1989 Ferrari Testarossa


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1989 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Registration no. WIL 3973
Chassis no. ZFFAA17B000086641

'There are fast cars and fast cars. None of them comes close to the 180mph Ferrari Testarossa: it is firmly in that top echelon of high performance cars for which perhaps only two or three rivals qualify. The Testarossa is so excitingly fast you can relive the moments of spine-tingling acceleration from the mere mention of the revered name.' - Motor.

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, the latter now boasting 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.

This example of Ferrari's epoch-defining supercar was imported from Italy in September 2015 having been purchased by the current vendor in June of that year. On arrival it was taken to The Ferrari Centre in Maidstone for a thorough check, where it was observed to have had a large amount of recent work in Italy. The only history available relates to the last three years, any previous history having been lost. Restored at date unknown (but at least ten years ago), the car is described by the private vendor as in generally very good condition, having been on the button and totally reliable during his ownership. It is offered with current MoT and a V5C document. A Tubi sports exhaust is the only noted deviation from factory specification. A guaranteed head-turner wherever it goes, this wonderful Testarossa would be the perfect addition to any collection of Ferraris.