Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
19 - 20 January 2017
Lot 113

1986 Ferrari Testarossa 'Flying Mirror'


$151,250 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona



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  • Desirable early production “flying mirror” model
  • 8,000 original miles; original tool roll, jack, and manuals
  • Recent service records, including fresh belt service
  • Ferrari Classiche certified

380 bhp, 4,943 cc DOHC horizontally opposed 12-cylinder engine with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension with unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, and anti-roll bars; and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.4 in.

Unveiled to the world the night before the opening of the 1984 Paris Motor Show at the famed Lido nightclub on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Ferrari Testarossa would become nothing short of legend. With a 0–60 mph time of just over five seconds and a top speed of near 180 mph, its performance and dramatic styling had enthusiasts falling head over heels for Ferrari’s newest flat-12 creation. It soon became the poster child for a generation with numerous appearances in movies, music videos, and television shows—most notably in a starring role in Miami Vice alongside Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

The Testarossa offered here is a desirable early production example, with a single mirror on the driver’s side, mounted high on the A-pillar—dubbed the “flying mirror” in Ferrari parlance, and widely considered more attractive than later versions. Originally delivered in May 1986 by Steven Kessler Motor Cars of New York City, it was finished, as it is today, in the classic combination of Rosso Corsa over Nero. Today it remains in utterly splendid condition from nose to tail, with fewer than 8,000 miles recorded at the time of cataloguing, and is still complete with its original tool set, jack, and owner’s manual set, as well as a spare set of keys.

Recent services, for which receipts are on file, included changing fluids and installing two new front tires, as well as a fresh belt service completed in time for the auction. The receipts compiled, in fact, record regular and proper maintenance back to 2010. The car has also, quite desirably, received the important full Red Book Classiche Certification from Ferrari, noting that it retains all of its original drivetrain and body components, and remains very much the car that it was delivered as in 1986.

Every enthusiast who came of age in the 1980s wanted a Testarossa, and the early “flying mirror” variant is the most desirable. With low mileage, well-preserved condition, a good service history, and Classiche Certification, the example offered here is certainly the best of all possible worlds.