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    1988 Ferrari Testarossa

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    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 27-31, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale, Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    Ferrari’s brand-new Testarossa, the star of the 1984 Paris Motor Show, shocked the world at its premiere. The Testarossa rivaled Lamborghini’s Countach both in terms of style and performance, and it became the poster-child for a generation. It was a dramatic departure from the 512 BBi that preceded it, as its styling was angular and aggressive, yet its design was just as functional as it was attractive, helping the new machine to become a world-beating supercar.

    Of course, the Testarossa not only offered a step forward in terms of styling, but Ferrari’s new supercar also improved on all aspects of the outgoing Berlinetta Boxer models. The engine produced 40 more horsepower than that of the 512 BBi, helping the Testarossa accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph. Its dramatic “cheese grater” side strakes that ran along the side of the car helped to channel air into the dual rear-mounted radiators, which kept both the engine and cabin from overheating.

    Ferrari’s engineers also took the time to upgrade the interior of the Testarossa to make it more spacious and comfortable over the outgoing 512 BBi. The car’s overall width grew by nearly half a foot, and the wheelbase grew by 2.5 inches, giving the Testarossa a more menacing stance on the road and also providing slightly more space for its occupants and their luggage.

    This particular Testarossa was produced for 1988 and was finished in the ever-desirable color combination of Rosso Corsa over Crema leather interior with very rare rosso carpet. The car, fresh as you would expect in such a low mile example, has been very well preserved overall and remains in wonderful collector condition, having traveled just 4,621 miles (7438 KM) from new. Also included in the sale are the car’s owner’s manual, tools, spare and key. In preparation for the auction, this Testarossa received an annual service, and the invoice for that work will be included in the car’s file.

    The Testarossa is without a doubt one of the most iconic cars produced in the 1980’s. It embodies the sheer excess and eccentricity of the decade and is instantly recognizable to many as one of Ferrari’s most dramatic creations. Well-preserved and well-maintained low-mileage examples have become increasingly difficult to find in recent years, and the availability of such a car on the market always causes a stir within enthusiast circles. This example, which features just 4,621 miles from new and comes from single ownership for nearly 20 years, simply checks all the boxes. It would be an ideal acquisition for a seasoned Ferrari collector.




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