The Ferrari Testarossa was an icon from day one. It looked as
aggressive as a V12 Ferrari should, but not all of them were
created equal. This one is an ultra-desirable 1986 model with
exceptionally low miles, and maintenance history (including a
recent full service.) This is also only a 2-owner car, which is
extremely rare to see in the exotic car world where cars often
change hands frequently.
Some cars are called the poster-child for a company, but for an entire generation, the Testarossa was genuinely the poster of choice for every child's room. The wild styling of Testarossa earned this envy because it was how a supercar from Ferrari should look. While the car's redhead name is a reference to the cam covers and a tribute to the legendary 250 TR, it's also really the best color for this iconic prancing horse. Of course we say that because the paintwork on our exceptionally well-preserved classic is the kind of pristine many in our showroom have described as "flawless." This is a sign of special care that you can see in every picture of this thoroughly original Ferrari. While all Testarossas came with the same angular and aggressive styling that ran from the long flat nose right through the seductively wide rear end, this one was the final year for the now-collectable "flying mirror". The high mounted single driver mirror is a piece of brazen automotive asymmetry that could only be pulled off with this car's Italian flair.
The Testarossa represented the upper echelon of society, and so of course, the interior delivered a level of refinement worthy of its price tag. The Nero leather seats still look amazing, especially with the prancing horse embossed in the headrest. They are grippy enough for a supercar, but Ferrari made sure that the Testarossa had a grand touring level of comfort. That's also why these cars came with comfort features like air conditioning, power seats, power steering, power windows, tilt steering wheel, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo neatly tucked away under a cover on the dashboard. All of this was standard equipment straight from Maranello. In fact, there was only one option for the Testarossa. This coupe's six-piece Schedoni custom luggage set that fits behind the seats and trunk has the kind of rarity that starts bidding wars all on its own.
The mid-mounted 4.9-liter boxer V12 was the culmination of this motor at Ferrari. The 380 hp fuel-injected engine was a 14% increase in power over the last Berlinetta Boxer predecessor, and the Testarossa had 0 to 60 mph times could compete with its cross-Italy rival, the Lamborghini Countach. But since this has matured into a classic that's welcomed at any concours, there is a new set of rules in Testarossa shopping. This is a fully numbers-matching car with exceptionally low miles at 14,277. The CarFax on this car is 100% clean and reports no issues. When a car has averaged less than 500 miles per year, the next step is to look at its maintenance records. You'll see that this Ferrari has not only been preserved, but also maintained. This includes a recent full service (all belts, fluids, and clutch master cylinder) from the Ferrari technicians at Reeves Motorcars. It even has its correct single bolt wheels with Michelin TRX tires (concours judges look for that.) But as much as this one is ready to be an award-winner, we'll bet you won't be able to resist grabbing the leather three-spoke steering wheel with one hand and the iconic gated five-speed shifter with the other and really opening this one up on the backroads. After all, a Ferrari is a thing of beauty, but no one really falls in love until you hear that racecar exhaust note.
This car comes with everything original from the manuals to the ultra-rare tool kit that's never been used. This Ferrari is the one time you can meet your hero, and it won't disappoint.
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