Introduced in 1992, the 512 TR was one of the final developments of Ferrari’s sensational Testarossa supercar. Ferrari’s flagship model, the Testarossa revived a famous name from the Italian company’s past when it arrived in 1984. A ‘next generation’ Berlinetta Boxer, the Testarossa retained its predecessor’s amidships-mounted, 5.0-litre, flat-12 engine; the latter now boasting a maximum power output raised to 380bhp 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. 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.
In 1992 the original Testarossa was succeeded by the extensively revised and improved 512 TR version, which came with 422bhp on tap and noticeably greater grip than its predecessor, the latter being much appreciated by Autocar’s tester: ‘The 512 resolved information about the road surface explicitly; the Testarossa’s feedback wasn’t as sharply focussed nor ultimately as useful when travelling quickly.’ And the 512 TR could certainly manage that, its claimed top speed being 314km/h.
This stunning 512 TR was sold new to its first owner in Italy before being acquired in 2015 by the current vendor. In Italy it formed part of a large stable of Ferraris , and we understand was shown at an array of Ferrari Concours de Elegance and has covered just 8,000 km. Testament to this- The car still retains its original protective film on its side skirts.
Offered in generally excellent condition, it comes with UK registration papers and a current MoT- the original instruction book and service manual, and the original tool kit. Finished in the classic colour combination of Rosso Corsa with black leather interior, this 512 TR is a most attractive proposal for the Ferrari aficionado, and must be the lowest mileage example available on the market today.