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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Unveiled at the 1984 Paris Auto Show, the Testarossa was a departure from anything Ferrari had produced. Although still boasting a mid-mounted flat-12 engine, the dramatic Pininfarina design was outrageously low and wide and featured distinctive side “strakes,” which have since become a symbol of 1980s automotive design. Benefiting from myriad improvements when compared to the 512 BBi it replaced, it became Ferrari’s best-selling 12-cylinder model to date.
This Testarossa, delivered new to the US, is a desirable early production model featuring center-lock wheels. A three-owner car, it displayed just 8,973 miles at the time of cataloguing and is presented in wonderfully preserved original condition. According to the consignor, the car still sports its factory-applied Nero paint, which possesses a deep shine. The original tan leather interior displays few signs of wear, while the leather dashboard shows no obvious traces of stretching or warping. Maintained in road-ready condition, this car received a major engine-out service with cam belt change performed by Aventura Motors of Southampton, New York, in February 2016 at a cost of $15,882. Invoices and a complete set of original books, tool kit, lug wrench, and jack will accompany the car.
A particularly attractive and well-preserved example, this early production Testarossa warrants serious consideration and should please the most discerning of collectors with an eye for originality.