Była bohaterem popularnej gry Outrun i serialu Miami Vice, jak żaden inny supersamochód stała się symbolem lat 80-tych. Ferrari Testarossa, czyli duży, flagowy model z centralnie umieszczonym silnikiem flat-12. Ponadczasowy projekt Pininfariny z niezwykle charakterystycznymi “żaluzjami” umieszczonymi na bokach samochodu i tylnym pasie był niezwykle charakterystyczny, choć początkowo budził kontrowersje. Testarossa wyglądała znakomicie, przepięknie jeździła i odniosła niespotykany sukces – wyprodukowano ją w niemal 10 tysiącach egzemplarzy, co nigdy wcześniej w historii się nie zdarzyło. To też sprawia, że ciągle można ją kupić taniej, niż jakiekolwiek inne, równie kultowe superauto. Cena około 280 tys. złotych za idealny egzemplarz uzyskana na aukcji w Bonhams w Oksfordzie dobrze odzwierciedla obecny stan rynku.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Registration no. E487 MWP
Chassis no. ZFFAA17C000077054
Engine no. 12597
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 retained its predecessor’s amidships-mounted, 5.0-litre, flat-12 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 driveability were enhanced, the car possessing excellent top gear flexibility allied to a maximum speed of around 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 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 co-efficient of drag, its body 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, two of the first being the adoption of dual door mirrors and five-bolt wheels as seen on the right-hand drive example offered here. The car was delivered new via Maranello Concessionaires and first registered in the UK on 9th June 1988 to one M Dunajtshik, of Wellington, New Zealand. Although originally purchased on a tax-free basis for export (hence the kilometre speedometer), it never left the UK and the duty was paid. ‘E487 MWP’ was purchased by Mr J M Clarke, of London on 28th February 1993 at 3,200 kilometres (approximately 1,988 miles) and by the immediately preceding owner on 11th September 1998 from Talacrest, of Egham, the odometer reading at the time of purchase being 14,415 kilometres (approximately 8,952 miles). Maintained by Talacrest since 1993, the Testarossa was used infrequently and stored in a heated, secure location from whence it was collected by a local specialist for routine servicing, commissioning and MoT testing when required. A major overhaul, carried out by Talacrest in November 2002 (at 20,225 kilometres) and costing £9,921, included changing the cam belts, valves, clutch and tyres.
The current (fourth) owner purchased the Ferrari in March 2011, since when the paintwork and interior have been tidied and a service carried out in August 2011 by Keys Motorsport of Silverstone, including a change of cam belts. Only 300 miles have been covered since then. Finished in rosso corsa with crema hide upholstery, the car is described by the vendor as in superb, unmarked condition and ready to use. It has covered a little over 32,000 kilometres (approximately 20,000 miles) from new, as verified by expired MoTs on file. Kept in air conditioned storage as part of the vendor’s large private collection, this rare right-hand drive Testarossa comes complete with Tracker, alarm and immobiliser, and is offered with service history, current MoT and V5C registration document.