1985 Ferrari Testarossa

'Monospecchio'

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1985
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    196
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red

Description

  • Striking, quintessentially 1980s Pininfarina design
  • Classic color combination: Rosso Corsa over beige and brown leather interior
  • 4.9-liter flat-12; five-speed manual transmission
  • Single-family ownership since 1988
  • Lengthy maintenance history at Intrepid Motorcar Co. of Sparks, Nevada
  • Major service, including new timing belts and clutch, performed in early 2020
  • Largely original, unrestored condition

Introduced at the1984 Paris Motor Show, the Ferrari Testarossa caused an immediate sensation; its brash, angular design would go on to be well-represented in popular media (not to mention in innumerable bedroom-wall posters), and it is today viewed as automotive shorthand for an entire unforgettable era.

Being a Ferrari, however, the Testarossa was as much about speed and power as it was Pininfarina-designed style—and from the wail of its Tipo 113A 4.9-liter DOHC naturally aspirated flat-12 to the feel of its gated five-speed manual transmission, it offers a driving experience unmatched by today’s performance cars.

This car, chassis number ZFFTA17B000057389, is an early single-mirror “Monospecchio” Testarossa finished in Rosso Corsa over a beige and brown interior. Delivered new to official Ferrari dealer Alajda Automotive in Amman, Jordan, it remained in that country only a short time before being imported to the United States and sold to noted Clemson University soccer coach (and well-known Ferrari aficionado) I.M. Ibrahim in South Carolina.

In 1988 it was purchased by the consigning family; throughout this long-term ownership, it is said to have been consistently maintained by Intrepid Motorcar Company of Sparks, Nevada. As documented by invoices totalling nearly $45,000, the car underwent major service in the first half of 2020. The scope of the work performed ranged from big ticket maintenance items—the installation of new timing belts, a new clutch, a new main seal, a rebuilt water pump, and more—down to repair of the car’s iconic pop-up headlights.

Exterior paint, believed to be original, exhibits some rock chips and other minor wear typical for a car of this mileage (the odometer displays 58,579 km, or ~36,400 miles); a new dashboard freshens up the tidy, well-preserved interior. The car is currently fitted with a Tubi Style exhaust system, though the original exhaust is included with the sale.

A largely original, unrestored Testarossa, this car has benefitted from decades of single-family enjoyment paired with scrupulous upkeep. It is offered with a service history from the year 2000 onward, owner’s manuals, original warranty card, tools, spare keys, jack and spare tire, and its original exhaust system. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0520.