The Ferrari Testarossa is one of the most recognizable automotive designs ever conceived and an iconic sports car from the 1980s, or any other decade for that matter. Introduced in 1984 at the Paris Auto Show, auto enthusiasts of every age were blown away by its distinctive side panel strakes, leading into the radiator intakes, and the performance of the twelve-cylinder boxer engine ensured its status as the premier model offered by Ferrari.
As the successor to the Berlinetta Boxer, Ferrari’s first mid-engined 12-cylinder supercar model range, the Testarossa brought added horsepower, with 48 valves for better breathing and an improved clutch to help deliver that power to the wheels. The results were impressive: a top speed of nearly 290 km/h (180 mph) and acceleration to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds. The rear-mounted radiators also allowed for added luggage space in front which, along with the rear storage area, made the Testarossa a capable car for grand touring duty as well.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2009 at the Battersea Evolution, London, in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
380 bhp, 4,942 cc horizontally opposed twelve-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual gearbox in rear-mounted transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.4".
Source: RM Auctions
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