1986 Ferrari Testarossa
Year of manufacture1986
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Arizona event, 27 January 2022.
$150,000 - $175,000 USD
- The ideal wedge-design poster car
- Early, desirable “flying mirror” example with center-lock wheels and triple-black livery
- One of approximately 300 US-market Testarossas produced for the model year
- Benefits from recent major service completed in November 2021
- Fitted with stainless steel Tubi “street” exhaust
Unveiling its newest supercar at a nightclub the evening before the 1984 Paris Motor Show was a bold move for Ferrari, but it could not have been more fitting. By a stroke of artistic genius, the design managed to be sinister and elegant at the same time, both forward-thinking and contemporary. The long side strakes that ran along the doors into the quarter panels served a purpose, channeling air toward the potent 5.0-liter flat-12 engine. With exceptional performance to support its stunning looks, the Testarossa was destined to be a future collectible from day one. It is considered by many to be one of the most dramatic and striking Ferraris and an iconic “poster car” of its era.
This stunning 1986 Testarossa offered here (chassis number 65559) is finished in Nero over matching black leather upholstery. Constructed in July 1986, it is one of approximately 300 US-market examples produced for the model year. It was sold new to its first owner via Roger Mauro Ferrari in Denver, Colorado on 5 November. This early Testarossa is easily distinguished as such by its single driver’s side “flying” mirror and center-lock alloy wheels. As both the mirror and wheel hub designs changed in early 1987, these early cars are often considered to be the most coveted of the Testarossa family, notwithstanding the limited-production F512 M. The car’s factory exhaust note has been notably improved by the fitment of a desirable stainless steel Tubi “street” system, which was presumably added quite early in its life.
After nearly 22 years spent within several subsequent California-based collections, this Testarossa moved to Florida in June 2016, then showing approximately 30,480 miles. Acquired by the consignor in August 2021, it has since been treated to a thorough engine-out servicing which included the fitment of a new clutch assembly, complete belt service, fluid flush, new spark plugs, gaskets, and several coolant hoses. A valve adjustment and recharge of the car’s air conditioning system were also conducted during this recent servicing, which was completed in November of 2021.
As presented today, this early Testarossa indicates just under 31,000 miles shown on its Veglia Borletti odometer. It is accompanied by owner’s manuals with leather pouch, tools in tool roll, jack, spare wheel, and invoices for service work. The Testarossa remains one of the most recognizable and beloved Ferrari models ever produced. It is archetype of 1980s styling and performance, and it is just as exciting to drive today.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az22.