Ferrari 512 TR
The “Miami Vice” Ferrari Testarossa, with its over-the-top straked sides, remains an icon for the 1980s. Like rolled-up pastel sport coats and five-o’clock shadows, it’s frozen in time. Part of the “instant gratification” decade, the Testarossa was initially so hot that buyer frenzy fueled additional dealer markups, which peaked at about $150,000 in the early years. But the ’80s faded to the more moderate 1990s and demand dwindled, making these one of the more affordable Ferrari 12-cylinder cars – to buy, at least.
Pininfarina engineered the Testarossa to fix some of the problems of the 512 Boxer; it was wider, taller and longer for improved inside space, and the radiator was moved to the rear to eliminate plumbing that previously ran through the car. The side strakes actually directed air to two radiators and made the rear of the car wider and handling more stable.
The 512 TR was the improved, second-generation Testarossa. The engine gained Nikasil cylinder liners, a Bosch Motronic engine management system and more efficient exhaust. Power was boosted from 390 hp to 428 hp and top speed to 195 mph. The gearbox was redesigned to shift more smoothly, with a single-plate clutch. Bigger brake discs were cross-drilled and the steering was quicker.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 in Monterey, California; January of 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona; October of 2012 in London.
428 hp, 4,943 cc DOHC twelve-cylinder engine, five-speed transaxle, independent front and suspension by coil springs and unequal wishbones, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.4"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Hugh Hamilton; Simon Clay