Ferrari’s flagship model of the 1980s, the Testarossa, revived a famous name from the Italian manufacturer’s past when it arrived in 1984. A car of abnormal design and performance, the new Testarossa was born to stupefy, as was clear from the day of its unveiling: instead of one of the traditional motor shows, Ferrari chose the stage of the famous Paris Lido nightclub for the new model’s launch. A ‘next generation’ Berlinetta Boxer, the Testarossa retained its predecessor’s amidships-mounted, 5.0-liter, flat-12 cylinder engine, which now boasted a maximum power output raised to 390bhp at 6,300rpm, courtesy of four-valve cylinder heads. Despite the power increase, smoothness and drivability were enhanced, the car possessing excellent top gear flexibility allowing for a maximum speed in excess of 180mph.
Rivalling Lamborghini’s Countach for presence, the Pininfarina-designed Testarossa succeeded brilliantly. Its side gill slats, which fed air to its side-mounted radiators, instantly became one of the modern era’s most recognizable styling devices. A larger car than the 512BB – the increase in width being necessary to accommodate wider tires – the Testarossa managed the trick of combining high downforce with a low co-efficient of drag, its body design being notable for the absence of extraneous spoilers and other devices. Luxury touches in the well-equipped cabin included air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats, tilting steering wheel and plentiful leather. Detail improvements were made regularly throughout the Testarossa’s seven-year production run, one of the first being the adoption of dual door mirrors. One of the most recognizable and iconic models from the Italian company, the Testarossa would grace many young car enthusiasts’ bedroom walls in poster form during the late 1980s.
Finished at the Maranello Ferrari works factory in January 1991 , the final year of Testarossa production, this low-mileage example has had just one owner from new. Finished in classic Ferrari red, the new Testarossa was trimmed with a biscuit leather interior.
Delivered new via H. R Owen , the car comes complete with its original new vehicle order form, and a host of bills and receipts. The cambelts were respectively changed in 1996 (7,530 miles) and in 2006 (11,973 miles). In between these intervals the car was serviced by Lancaster Colchester.
Today, with just over 12,000 miles from new, this superb example of Ferrari’s iconic supercar must be one of the best examples around. The interior shows extremely well, the console and dash areas are clean, without peeling or shrinking of the plastic materials as often seen on these cars. The exterior paint is well detailed, and the black trim and rubber parts show very well. The compartments (engine and front trunk) are clean and original, with factory markings still in place, and the classic five-spoke star alloy wheels present beautifully. A one owner, lower mileage example will be hard to find anywhere; this surely represents the best way to purchase a landmark 1980s supercar of this calibre.