Ferrari’s brand-new Testarossa, the star of the 1984 Paris Motor Show, shocked the world at its premiere. It was a dramatic departure from the 512 BBi that preceded it, as its styling was angular and aggressive, yet its design was just as functional as it was attractive.
The new Testarossa not only offered a step forward in terms of styling, but Ferrari’s new supercar also improved on all aspects of the outgoing Berlinetta Boxer models. The engine produced 40 more horsepower than that of the 512 BBi, helping the Testarossa accelerate from 0–60 mph in under 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph. Its dramatic side strakes that ran along the side of the car helped to channel air into the dual rear-mounted radiators, which kept both the engine and cabin from overheating. By 1988, the single “Flying Mirror” was replaced with more conventional dual mirrors, and the center lock wheels were changed for similar looking wheels with five bolts.
This beautiful example was delivered new in late 1986, specified in the classic combination of Rosso Corsa paint with a Nero leather interior. The Testarossa has enjoyed a major service in recent times, in addition to an upgraded differential, and is offered with its stamped service book. With the care and attention our Testarossa has received, this is a nice driving example of the definitive 80s supercar.