Lot 114

1991 Ferrari Testarossa

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$321,250 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida

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Chassis No.
ZFFSG17A1M0087133
Engine No.
24226
Gearbox No.
5774
Documents
US Title
  • An exceptional, low-mileage example from the final year of production
  • Desirable and menacing “triple-Nero” color combination
  • One of approximately 266 US-market Testarossa produced in 1991
  • Fewer than 670 miles at time of cataloguing; acquired by the consignor in 2013
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A wide, black wedge appears in the rearview mirror—barely tall enough to meet your windowsill. In mere seconds, the 12-cylinder cacophony flies past; a quickly dissipating view of its distinctive rear fascia is the only evidence of your fleeting encounter with the Ferrari Testarossa.

The Testarossa is without question an icon of the Eighties; the visual impact it still commands from the unassuming driver, young car-crazy dreamer, or high-performance sports car aficionado has remarkably never wavered since the model’s introduction in 1984. The low-slung, Pininfarina body is effectively a raked wedge designed to punch through the air at high speeds, not unlike fighter jets of the same period. Yet, the Testarossa was not only a step forward in terms of styling; it also improved on the performance and all-around livability of the outgoing 512 Berlinetta Boxer.

By a stroke of artistic genius, the design managed to be sinister and elegant, both forward-thinking and contemporary. The long side-strakes that ran along the doors into the quarter panels served a functional purpose, channeling massive amounts of air toward radiators that kept the car’s potent 4.9-liter naturally aspirated flat-12 engine cool. The engine produced 40 more horsepower than that of the Testarossa’s predecessor, the 512 BBi, helping the 3,700-pound coupe accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 5.2 seconds and reach a reported top speed of 180 mph.

This remarkable US-market Testarossa was completed at Maranello in September 1990 and desirably specified in its menacing “triple-Nero” color scheme. Research compiled by Dutch Ferrari historians Edvar and Arvid van Daalen lists an approximate, if unofficial, tally of 266 Testarossas configured for the US market in 1991. As presented today, it shows fewer than 670 actual miles at time of cataloguing. Since entering the consignor’s extensive collection in 2013, this Testarossa has traveled just 36 miles within their care. A set of BF Goodrich G-Force Sport tires are currently equipped, and additional accompaniments to the sale of this low-mileage Testarossa include a tool roll, manuals in leather folio, jack, and spare fuses.

This example is, without reproach, one of the most striking and lowest-mileage examples of a final-year Testarossa available today. A true investment-grade example displaying all the characteristics and quality a discerning Ferrari connoisseur looks for, this sinister triple-Nero Ferrari offers the ideal opportunity to acquire the quintessential poster car that once decorated many a bedroom wall.