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It is difficult to overstate the impact made by the Ferrari Testarossa at its Paris debut in October 1984. A bold statement in every respect, from its name recalling Modena’s all-conquering sports racers of the late 1950s to its Pininfarina styling replete with swooping strakes along it flanks channeling airflow into massive radiators at the rear, the Testarossa was an instant icon. Then again, only a statement like the Testarossa could succeed the Berlinetta Boxer, another Pininfarina design introduced in 1973.
While often compared to Lamborghini’s various Countach derivatives of the era, the Testarossa was a much newer and more advanced design throughout. In addition to its muscular bodywork that declared its purity of purpose, Ferrari’s new supercar earned praise for its remarkable drivability and passenger comfort. In fact, in a recent classic-car buyer’s guide, the UK’s Octane editors aptly described the Testarossa as “a remarkably user-friendly supercar,” one capable of “mighty performance delivered in a smooth manner by a sweet and free-revving flat-12.”
Sired directly from Ferrari’s 312 T Grand Prix racing engine design dating back to 1975, the Testarossa’s mid-mounted 4.9-liter engine featured Bosch K-Jetronic electronic fuel injection and four valves per cylinder, delivering 390 horsepower and making the Testarossa the world’s most powerful sports car at introduction. While demanding few compromises from its occupants, the Testarossa continues to deliver blistering performance – even by today’s standards – with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in just over 5.0 seconds, the ¼-mile in 12.9 seconds, and top speeds approaching 180 mph. In fact, the Testarossa was the world’s fastest production car throughout its 11-year production run ending in 1995.
The Testarossa’s handling is equally brilliant, with skidpad performance of 0.90 G. Based upon a race-bred and rigid tubular frame with fully independent suspension including front and rear anti-roll bars, the Testarossa’s underpinnings included precise rack-and-pinion steering and large four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Blessed with truly great road feel and Ferrari’s classic gated shift lever controlling the 5-speed manual gearbox, the Testarossa seamlessly blends the classic and modern Ferrari generations and continues to deliver an exceptional drive today. With under 12,000 miles and iconic Ferrari colors, this 1988 Testarossa remains a benchmark modern ‘Supercar’ and a true 1980s icon that continues to stand and defy the test of time with a great driving experience, incredible Pininfarina styling, and immense performance. As offered, it standing ready to deliver an incredible drive with an amazing soundtrack emanating from its race-bred, mid-mounted ‘flat-12’ engine.
With under 12,000 miles and a recent engine out service, this 1988 Ferrari Testarossa remains a benchmark modern ‘Supercar’ and a true 1980s icon that continues to stand and defy the test of time with a great driving experience, incredible Pininfarina styling, and immense performance. As offered, it’s standing ready to deliver an incredible drive with an amazing soundtrack emanating from its race-bred, mid-mounted ‘flat-12’ engine and comes with all books, tools, records and window sticker.