"Ferrari unveiled the new Testarossa at the 1984 Paris Motor Show marking the end of production of the Boxer, the car that had been the flagship 12-cylinder Ferrari model for the previous ten years. Styled by Pininfarina, the Testarossa paid homage to the great 50s sports racer that originally bore the name, simply translating as 'Red Head'; the rocker covers being painted red. The mid-engine, rear wheel drive configuration allowed the center of gravity to be positioned in the middle of the car, with a weight distribution ratio of 40% front and 60% rear, thus achieving excellent cornering and road holding ability. The Testarossa was produced with 16'' five-spoke 'Star' alloy wheels and disc brakes fitted all round; with 309mm discs at the front and 310mm discs at the rear. The Testarossa was larger than its Boxer predecessor; six inches wider and some 2½ inches longer which allowed more leg room. In addition, the temperature inside the cockpit was reduced as twin radiators were mounted in the rear; unlike the Boxer, where the single front mounted radiator had plumbing from the bonnet to the engine behind the seats, which made the cabin very hot, especially on a warm day. The distinctive side vents were as useful as they were visually striking, allowing excellent engine ventilation, whilst contributing to the car’s unique styling.
Originally registered on 4th September 1987, this right hand drive Ferrari presents in excellent order throughout. The Rossa Corsa paintwork is unblemished as is the tan leather interior. A good service history accompanies E266 DPK and she is supplied with the original toolkit and jack. To be expected of such a high profile sports car, the engine sounds magnificent when running and negates the need for a radio. This Testarossa has been professionally stored in recent times and is supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 13th December 2018. One of the most iconic Ferrari’s of the period, this delightful example is more visceral and far more desirable than its later siblings.
Photos courtesy of Luke Papworth from Hampshire photography"