U.S. specification model boasting a known history from new
Less than 27,000 miles from new
Accompanied by its original manuals, jack, and tool kit
Please note that this lot will need to be collected in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Built for the 1988 model year and completed by Ferrari in November of 1987, this Testarossa was built to U.S. specifications and shipped to Classic Italia of Richardson, Texas. Its first owner was Janks Garrett, a lawyer from Arlington, Texas, who purchased the car on January 14, 1988. Photographs included in the history file show that the car was delivered just as it presents today, finished in Bianco over a Beige leather interior, fitted with the single wheel nut “monodado” wheels.
The Testarossa remained with Garrett until October 19, 1994 when it was purchased by its second owner, William Batterman Ruger at 7,971 miles. Ruger was a firearms designer who established Sturm, Ruger & Company in 1949 and a well-known collector of pre-war automobiles, and had the Testarossa registered at his home in New Hampshire. Ruger sold the Testarossa about a year later to a dealership in California from which it passed to another dealer, Charles Agiapou of Los Angeles.
Agiapou sold the Testarossa that same year to Christian v. Friborg, at which point it was exported to his native Denmark, having been driven 9,597 miles. Interestingly, an article published in the May 1996 issue of the Danish publication Esbjerg Posten says the car was driven by actor Richard Gere whilst in Los Angeles.
Continuing to remain in Denmark, the Testarossa was purchased by Mark Nielsen in April of 2014, also a well-known Ferrari enthusiast, and shortly after, the engine’s timing belt was replaced during an engine-out service in June of 2014. Nielsen kept the car for a year prior to selling to the consignor with 25,608 miles. At this point, the car was exported to Germany, where it has remained ever since accruing roughly 1,200 miles since. Importantly, the car is fitted with a Koenig exhaust and offered with its original tool kit, jack, and owner’s manuals, as well as some documentation, including service invoices from its time in Denmark. A well-preserved example boasting a known history from new and still wearing its original colours, this would be a lovely Testarossa to drive and enjoy. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0420.