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Lot 130: Ferrari Testarossa

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

Introduced at the 1984 Paris Salon, the Testarossa caused an immediate sensation. The functionality of its Pininfarina styled bodywork was disguised by a wealth of flamboyant  futuristic  detailing. Developed with the aid of a wind tunnel, it combined a low drag coefficient with impressive negative lift characteristics, hence the lack of extraneous aerodynamic aids. The first twelve-cylinder Ferrari to be marketed in America for a decade, the new flagship was of vital importance to Maranello. Although built around a tubular steel matrix similar to that of its Berlinetta Boxer forebears, and retaining the same mid-engined layout, the Testarossa was more than just simple evolution. As well as greater interior space, drivers also benefited from an adjustable steering column, re-profiled seats and air conditioning. Mounting the drivetrain and rear suspension on a separate subframe meant better noise insulation and easier servicing. The switch from a large front-mounted radiator to twin units housed in front of each rear wheel resulted in more efficient cooling and less heat soak. Extensively reworked, the 4942cc flat-12 (whose roots dated back to Ferrari's 1975 312T F1 car) was lighter by 20kgs, and benefited from four-valve cylinder heads and Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection. Developing some 390bhp and 362lb/ft of torque, it was mated to a five-speed manual gearbox but kept in check by twelve-inch discs all-round  and a limited slip differential. Highly praised by the contemporary motoring press, Autocar magazine found the Testarossa capable of 181mph and 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds. Inevitably exclusive, just 438 are thought to have been UK supplied; this example has been well maintained over the years by specialists such as Graypaul, who have just carried out a recent service and cambelt change. Having covered a mere 8,000 miles from new, as one would expect, this Testarossa is reported to be in excellent overall condition, both bodily and mechanically. Complete with a V5, service book, owner's manual, and a black folder including various receipts and service history. CSU 357 also benefits from unusual leather Daytona seats, and 16 knock off style wheels. This has to be arguably the lowest mileage Testarossa and finished in red with a cream hide interior this Ferrari is a driver's car in every way, this model is also the last mid-engined 12 cylinder sports car Ferrari produced until the Enzo, and will prove a responsive and exciting addition to any garage. Indulge in a little Miami Vice!

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number130
Estimate£45000-£60000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1987
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Registration numberCSU 357
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Chassis numberZFFAA17C000071885
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