• Year of manufacture 
    1989
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    130
  • Reference number 
    7eUrzqOSBwbEJoQkFhSVfD
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
    United States
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

The Testarossa has been a sensation from the moment it was unveiled on the eve of the 1984 Paris Motor Show, on the stage of the Lido nightclub along the Champs-Élysées. One of its primary missions was to address complaints that its predecessor, the Boxer, was too hot inside, too raw, and insufficiently usable. To reduce cabin temperatures, the front-mounted radiator was split in two and moved from the front of the car to the sides. This introduced large intakes, which legendary Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti punctuated with the strakes that became the car’s visual calling card, in addition to meeting German regulations forbidding large, unprotected openings on cars. The parallel-lines motif was repeated on the cooling grilles of the engine lid and rear fascia, and the result remains one of the most stunning car designs of all time.

The Testarossa is powered by an evolution of the Boxer’s fuel-injected, horizontally opposed engine fitted with new multi-valve cylinder heads, making it the first 12-cylinder road car with four valves per cylinder. Coupled with catalytic converters, this made the Testarossa clean enough to meet US emissions standards, allowing it to become the first 12-cylinder Ferrari officially sold in the American market since production of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona ended in 1973. The engine produced 385 hp and gave the Testarossa a top speed of 180 mph, making it one of the fastest cars then available.

Despite the Testarossa’s aggressive looks and world-class performance, it is surprisingly usable and refined. Its ride is impressively comfortable, the noise level is reasonable, its powertrain is flexible, and the general level of refinement is high. It even has a usefully shaped and surprisingly spacious trunk. These characteristics made the car commercially successful in-period and remain a key part of its enduring appeal today.

As a European-market example, this 1989 Testarossa has conventional, nonmotorized seat belts and a cleaner profile without side reflectors. Originally sold by the Ferrari dealer in Vienna, Austria, on August 1, 1989, the car spent many years in a museum and has covered just 208 km (130 miles) when catalogued. It is accordingly in fantastic, nearly unmarked cosmetic condition. In 2021 and 2022, the car received substantial mechanical work, including a belt service, water pump, spark plugs, new battery, clutch, and tires, and rebuilds of both the braking and fuel systems.

The car was imported to the US in 2022 and retains its books, tools, jack, and original Austrian documentation, completing the stunning presentation of an extremely rare, collector-grade example of one of Ferrari’s most iconic models.


Gooding & Company
1517 20th Street
Santa Monica  90404  California
United States
Contact Person Kontaktperson
First name 
Gooding & Company

Phone 
+1 (310) 899-1960