist fully details the work carried out, producing a £15,600 invoice. Supplied with a UK V5c, an MOT until 14th March 2018, its original leather book pack and tools, this stunning Testarossa is now showing only 26,765 miles on the odometer and is a truly exceptional example of one of the finest supercars from the 1980s. A must for any budding classic car collector...
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