Produced from 1984 to 1991, the Ferrari Testarossa may have never participated in a racing event, but its frequent appearances in popular culture artifacts such as Miami Vice and ownership by big-name celebrities including Jordan Belfort, Mike Tyson, and Elton John established the Testarossa as a symbol of the 1980s era.
Originally debuting at the 1984 Paris Auto show, the Testarossa would eventually see 7,177 models produced. The cars name comes from the 250 Testa Rossa racing sports car that won the World Sportscar Championship in 1957. Testarossa means red head, which is a reference to the red-painted cam covers on its 12-cylinder engine.
The Testarossas calling card feature is the side strakes that run along either side of the vehicle. Although originally placed there to conform to rules in several countries outlawing large openings on cars, these strakes are undeniably the Testarossas most stylistic element. While the Ferrari Testarossa might not be capable of transporting drivers back to the future like Marty McFlys flux capacitor fitted DMC Delorean, it does a great impression of teleporting you back to the past.
This chassis number 077325 has a naturally aspirated 4.9 L longitudinally-mounted Tipo F113 flat-12 engine located in the rear midsection of the car to improve stability and cornering. The Testarossa is the last Ferrari model to contain a flat-12. Its also controlled with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The exterior of the car is ornamented with Ferrari Scuderia shields. Its wheels feature Ferraris standard 5-bolt pattern, a change from the single bolt setup of earlier models. Ferrari tire caps make the wheels pop in a way incomparable to later Ferrari models. Whats more, the Rossa Corsa red paint on the outside complements the 077325s tan interior quite nicely; its easy to see why its the most highly desired color combination among collectors.
Speaking of the interior, the cars now extinct sliding seat belts and well-maintained Ferrari floor mats provide a distinctly retro feel.
The 077325 may be outdated as far as speed is concerned, but it carries a swagger that modern models struggle to recreate.
Specs: Naturally aspirated 4.9 L Tipo F113 flat-12 engine, 5-speed manual transmission, Ferrari Scuderia shields, 5-bolt pattern wheels, Ferrari tire caps, Independent, unequal-length double wishbones, Coil springs, Twin telescopic shock absorbers, Twin side radiators, Wider rear-wheel track.
Location: Spring, Texas, United States
See listing: 1988 Ferrari Testarossa Manual Rosso Corsa (from November 4, 2020)