1990 Ferrari Testarossa
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Engine no. 24658
4,943cc DOHC Flat 12-Cylinder Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
390bhp at 6,300rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Just over 6,200 miles from new
*Exceptionally well-kept example
*A California car for many years
*Superb example of Ferrari's 1980's supercar icon
*Offered with clean CARFAX report
The modern Ferrari Testarossa
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.
Rivaling 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.
The Motorcar Offered
Finished at the Maranello Ferrari works in October of 1990, the penultimate year of Testarossa production, this low-mileage example was specified for the US market. Finished in a classic Ferrari red, the new Testarossa was trimmed with a biscuit leather interior, with complimentary dark brown accents, dashboard and center console. Delivered new though Ferrari of Beverly Hills, California, the car remained with its first owner though 1995, at which time it had covered just over 1,000 miles. As documented by the CARFAX report accompanying this Testarossa, the car was used sparingly, and taken in for regular service and emissions inspections. The car left California for another sunshine state, Florida, in 2008, at the time showing just over 4,800 miles from new. In 2009 the car relocated to New York State, where it remained on a regular maintenance schedule at a renowned Ferrari dealer and service facility, Wide World of Cars. An invoice on file from July 2010 documents completion of a major service at that time .
Today, with just over 6,200 miles from new, this superb example of Ferrari's iconic supercar must be one of the best-kept examples around. The interior shows extremely well, with only minor signs of use. 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 fastidiously 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 better-kept, low mileage example will be hard to find anywhere; this surely represents the best way to purchase a landmark 1980s supercar of this caliber.