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Lot 207: Ferrari Testarossa Berlinetta

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

Ferrari's flagship model, the Testarossa supercar revived a famous name from the Italian company's past when it arrived in 1984. A 'next generation' Berlinetta Boxer, the Testarossa retained its predecessor's amidships-mounted, 5.0-litre, flat-12 engine, which now boasted a maximum power output raised to 390bhp at 6,300rpm courtesy of four-valve cylinder heads. Despite the power increase, smoothness and driveability were enhanced, the car possessing excellent top gear flexibility allied to a maximum speed of around 180mph. Rivalling Lamborghini's Countach for presence, the Pininfarina-designed Testarossa succeeded brilliantly, the gill slats feeding air to its side-mounted radiators being one of the modern era's most instantly recognisable styling devices. A larger car than the 512BB - the increase in width being necessary to accommodate wider tyres - the Testarossa managed the trick of combining high downforce with a low co-efficient of drag, its body being notable for the absence of extraneous spoilers and other devices. Luxury touches in the well-equipped cabin included air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats, tilting steering wheel and plentiful leather. Detail improvements were made regularly throughout the Testarossa's seven-year production run, two of the first being the adoption of dual door mirrors and five-bolt wheels as seen on the un-restored example offered here. Presented in rosso corsa with a contrasting black leather interior, the car formed part of an exclusive Italian collection of Ferraris and currently displays a believed-correct total of less than 25,000 kilometres on the odometer. Offered with Italian registration documents.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number207
Estimate€30000-€50000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€34000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€39100
Year1990
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number86357
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2