Lot 17

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1990 Ferrari Testarossa

Coachwork by Pininfarina

SOLD $165,000


$225,000 - $275,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Extremely Rare and Distinctive Two-Tone Interior Trim
4,500-Mile Example with Major Service Completed in July 2015
Important Model in the Evolution of the Ferrari Supercar
First in Class at the 2015 Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue
Accompanied by Books, Tools, Fitted Luggage, and Extensive Records

Technical Specs

4,942 CC DOHC Flat 12-Cylinder Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
380 BHP at 5,750 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independe
Register to Bid

Jim Walker, Lynchburg, Virginia (acquired new in April 1990)Second Owner, Charlotte, North Carolina (acquired from the above in 1990)Robert Rossano, Cherry Hill, New Jersey (acquired in 1993)John Fellows, Flower Mound, Texas (acquired circa May 2005)Robert Nielson, Stephenville, Texas (acquired in November 2006)Michael McMackin, Pebble Beach, California (acquired from the above in July 2008)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Concours on the Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, August 2015 (First in Class)

At the Paris Motor Show in October 1984, Ferrari announced an all-new 12-cylinder flagship model, the Testarossa. The most powerful road-going Ferrari to date featured a mid-mounted flat-12 engine and unforgettable Pininfarina coachwork that captured the essence of 1980s automotive styling.

One of approximately 1,300 examples built for the 1990 model year, this beautiful Testarossa benefits from dedicated stewardship and a unique appearance. Specified for the US market, chassis no. 84044 was finished at the factory in Rosso Corsa and trimmed with a Rosso interior with contrasting tan leather seats – an extremely rare interior color scheme, according to marque experts. The car was imported through Algar Ferrari in Philadelphia and initially distributed to Thoroughbred Motorcars, the official dealer in Nashville, Tennessee.

Purchased in April 1990 by broker Jim Walker of Lynchburg, Virginia, the Testarossa was then sold to an enthusiast in North Carolina. By 1993, the car passed to Robert Rossano of New Jersey, who entrusted the Ferrari to Algar for regular maintenance. The Testarossa was then sold to a Texas-based owner in late 1995, and when offered for sale in 2008, the odometer displayed only 4,267 original miles.

Spotted by Michael McMackin, a discerning collector residing in Pebble Beach, the Testarossa was purchased and then treated to a major service in 2009.Mr. McMackin also meticulously documented the car’s history, compiling two large binders with service invoices and correspondence.

In 2015, the impressively preserved and well-documented Testarossa was acquired by the consignor, who immediately commissioned a mechanical freshening that included adjusting the valve clearances and camshaft timing; replacing timing belts, seals, gaskets and hoses; and installing new spark plugs and fuel and oil filters. A new alternator was installed, the brake calipers were rebuilt, and the hydraulic system was flushed, among other measures. Since this extensive service was carried out, the car has seen minimal use, and its high quality was confirmed with a First in Class award at the 2015 Concours on the Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Currently displaying approximately 4,500 original miles, this remarkable and unusually appointed Testarossa is an ideally preserved example of a groundbreaking Ferrari model. It is accompanied by manuals, tools, and a set of fitted Schedoni luggage, and ought to bring future owners a warm welcome at Ferrari Club of America meets and supercar gatherings alike. For the owner who prefers to indulge in the flat-12’s legendary performance, this Testarossa also delivers visceral power to match its exotic styling.