1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFTA17C000064989 Engine no. 00675
Lot 223
1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. TES 111A Chassis no. ZFFTA17C000064989 Engine no. 00675
Sold for £43,700 (US$ 71,676) inc. premium

Lot Details
1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFTA17C000064989 Engine no. 00675 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFTA17C000064989 Engine no. 00675 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFTA17C000064989 Engine no. 00675 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFTA17C000064989 Engine no. 00675 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFTA17C000064989 Engine no. 00675 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFTA17C000064989 Engine no. 00675
1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Registration no. TES 111A
Chassis no. ZFFTA17C000064989
Engine no. 00675

Footnotes

  • 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 (red head) 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, the body - its steel doors and roof excepted - being, somewhat unusually for a production Ferrari, of 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 – for 1995. For the first time there were major cosmetic changes: the original pop-up headlights being replaced by fixed lamps beneath clear covers, the grille size reduced, round tail lamps adopted and three-piece wheels fitted. Titanium connecting rods went into the engine, which produced marginally more power and torque than before.

    One of only a relative handful of its type produced in right-hand drive configuration, this fine example was sold new in the UK via Maranello Concessionaires in August 1986 and currently displays a total of 49,379 miles on the odometer. The cam belts were last renewed in 2007 and since 2008 the car has been professionally stored. It is advised that the belts are changed again before further use and a minor oil leak attended to at the same time. Said to drive exceptionally well, the Testarossa comes complete with its original owner's wallet, sundry maintenance invoices, current MoT, V5 registration document and a magazine article featuring this actual car. The personal plate 'TES 111A' is included in the sale also. Even today few cars can match the on-road presence of a Testarossa and this one represents a rare opportunity to acquire a right-hand drive example of the legendary Italian supercar. A high-performance work of art.
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