Pininfarina design, gated manual 5-speed gearbox, and a robust, naturally aspirated 12-cylinder engine.
This is Ferrari’s signature recipe that has created some of the most iconic and sought after road cars to date. This name represents a significant time for Ferrari as well as significant racing pedigree, so the expectations for the car were very high.
In 1984, the stage was set at the Paris Auto Show, as enthusiasts awaited the unveiling of the new, highly anticipated Testarossa and it did not disappoint. It was an immediate success, as Ferrari went onto produce over 10,000 units. Today the most desirable of these cars are arguably the earlier examples equipped with center lock wheels and a “flying mirror” which refers to the high mounted single mirror mounted on the driver’s side.
These examples were only built in 1985 and 1986 making them a rarity amongst the thousands manufactured and tend to hold the greatest market value.This brings us to the example on offer, a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa chassis #ZFFSA17A3G0066919, having traveled just 13,285 miles from new, finished in black over a black leather interior; a refreshing change from the typical red, tan combination. Upon approach, the black paint presents beautifully, retaining a glossy shine and a consistent finish throughout. The panel gaps and seams are all spot on, showing evenly with no abnormalities to make mention of.
The rubber seals and moldings are still supple, free of any dry rot or blemishes. Each piece of glass is in excellent original condition with no damage or serious faults. The 5-spoke center lock wheels have also been well cared for, having no curb rash and free of scratches. This Testarossa is simply a nicely preserved example with little to critique.
The black leather trimmed interior maintains its original finishes and does not disappoint in quality. The door jams are presentable, still obtaining its original VIN plate on the driver’s side and rubber entry guards in good shape. . Both seats have developed a welcomed patina but lack any harsh blemishes. There is some light wear on the bolsters however, the seams are intact and there are no tears in the leather. The side of the driver’s seat has worn from engaging and disengaging the emergency brake. The dash has fared well with no inconsistencies to report, housing the fully operational and original gauges. The rugs, rear bulkhead, and door panels will raise no disputes, showing consistently with the remainder of the interior. The interior lighting and electronics are all in working order, in need of no repairs whatsoever.
The only overall inconsistency is that of very light fade which is typical of black leather of this era. The interior/leather would ultimately benefit from further moisturizing of the leather, but remains acceptable as-is. This example when ordered new from the factory was also equipped with a full luggage set that is currently still in the dust covers it came in. Few cars came with luggage and even fewer still have the entire set intact. The trunk liner is in pristine condition with absolutely no flaws. The spare wheel is present, still having the factory stickers untouched on the rim and tire. Moving to the engine bay, the fabulous condition of this car continues through to this area as well.
The engine bay is an excellent example of correctness and tidiness for a Testarossa.The term “turn key” is a phrase too often used to describe the mechanical condition of a car but when it comes to this example, it could not be a more accurate description. In the last three years alone, precisely $26,764.65 worth of service items was spent on this example to make it mechanically perfect. The recent and extensive service comprised of tending to the timing belts, water pump, main engine seal, fuel filter, air filter, fluids, and a laundry list of maintenance items to make this Testarossa completely sound in every respect. Too much to write down, over 250 photos to share don’t miss this one.