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The Gstaad Sale / 1989 Ferrari Testarossa Chassis no. ZFFSA17S000082194

LOT 147
1989 Ferrari Testarossa
3 juillet 2022, 14 h 00 UTC+2
Gstaad, Palace Hotel

Sold for CHF115,000 inc. premium

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1989 Ferrari Testarossa
Chassis no. ZFFSA17S000082194

• Delivered new to Switzerland
• Two owners from new
• Fewer than 23,600 kilometres from new
• Most recent service September 2021 (including timing belts)
• Complete with all books


"There are fast cars and fast cars. None of them comes close to the 180mph Ferrari Testarossa: it is firmly in that top echelon of high performance cars for which perhaps only two or three rivals qualify. The Testarossa is so excitingly fast you can relive the moments of spine-tingling acceleration from the mere mention of the revered name." - Motor.
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' 512 Berlinetta Boxer, the Testarossa retained its predecessor's amidships-mounted, 5.0-litre, flat-12 engine. Reflecting Ferrari's racing heritage, the latter had first appeared in 4.4-litre form in the 365 GT4 BB having been developed using experience gained from the Maranello firm's World Championship-winning, flat-12 Formula 1 and sports-racing units. As deployed in the Testarossa, this unique engine 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 290km/h (180mph).

Rivalling Lamborghini's Countach for presence, the Pininfarina-styled 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.

Finished in classic Rosso Corsa with black interior, this example of Ferrari's epoch-defining supercar dates from 1989, by which time the early cars' controversial high single mirror (monospecchio), which gave good rearwards visibility but could obscure oncoming traffic, had been replaced by two conventional mirrors mounted lower down on the 'A' posts.

Despite its supercar credentials the Testarossa is a capable Grand Tourer, and this relatively little used and well-maintained example would be the perfect companion for long weekend trips. Chassis number '82194' was delivered new by Autodiffusion in Geneva, Switzerland to its first owner, Mr Alain Hotz, only passing to its second owner (the current vendor) in 2021. The Testarossa currently has fewer than 23,600 kilometres showing on the odometer and comes with its fully stamped service book.
The latter records the first service, carried out by Ferrari Lausanne on 7th July 1995 at 11,000 kilometres; the second service by Toni Auto in Maranello on 16th June 2015 at 21,200km; and the third service by Garage Pierre-Alain Burnier near Lausanne on 28th September 2021 at 23,282 kilometres. The 2021 service included a change of timing belts as recorded in the service book.

Swiss delivered new, presented in very nice condition and sold with Swiss Carte Grise and all its original books, this exceptional Testarossa wants only for a new owner eager to enjoy the unique sound and performance of its glorious 'flat 12' engine.

Saleroom notices

Please note that this online description supersedes the version in our printed catalogue. This car is taxes paid in Switzerland.

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