Magnificent colour/trim combination
French-market car with full service history
Following on from the 512 BB, the Testarossa was an even more accomplished development of the mid-engined 12-cylinder theme initiated by Ferrari with the 365 GT4 BB. Under its Pininfarina clothing it carried over flat-12 mounted atop the gearbox of its its predecessors, but with certain improvements – such as a move to four valves per cylinder – that boosted power to 390bhp. Accelerating to 100km/h (60mph) in 5.3 seconds, it had a maximum speed of 290km/h (180mph), which back in 1984 was a figure reserved for a very few of the most exotic of motor cars. The model’s exceptional qualities assured it of commercial success, with more than 7000 made. For a long while snubbed by collectors, the Testarossa has now largely found its rightful place in the pantheon of mythical berlinettas from Maranello.
In today’s market, more reasonable but above all more demanding, the most beautiful and best-documented cars are those that stand out, in a more crowded field. When we were offered this Ferrari Testarossa we didn’t hesitate long before agreeing that it had a particular appeal. Bought on 16 July 1996 by its current owner, it has always been notably well maintained, first by Pozzi in Levallois, then by Philippe Gardette of Auvergne Moteur and finally by Fiorano Racing just outside Paris. The service booklet confirms all this in full detail.
Exceptional in all areas, the car was delivered new in March 1989 by official importer Pozzi, and was finished in Rosso Corsa with a black leather interior and red carpets. Its second Parisian keeper acquired the car in June 1993 and used it regularly until he passed it on to his lawyer, another lover of sports cars. In accord with the discretion demanded of his profession, the new owner had the car resprayed in Gris Auteuil, a factory-catalogued Ferrari shade that is less showy and admirably suits the car’s lines and its interior colour scheme. As can be seen in the photos included with the Ferrari’s documentation, the body was fully dismantled for the operation, to ensure a finish to the high standard demanded. More than 20 years on, the result remains stunning – this car is a real beauty. Panel gaps, engine compartment, upholstery, carpets, dashboard, headlining, wheels: everything is in a condition that is quite simply remarkable. With only 59,076km (36,700 miles) on the clock, the car has just had a full service at a cost of 8000€.
If the Testarossa can be regarded as one of the first modern supercars, one mustn’t forget that it is just as capable of being driven at modest speeds on lesser roads, and in great comfort. This polyvalence makes it a true Grand Tourer, and it is even more desirable when, as here, it has such a well documented history and such an unusual presentation.
This car will be sold by auction by AGUTTES Auction House, in Paris, at the Espace Champerret, France, on June the 23th, 2019.
The digital catalog will be available soon on our website
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