Arizona | Lot 148
1993 Ferrari 512 TR
$179,200 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
16 January 2020
- Finished in vibrant Giallo over black leather
- One of just 408 examples delivered to North America
- Features a full host of service records and tools
- Showing only 8,915 miles from new
- An exceptional Ferrari grand tourer
The 512 TR was a welcome update to the Testarossa and kept Ferrari competitive against Lamborghini’s new Diablo. It was introduced at the 1992 Los Angeles Auto Show and was a marked improvement over earlier models, as its interior had been given numerous updates to improve driver and passenger comfort, the most notable changes being to the seats and steering wheel. Outside, the front end received a mild face-lift to aid aerodynamics, and some of the original sharp lines were softened and updated, but the striking appeal of the Testarossa remained.
Underneath the gorgeous styling, the 512 TR gained 38 additional horsepower, thanks to a more efficient exhaust system and the adoption of Nikasil cylinder liners. Ferrari engineers focused on increasing the car’s overall drivability by installing quicker steering, a single-plate clutch coupled with a smoother gearbox, and larger cross-drilled disc brakes. Top speed was increased to 195 mph, just shy of the F40’s incredible 201 mph, though at a fraction of the price. Legendary racing driver Phil Hill wrote in Road & Track, “Lurking under that bodywork is about three-quarters of an F40 with all the conveniences of any modern GT.”
This attractive 512 TR is finished in the lovely shade of Giallo over a black leather interior and is an exceptional example of the model. Having covered less than 9,000 miles, the TR has been under the care of a true enthusiast, resulting in the excellent condition it presents in today. Offered with the car is a full host of service documents as well as a complete set of tools. As one of just 408 delivered to North America, far fewer yet in vivid Giallo, this 512 TR is certainly as rare as it is eye-catching.
Ferrari’s 512 TR has proven to be an icon of the early 1990s, with distinct roots to the Testarossa before it, but with enough updates to set it apart from its predecessor. This would be an excellent example for the individual looking for the style of the Testarossa but with the added power and comfort afforded by the TR, and in a stunning color, no less.