The Pininfarina-designed Ferrari Testarossa was launched in October 1984 at the Paris Motor Show as a successor to the 512 BBi. It was powered by a 4.9 litre mid-mounted flat-12 engine with four valves per cylinder – at the time, the most powerful engine ever mounted on a production car. The car’s name is Italian for ‘red head’ and refers to the colour that the camshaft covers were painted.
The Testarossa’s most recognisable design feature were the long, body-coloured, ‘straked’ door panels which drew clean air to cool the twin side-mounted water radiators – this meant that the matt black grille in the nose of the car was purely a dummy to provide a link with Ferrari tradition. At the rear, the paired circular tail lights of the 512 BBi were gone, replaced by a full-width horizontally-slatted satin black louvre hiding rectangular combination light units.
The model featured a return to the unequal size front and rear road wheel rim widths, with 8J x 16″ front wheels and 10J x 16″ rear wheels, plus a space saver spare wheel in the front compartment. Standard road wheels were five spoke ‘star’ pattern alloy initially with a single central chrome-plated nut on a Rudge hub, but this was replaced by a five-bolt fixing in 1988.
The Testarossa remained in production with very few visual alterations until the end of 1991, when it evolved into the 512 TR.
Air conditioning, Leather interior, ABS, Electric mirrors, Electric mirrors, Toolkit, Jack.
The incredible Pininfarina styling of the Testarossa launched Ferrari into the mainstream media and onto the wall of every boys bedroom, this is THE Poster car of the 80s, it was the perfect car for the time matching the style of large block mobile phones, shoulder pads and the fax machine. Sergio Pininfarina called the Testarossa “an exaggeration in flamboyance.” Covered in a glossy coat of Rosso Corsa this iconic supercar does not disappoint, it is in wonderful condition commensurate with low mileage. The huge rear end on this Italian supplied car makes quite the impression and was designed to improve engine cooling and cabin comfort over its predecessor.
The lights, front and hidden at the rear all remain in excellent condition as do the rubber seals and plastics that adorn the stylish and unmistakable body.
The Black leather is a classic combination with the red exterior. It has weathered over the last 25 years well, remaining clean and tidy while still exuding an original patina that can get lost in fully restored cars. The interior, made up of the black dash, carpets and leather adds for an encompassing luxurious supercar feel, with the gated gear stick sat proudly as the centre of attention.
The day glow orange font of the Veglia dials are unmistakably 80′s and complete this wonderfully kitsch cabin.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine was the first four valves per cylinder flat twelve cylinder configuration unit fitted in a Ferrari road car. With almost 400bhp the Testarossa was acknowledged as one the first true supercars and despite it’s dimensions, quite the approachable, co-operative and hospitable GT. Sound on start up evokes all kinds of wonderful Italian history – the controls are heavy when cold, but as the car goes through it’s warm up routine this Ferrari demands revs to deliver on its supercar promise with layers of sound, before and after the exhaust note you can even hear the radiators working. With a full service history the mechanics of this car are excellent.
A recent full engine out major service and cambelt replacement, to the tune of over 6k, ensures this car is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 5-bolt wheel pattern adopted in mid 1988 for the Testarossa is a classic Speedline design. These sit in fantastic shape and condition, free of curb marks and shod in an up-to-date set of Michelin to front and Goodyear to rear.
Having had a brake fluid change and check over the brakes with 4 piston ATE calipers provide good feel and pull the car up well.
The original Tessera di Garanzia (Service book) features the factory chassis stamp having been first registered at Adelmauto S.R.L, Palermo on the 13th July, 1990.
The car has just returned from a full engine out service with marque specialist Aldo Riti. Whilst under his care both cambelts, belt tensioners and all cam oil seals were replaced as well as all fluids, oils and a bleeding of the clutch and brake system.
The car is currently registered in the UK and holds an MOT certificate until September 2016.
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