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 predecessor’s 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 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, with the majority of the body being made from 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. In 1992 the original Testarossa was succeeded by the updated 512TR version, which came with 428bhp on tap, while ABS brakes were added to the package before the 512TR was replaced by what would be the Testarossa’s final incarnation, the 512M in 1995.
This stunning Ferrari 512 TR in rare Nero Black was first registered in June 1993 in Duesseldorf with its first owner. The subsequent owner enjoyed the car right up until 2014, and in total it has only had 3 owners. Ferraris need to be driven and with a proven mileage of 63,000km, few TR’s come in better condition than this striking example. Internally and externally the car is described as being in ‘impeccable condition’. It has been extremely well maintained and comes complete with tool kit, service book with maintenance certificates and bills for all services. These services include a new timing belt, a complete transmission overhaul as well as the replacements of gas struts for the bonnet and new windscreen wipers.
A fantastic opportunity to purchase a well sorted Ferrari 512 TR at a very reasonable price.