Ferrari’s flagship model, the Testarossa supercar, revived a famous name from the Italian company’s past when it arrived in 1984. A next generation Berlinetta Boxer, the Testarossa retained its predecessors amidships-mounted, 5.0-litre, flat-12 engine, which now boasted a maximum power output raised to 380bhp at 6,300rpm courtesy of four-valve cylinder heads. Despite the power increase, smoothness and driveability were enhanced, the car possessing excellent top gear flexibility allied to a maximum speed of 180mph.
Rivalling Lamborghini’s Countach for presence, the Pininfarina-designed Testarossa succeeded brilliantly, the gill slats feeding air to its side-mounted radiators being one of the modern era’s most instantly recognisable – and widely copied – styling devices. A larger car than the 512BB – the increase in width being necessary to accommodate wider tyres – the Testarossa managed the trick of combining high downforce with a low coefficient of drag, its graceful body being notable for the absence of extraneous spoilers and other such devices. Despite the increase in size over the 512BB, the Testarossa was lighter than its predecessor, the body – its steel doors and roof excepted – being, somewhat unusually for a production Ferrari, of aluminium. Luxury touches in the well-equipped cabin included air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats, tilting steering wheel and plentiful leather. Unlike some of its rivals, the Testarossa possessed light controls and was relatively easy to drive, factors which, allied to its outstanding performance and stunning looks, contributed to an instant and sustained high level of demand.
Leaving the factory in 1990, this stunning Testarossa has covered a mere 49,300 kilometres from new as verified by the service book and in the ownership of only its third owner. The car has undergone a recent engine-out cambelt change and service, and the gearbox has been rebuilt with new syncros. The car was serviced last by Ferrari specialist QV in Egham at 49,027 kilometres and has a twin plate clutch and a sports exhaust fitted by the previous owner.
The paintwork, finished in the very rare Ferrari ‘Metallic Blu Chiaro’, contrasts with the tan interior beautifully and is one of only a handful finished in this hue. Supplied with full service history and accompanied by the rare and desirable tool roll and jack, this example is of one of the most iconic 1980s supercars and still turns as many heads today as it did when it was new. Truly Pininfarina at its best – flamboyant, futuristic – detail.
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