Lot #8: 1988 1/2 Ferrari Testa Rossa (Not Available)
An outstanding, low mileage original example of a late Testa Rossa
- Just over 7,000 actual miles and 3 owners from new!
- Original US-market model; lifelong California example
- Iconic styling and colors; multiple awards include FCA Platinum
- Fully equipped with all books, tools, accessories, and Schedoni luggage
- Ownership and service history from new and clean issue-free Carfax
- Documents include Bill of Sale and original window sticker
- Serviced, properly maintained, and exceptional throughout
Outstanding lifelong California Testarossa with just over 7,000 actual miles and three owners from new. Iconic Pininfarina statement in Rosso Corsa over Tan. Multiple First Place awards and FCA Platinum honors in 2012. Properly maintained and accompanied by all books, tools, and accessories, a complete set of fitted Schedoni luggage, three (3) keys, and complete ownership and service history since new including the original Bill of Sale and window sticker, and more. Truly an exceptional modern classic V-12 Ferrari and quite likely one of the finest available today.
Specifications: 4,943 cc horizontally opposed DOHC 12-cylinder engine, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, 390 bhp at 6,300 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, Koni shock absorbers (twin per rear wheel), and four-wheel hydraulic ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.4"
Without doubt, the October 1984 Paris debut of the Testarossa stands as one of the most exciting launches of a new Ferrari model in company history. A bold statement in every respect, from its name recalling Modena’s all-conquering Testa Rossa (“Red Head”) sports racers of the late 1950s to its dramatic Pininfarina styling replete with swooping strakes along its flanks channelling airflow into massive radiators at the rear fenders, the Testarossa was an instant icon. Then again, only the Testarossa could possibly succeed the Berlinetta Boxer, another legendary Ferrari/Pininfarina design collaboration.
While often compared to archrival Lamborghini’s Countach, the Testarossa was in fact a much newer and more advanced design throughout. In addition to its audacious bodywork, Ferrari’s newest 12-cylinder ‘Supercar’ drew praise for its remarkable drivability and startling comfort. In fact, a recent classic-car buyer’s guide published by the editors of Octane magazine described the Testarossa as “… a remarkably user-friendly supercar,” one capable of “…mighty performance delivered in a smooth manner by a sweet and free-revving flat-12.”
Sired directly from Ferrari’s 312 T Grand Prix engine design dating back to 1975, the Testarossa’s mid-mounted 4.9-liter engine featured Bosch K-Jetronic electronic fuel injection and four valves per cylinder, delivering 390 brake horsepower making the Testarossa the world’s most powerful sports car at introduction. While demanding few compromises from its occupants, the Testarossa delivers blistering performance – even by today’s standards – with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in just over 5.0 seconds, the ¼-mile in 12.9 seconds, and a top end nearing 180 mph. In fact, the Testarossa reigned as the world’s fastest production car throughout its 11-year production run ending in 1995.
The Testarossa’s handling is equally brilliant, with skidpad performance tested at 0.90 G lateral acceleration. Based upon a race-bred and rigid tubular frame with fully independent suspension including front and rear anti-roll bars, the Testarossa’s rear subframe was removable, easing regular maintenance and servicing. Underpinnings included precise rack-and-pinion steering and large four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Blessed with truly great road feel and Ferrari’s classic gated shift lever controlling the 5-speed manual gearbox, the Testarossa seamlessly blends the classic and modern Ferrari generations and continues to deliver an exceptional drive. Of course, no discussion of the Testarossa is complete without mention of a certain white Ferrari’s prominent – or more correctly starring – role chasing down the bad guys with Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in TV’s hugely successful 1980s series, Miami Vice.
Sold new at Ferrari Monterey and a lifelong California-based vehicle, this 1988 ½ Ferrari Testarossa is an original USA-specification model with just three owners from new and only 7,048 actual miles at the time of cataloguing. A clean Carfax report accompanies this exceptional Testarossa, with no issues noted thereon. Finished in the best Ferrari color scheme of Rosso Corsa over Tan upholstery with no wear noted on the driver’s seat bolsters, the Testarossa is accompanied by all books, tools, and accessories, a complete set of fitted Schedoni luggage, three (3) keys, and complete ownership and service history since new including the original Bill of Sale, window sticker, and more. A fully documented engine-out major service was performed in 2011 and approximately 18 months ago, a complete fluid and belt service was performed. The Testarossa has also received a host of updates for improved usability, including installation of new power window motor controls and stainless-steel gears for the transaxle.
In confirmation of this Testarossa’s excellence, it has enjoyed success in judged shows, with honors including FCA (Ferrari Club of America) Platinum at the 2012 edition of the renowned Concorso Italiano, along with First Place awards at a variety of other events. With just over 7,000 actual miles, clean history, excellent documentation, and all accessories, this multiple award-winning Testarossa is simply one of the finest examples of these stunning Ferrari modern classics.