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Lot 141A: Ferrari Testarossa

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

Ferrari's contemporary rival to the Lamborghini Countach, the Testarossa (as opposed to its Fifties sports-racer of the same name) was a very high performance machine with striking Pininfarina aluminium coachwork. Wide and purposeful its design cleverly integrated aerodynamics with aesthetic appeal. At its heart was a lighter version of the alloy quad-camshaft flat 12 cylinder, 4,942cc engine of the 512BB, complete with dry sump lubrication, four valves per cylinder, fuel injection and the ability to meet US emission regulations for the all-important American market.

Producing a hefty 390bhp at 6,300rpm, allied to Ferrari's own five speed gearbox, this could propel the Testarossa to no less than 180mph with 0-60mph achieved in just 5.4 seconds.

Excellent roadholding was assured by a steel tube chassis - rather than the more common modern monocoque - sporting all independent suspension using double wishbones and single coil spring dampers at the front, and single wishbones with double coil spring/dampers at the rear. Behind the huge tyres large ventilated disc brakes were fitted all round; inside luxury abounded with high quality hide trim that included Connolly leather-covered seats.

The example we offer today is finished in striking black with magnolia hide interior and boasts a full service history up until 1995 where upon it was put into long term storage. Recently the car has been recommissioned including new cam belts in 2011 and is described as being in good condition all round.

With only 50,400 km recorded this is stunning motor car throughout and fast becoming a real classic. A driver's car for the driver, this model is also the last mid engined 12 cylinder sports car Ferrari had produced until the current Enzo.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number141A
Estimate£35000-£40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£31000
Year1987
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberZFFAA17B000068791
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2