1989 Ferrari Testarossa
$130,000 - $160,000Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 2018 - Offered on: Saturday, August 25, 2018
- Original U.S.-delivery example in classic colors
- Owner’s manuals, tool roll, and rare fitted luggage
- Just 14,000 actual miles; recent full service, including belts
Unveiling its newest supercar at a nightclub was a bold move for Ferrari, but it could not have been more fitting on the evening before the 1984 Paris Motor Show. At the Lido Nightclub on the Champs-Élysées, a select group of media and clients were afforded the chance to get a sneak peek of the new Testarossa just prior to its unveiling. The Lido was known for its flamboyance and overt style, and the choice in venue was instantly understood by all that first laid eyes on the car.
Crisp angles defined the design language, yet the long side-strakes that ran along the doors into the quarter panels served a purpose, channeling air toward the potent 5.0-liter flat 12-cylinder engine. By a stroke of artistic genius, the design managed to be sinister and elegant at the same time, both forward thinking and contemporary. With exceptional performance to support its stunning looks, the Testarossa was destined to be a future collectible from day one. It is considered by many to be one of the most dramatic and striking Ferraris. Enthusiasts of all ages wanted a Testarossa in their garage, though only the well-heeled few could afford one when new. However, those that grew up with a poster of the Testarossa on their bedroom or office wall made sure it was in their garage once their bank account allowed for it.
The Testarossa offered here is an original U.S.-delivery example, finished in the classic, memorable color scheme of Rosso Corsa over Tan leather. It has undergone a recent full service, including replacement of the belts, as well as recent paintwork to the hood and front fender. It is accompanied by a binder of documentation, as well as owner’s manuals, tool roll, and a rare set of factory Schedoni fitted luggage. Overall it remains in excellent condition with just 14,000 actual miles.
Every “car guy” of a certain age remembers growing up admiring the Testarossa and dreaming of ownership. Today will mark an opportunity come true.