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 380bhp 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 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 and copied - 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 coefficient of drag, its graceful body being notable for the absence of extraneous spoilers and other such devices. Despite the increase in size over the 512BB, the Testarossa was lighter than its predecessor, the body - its steel doors and roof excepted - being, somewhat unusually for a production Ferrari, of aluminium. Luxury touches in the well-equipped cabin included air conditioning, electrically adjustable seats, tilting steering wheel and plentiful leather.
Unlike some of its rivals, the Testarossa possessed light controls and was relatively easy to drive, factors which, allied to its outstanding performance and stunning looks, contributed to an instant and sustained high level of demand.
One of only a relative handful of its type produced in right-hand drive configuration, this superb example of the legendary Italian supercar was sold new by Roadfield Motors, Belfast and first registered as 'CIG 777' on 15th March 1991. The car was delivered in Bianco (white) with Blu Scuro (dark blue) hide interior and matching carpets. The accompanying Ferrari leather wallet contains the owner's manual, sales and service organisation booklet, warranty card, and service booklet, the latter stamped seven times between 1992 and 2003. The latest entry is dated 2015 when the cam belts were changed and a major service carried out at 26,263 miles by SB Race Engineering. Other documentation includes an old-style V5C in the previous owner's name; a New Car Order Form with bill for £92,053.53 dated 25th February 1991; Maranello Concessionaires Ltd parts sheets; assorted invoices for servicing and maintenance; and a quantity of expired MoTs and tax discs. Offered fresh from pre-sale servicing by Meridien Modena, Southampton, this quite exceptional Testarossa is presented in immaculate condition.