1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159

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Lot 114
Just 171 miles and one owner from new
1990 Ferrari Testarossa
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Sold for US$ 250,800 inc. premium
1990 Ferrari Testarossa
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742
Engine no. A04018159

4,943cc DOHC Flat 12-Cylinder Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
390bhp at 6,300 rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Just 171 miles and one owner from new
*Offered from long-term California single ownership
*One of the lowest-mileage Testarossas in existence
*Wonderful un-touched condition inside and out
*An utterly original example of Ferrari's 1980's flagship supercar



THE MODERN FERRARI TESTAROSSA

The Type F110 Testarossa dazzled the automotive world on its 1984 introduction at the Paris Lido supper club, a venue as unexpected as the design of Ferrari's new top-of-the-line GT. The new Testarossa (for "Red Head", the color its camshaft covers were painted) – revived a model name long associated with Ferrari's most successful 12-cylinder competition cars. It was the first 12-cylinder Ferrari designed specifically for the American market, filling a void left by the outgoing 512 BBi, which had never been officially approved for US sale.

The design of its radically-shaped body, just 44.5 inches high, was markedly longer and wider than that of the already-bulky earlier 512, and was credited to Leonardo Fioravanti, Ian Cameron, Guido Campoli, Emmanuele Nicosia, and Diego Ottina at Carrozzerie Pininfarina. It was essentially a very long and wide wedge, but what first attracted the viewer's eye were the long horizontal side strakes. Likened by some critics as akin to a "cheese-slicer", these strakes had a specific purpose: to guide air along this car's flanks and into its rear-quarter cooling intakes. To some onlookers, they were over the top, but others found them fascinating. Early Testarossas were fitted with the problematic Michelin TRX metric tires on dedicated Cromodora center-lock wheels, but cars built after 1988 received less fussy five-bolt "Star" alloys for which conventional tires were more readily available.

The Testarossa's greater dimensions provided its two lucky occupants more interior space and luggage-carrying capacity suitable for a true grand touring car. Dry weight increased to something above 3200 lbs, but that bulk was largely offset by its powerful, mid-mounted five-liter 390 bhp "boxer" flat-12 that had first appeared in the 365 Berlinetta Boxer and continued through the succeeding 512 BB and BBi variants. In spite of its critics, the new Testarossa soon became a best-seller for Ferrari, especially after it proved itself to be the world's fastest production car, with a 180-mph claimed top speed. The economic boom of the 1980s made the Testarossa a relatively affordable supercar; more than 7100 examples had been built and sold by 1991.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This Testarossa has lived a remarkable life as it has been literally unused, kept as a time-warp in as-delivered condition. Discovered in a northern California garage, the Testarossa had formed part of a small collection of Italian high-performance, low-mileage exotics that had been gathered by an enthusiast who essentially never drove his cars after purchasing them. This amazing Testarossa had been driven only 171 miles when it was parked 24 years ago, and is indeed a "time-capsule", and without a doubt one of the lowest-mileage Testarossas in the world. After an initial inspection, one expert said the interior was "the most perfect and original" he'd ever seen.

Supplied with its original spare wheel, comprehensive tool kit and jack, and its original owner's manuals, this Testarossa presents a very rare opportunity to acquire a time-capsule example of Ferrari's most extreme design of that period. As offered, it would be suitable for any collection of great Italian sports cars. If its next owner wishes to enjoy its superlative performance on the highway, a thorough recommissioning with replacement of all consumable parts would be advised.

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1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  Chassis no. ZFFSG17A8L0083742 Engine no. A04018159
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