Open Roads, Fall | Lot 2046
1990 Ferrari Testarossa
$170,500 USD | Sold
| Novato, California
11 - 20 November 2020
- An exceptional low-mileage example; fewer than 4,800 miles indicated
- Rosso Corsa over Beige and brown interior
- Offered by its second owner, who purchased the car in 1991
- Over $20,000 in service, including timing belt replacement, completed in 2019
- Accompanied by owner’s manuals, tools, jack, and spare
An instant sensation when it debuted in 1984, the Ferrari Testarossa has since become automotive shorthand for the flamboyant era that created it. And while the model evolved slightly over the course of its run, the Testarossa’s futuristic design never lost its edge—figuratively or literally—before production ceased in 1996. The car’s combination of a 4.9-liter Tipo F113A engine and five-speed manual transmission with a gated gear selector, meanwhile, promised both driving engagement and an exhilarating 12-cylinder soundtrack to back it all up.
It should come as no surprise, then, that this Pininfarina-styled wedge is something of a time machine in vehicular form for countless enthusiasts—and nowhere is that truer than with this exceptional 1990 example. Finished in the classic combination of Rosso Corsa over a Beige and brown interior and showing fewer than 4,800 miles, this car provides an immediate impression of the impact this iconic model had when new.
Commensurate with its mileage, this Testarossa retains its original paint and interior. Aftermarket floor mats were installed very early in this car’s life, and as a result, the factory carpet beneath is in excellent condition. Even the tires are said to be original—and while a fresh set would be advisable before undertaking any serious driving, this fact gives a sense of the overall time capsule-like state of the car. It has had just two owners from new; the second owner, the current consignor, purchased it in 1991.
This Testarossa benefits from over $20,000 in service work completed in 2019 by John Heim, who is now with the well-known Patrick Ottis Company. In addition to a timing belt replacement, the fuel injection system was cleaned and adjusted, and its air conditioning system overhauled and converted to R134 coolant. Further, components including brake and cooling hoses and the battery were replaced at this time (please note that, while invoices indicate a tire change, this work was ultimately not performed). The car is accompanied by owner’s manuals with leather pouch, tools in tool roll, jack, spare, and invoices for service work.