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1985 Ferrari Testarossa

Sold For £109,200

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - LONDON 7 SEPTEMBER 2015

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Documents: Italian Libretto

  • A desirable, early single-mirror Testarossa
  • Highly original; a wonderful driver

390 bhp, 4,942 cc DOHC Boxer 12-cylinder engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension by double wishbones, coil springs, and telescopic dampers, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,550 mm

Using the word “dramatic” to explain the styling of the new Ferrari Testarossa upon its premiere at the 1984 Paris Motor Show would have been an understatement. For many, it was the perfect amount of drama, and the Testarossa was considered to not only be an instant classic but also the car that defined the 1980s. Of course, as a new Ferrari, the Testarossa did not disappoint in terms of performance and overall driving pleasure either.

Engineers were able to squeeze out an additional 40 horsepower over that of the outgoing 512 BBi, which greatly helped to improve performance. This was done by redesigning the flat 12-cylinder engine to allow for four valves per cylinder. The Testarossa could reach a top speed of 180 mph, and its 0–60 time of 5.8 seconds will still easily keep up with most modern cars on the road today. The Testarossa also received a new clutch, helping to manage power at the rear wheels. Understanding that the Testarossa also needed to be a comfortable place to be in whilst travelling at speed, Ferrari increased the wheelbase by 2.5 inches and the width by nearly six inches, giving the car a more menacing stance, as well as more interior room and luggage space.

This highly desirable, early single-mirror Testarossa example is just the one that every enthusiast would have wanted in the 1980s, as it is finished in the traditional Rosso Corsa over a Crema interior. With just under 73,000 kilometres showing on its odometer, which are believed to be original, it presents well, showing only a handful of signs of wear from normal road use. This car, chassis 58959, was delivered through the official Ferrari distributor in Milan and first registered on 27 August 1985 to Ialstile Srl. in Milano. It was sold to its second owner on 12 October 2011 and has remained in Italy since new.

Although the Testarossa is quickly becoming more desirable in the classic car market, it has always had a passionate following, as it is not only a styling icon but also a wonderful car to drive and enjoy. For the individual looking for that quintessential 1980s red Ferrari, this would be an excellent choice.

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