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Lot 362: Ferrari Testarossa Coupé

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

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, which now boasted 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. In 1992 the original Testarossa was succeeded by the updated 512TR version, which came with 428bhp on tap, while ABS brakes were added to the package before the 512TR was replaced by what would be the Testarossa's final incarnation – the 512M – for 1995. For the first time there were major cosmetic changes: the original pop-up headlights being replaced by fixed lamps beneath clear covers, the grille size reduced, round tail lamps adopted and three-piece wheels fitted. Titanium connecting rods went into the engine, which produced marginally more power and torque than before. One of only a relative handful of its type produced in right-hand drive configuration, this superb example of the legendary Italian supercar was purchased from Graypaul in 1996, chosen because it was the best – and the most expensive – of the six examples on offer at that time. Since then some 20,000 miles have been covered, the current odometer reading being circa 23,000. Driven only in the summer months, and never in the rain, it has never been used for track days and is always kept in a Carcoon. Serviced regularly by Graypaul and Terry Keys Motorsport, the car is described as in generally good condition and offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document. A sports exhaust system, fitted at time of acquisition, is the only notified deviation from factory specification.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
Lot Number362
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£60000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£68700
Condition rating2
Registration numberH781 ATO
Chassis numberZFFAA17C000087828
Engine number25204
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors