1988 Ferrari Testarossa
1988 Ferrari Testarossa
Desirable Early Testarossa, Featuring Center Lock Wheels
Rosso Corsa Over Tan Leather
21,200 Miles Showing
Recent Major Belt Service Work - May 2019
Exceptional Original Cosmetic Condition
VIN - ZFFSG17A8J0074603
Engine – 4.9L, 12 Cylinder
Gearbox – 5 Speed Manual
Drivetrain - Mid-Engine, RWD
Price - $125,000
Launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1984, the Ferrari Testarossa brought 12 cylinders and arguably the most iconic design to the battle for supercar supremacy in the 1980s. The Testarossa competed in the global marketplace against the Lamborghini Countach and Porsche 930, and if you did not have a poster of at least one of these on your wall, then your 1980s decade was lacking. The Testarossa went on to be a top seller for Ferrari for many years, later evolving into the 512 TR, and then the 512 M, before ceasing production in the 1990s.
The heart of the “red head” is a flat 12-cylinder engine displacing 4,943cc, and producing 380hp. This catapulted the car to 60mph in 5.3 seconds, and on to a top speed of 180mph through the 5-speed gearbox. The mid-engine layout produced great balance for the car, as well as lending a hand in the dictation of the styling direction.
The Testarossa was a true modern pop culture icon with appearances in movies, arcade games, and of course the Miami Vice exposure that everyone knows. The styling, by Pininfarina, was bold and controversial at the time. It has aged well to cement its place in automotive design as one of the influential knock outs of the era.
The car here on offer shows incredible cosmetics, with a crispness not always seen in these cars. Benefiting from a major detail from a local marque specialist, an already very good car has been taken to back to great. Original finishes throughout the car are present and is a testimony to the careful stewardship of past owners. The paint is even and glossy throughout, and the trim, while still original, has a freshness to it that has left more than one visitor in the showroom this week to ask if it was new.
The interior features all the well-known Testarossa details – two tone leather and carpets, with a rich leather aroma every time you enter the cabin. The gated shifter falls easily to hand, and the view over the steering wheel to the gauges is wonderful and a sensory treat to the eyes. There is some wear to the driver’s side bolster, which is common on these cars, but due to the overall quality of the car, the decision was to stay with original finishes when preparing this car for sale.
Recent major service – This service was completed in May 2019, and it was a full engine out service with belts/tensioner, coolant hoses, fuel filters, brake lines, valve adjustment, air conditioning service, transmission fluid, and more.
The car drives extremely well – the best of any Testarossa that we have personally sampled here. Car fires right up, shifts smoothly, A/C blows ice cold, no slowness in power windows, and the automatic seat belts work smoothly. Overall, a very “on the button” car that has received care and attention over its life.
This highly original, well maintained, early 1988 Ferrari Testarossa is offered with its complete tool roll, jack, center lock wrench and hammer, all books, and fresh major maintenance. The car currently has no needs and is ready for a new owner and many more years of enjoyment.
Please contact Jason Harris at +1-206-355-7727 for more information on this 1988 Ferrari Testarossa.