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01428 606616

Ferrari : Testarossa-Left hand drive

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Price: £144,990

  • 1986
  • (58,750 Miles)
  • Red
  • Beige hide with Beige carpets
  • 5 Speed Manual
  • Flat 5.0 litre.Four overhead camshafts.
  • 180.1 mph
  • 421 BHP@6,750 rpm
  • L.4486mm W.1976 mm

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Ferrari

Vehicle Description

Delivered new by the Southern Swiss Ferrari agent Son Auto (Di Sais) of Lugano to Sgnr Ezio Facchini of Muralto before becoming part of a large Swiss collection.

Servicing has been carried out as follows;

2,000/2,500 km service 02-09-87 Garage Bianda SA
10,000 km service 12-05-00 Sonvico Autohaus SA
20,000 km service 23-05-17 SMDG 9,363kms *
* inc cam belts
MOT
24-05-17 9,392kms

History

Whenever great Ferraris are being discussed the name Testa Rossa is inevitably brought up. Exactly why Ferrari chose to use red paint on the cam covers of the new 2-litre 4-cylinder sports/racing Ferrari of 1956 and call the car the 500 "Testa Rossa" (literally, "red head") is not known. But the distinctive engine feature and the name was continued when, in late 1957, the 250 Testa Rossa, a 3-litre V-12, was introduced. The Testa Rossa provided some of Ferrari's greatest moments on the racetracks of the world. In a continuing homage to the past (the names Mondial and GTO had already been resurrected), it came as no surprise that Ferrari would recycle the name Testa Rossa.

The new Testarossa (why the name was now one word instead of two is another mystery) was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in October of 1984. Unlike its ancestral namesakes, it was not intended for racing, but rather for normal road use. But in its own way it was a very important model for Ferrari as, among other things, it took the legendary 12-cylinder Ferrari back to America on an official basis. It had been over ten years since Ferrari had last had a 12-cylinder car, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, available for sale on that side of the Atlantic.

At first observation the new Testarossa looked to be nothing more than a continuation of the Berlinetta Boxer series. Closer examination of the particulars, however, revealed that such was not the case.

There was no doubt that the styling of the Testarossa was a complete departure from the old BB aesthetics. Designed, of course, by Pininfarina, the Testarossa's shape relied heavily on aerodynamic considerations. One early observer of the shape made note of the fact that the shape was noticeably devoid of such aerodynamic devices as wings. "The whole car is a wing," he stated, which was verified by the CZ (negative lift) and CX (aerodynamic coefficient) numbers. Even the rear-view mirror's design was studied in the wind tunnel. Some of the stylistic features were also dictated by the revised layout of the chassis. For numerous reasons, such as better balance, cockpit comfort and increased luggage space the engine cooling radiators were moved from the front to the centre rear of the car. This in turn led to the distinctive finned air intakes on the flanks. But as with any car designed by Pininfarina, aesthetics were also a major consideration. As a result, the design of the new Testarossa was both pleasing and efficient.

Mechanically the car was also virtually brand new while retaining the basic architecture of the BB's - that is a flat-12 "boxer" motor of just under five litres mounted just ahead of the rear axle, and a typical Ferrari tubular chassis. But the motor had been significantly improved. First of all, it was some 20-kg (45 pounds) lighter. Secondly, it produced significantly more horsepower (up from 340 to 390 in European specification, 380 for the U.S.A) and more torque than before.

Much of this improvement could be attributed to the adaptation of the four valves per cylinder technology derived from the Formula One engines and introduced in 1982 on the 308 Quattrovalvole. Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection and Microplex type ignition completed the package. Not only was the engine more powerful, it was also more fuel efficient and as a result also cleaner, making it easier to bring into compliance with U.S.A regulations.

Interior comfort was likewise enhanced. Moving the radiators to the rear helped keep the cockpit cooler and allowed for a front air vent. The interior was in full Connolly leather, the seat backs were infinitely adjustable, and the steering wheel was now also adjustable. The dash layout was redesigned with only the main instruments being located in front of the driver. The odometer, fuel indicator and oil temperature gauges, along with the clock, were located on the upper console, while the lower console contained the various control switches and knobs. Of course, all amenities such as air conditioning, power windows, etc. were standard.

An increase in wheelbase, from 2500mm to 2550mm, was required by moving the water and oil tanks from the front to the centre rear and relocating the petrol tank to between the engine and the cockpit. This, of course, further improved the balance of the car.

The suspension was "near race-quality" with tubular steel double wishbones, helical springs, telescopic shock absorbers and stabiliser bars front and rear. The disc brakes were 12 inches in diameter (but no ABS). The five-spoke centre-lock 16" alloy wheels (ignoring the metric wheels for Michelin TRX tyres) were 8" and 10" wide front and rear. The rack and pinion steering was not power assisted. Finally, the five-speed plus reverse gearbox with limited slip differential had a hydraulically operated clutch whose diameter was increased from 81/2" to 91/2".

The Testarossa proved to be very popular, helped by its impressive performance - the factory figures of 178 mph top speed and 0-60mph time of 5.7 seconds were easily confirmed by magazine road testers who likewise praised the car's driveability. In fact, it is hard to find any negative comments. The most common concerns were the size (it was quite wide) and the typical Ferrari anachronisms.

It became the all-time best-selling Ferrari model during its seven full years of production with 7,183 units made (some sources place the figure as high as 7,589). Of these just under 2,000 were made for the North American market. The production run, from October 1984 until the end of 1991, happened to coincide with the great boom in the Ferrari market. Although detail improvements were constantly being made throughout the production run of the Testarossa, only two really noticeable changes took place during the seven years. In late 1986 the single, high-mounted, rear-view mirror gave way to new, low-mounted, dual mirrors which, in turn, required a rearrangement of the console controls.

According to a factory technical bulletin, the last of the single mirror cars was S/No.67077 and the first of the dual mirror cars was S/No.67079. Then, in early 1988, the centre-lock wheels were replaced by five-bolt wheels. Again, according to factory technical bulletins, the first Testarossa’s to receive the new five-bolt wheels were S/No.75997 (RHD), S/No.75998 (USA) and S/No.76004 (LHD European).

EXTERIOR COLOURS LEATHER COLOURS
Bianco White Crema VM3997 Cream
Giallo Yellow Beige VM3234 Beige
Rosso Corsa Racing Red Naturale VM3218 Natural
Nero Black Cuoio VM 846 Saddle
Argento met. Silver metallic Testa di moro VM890 Dark Brown
Verde tenue met. Clear green met Bianco VM 100 White
Verde chiaro met. Light green met. Rosso VM 3171 Red
Verde scuro met. Dark green met. Nero VM 8500 Black
Marrone met. Brown met. Blu VM 3282 Blue
Prugna met. Prune met. Blue nuvola VM 3015 Light blue
Oro chiaro met. Light gold met.
Rosso met. Red met.
Grigio fumo met. Smoke grey met. CARPET COLOURS
Nero met. Black met. Nero Black
Blu chiaro met. Light blue met. Rosso Red
Blu sera met. Evening blue met. Testa di moro Dark Brown
Azzurro met. Sky blue met. Blu Blue
Blu medio met. Medium blue met. Castoro Beaver

Taken from Ferrari Market Letter Vol.20 No.24

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