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Lot 141: 1989 Ferrari Testarossa
29 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
1989 Ferrari Testarossa
Reg. Number: EU Registered
Chassis Number: ZFFAA17B000079616
Pininfarina has pulled off many master-strokes in its time, but few compare with its styling of the Testarossa. Those long ‘egg slicer’ grilles down the side of the body are more than merely functional, they are more than just a style statement, they are positively inspired. They are the sort of simple idea which every other stylist in the world looks at and says, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’
The Testarossa is also a car which was developed in a wind tunnel, which has not always been the case with Pininfarina designs, and particular attention was paid to inducing downforce. Those side grilles are more than beautiful, they are also functional; a wonderful example of science and aesthetics working in harmony.
The chassis was proven, it is virtually the same as the Berlinetta Boxer, but the Testarossa is larger overall and also lighter. The five-litre, four-valve engine has Bosch fuel injection and produces a mighty, although relaxed, 380bhp which is why this car can gallop to 180+mph. Of more importance is its maximum torque which is 3541bs/ft and results in it being able to cover the 0-60mph sprint in 5.3 seconds.
Normally you have to sacrifice style and comfort to get near these figures, but the Testarossa is effortless. In terms of usable performance, it has few equals and no superior. It also has the looks of a ‘supermodel’, but that is what it is.
This example is a low mileage left hand drive car presented in red with a black interior and has covered only 31,000 kms from new as documented in its service manual.
It is in good condition throughout and comes with servicing invoices, toolkit, manuals and factory air conditioning. This car was delivered new to Italy and comes with Dutch papers. This Italian sports car is now ready to be enjoyed on the open road. These are highly desirable 1980s “ supercars” and is still a headturner today.