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It is hard to overstate the impact made by the Testarossa at its October 1984 Paris debut. A bold statement in every respect, from its Testarossa name recalling Modena’s all-conquering 250 Testa Rossa Red Head sports racers of the late 1950s to its instantly iconic Pininfarina styling replete with swooping strakes along it flanks channeling airflow into massive radiators at the rear fenders, the Testarossa was an instant icon. Then again, only the Testarossa could possibly succeed the Berlinetta Boxer, another legendary Ferrari/Pininfarina design collaboration introduced in 1973. While often compared to Lamborghini’s Countach, the Testarossa was actually a newer and more advanced basic design.
In addition, muscular bodywork that declared its purpose, Ferrari’s newest 12-cylinder supercar generated strong praise for its remarkable drivability and startling comfort. Sired directly from Ferrari’s 312 T Grand Prix racing engine 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 bhp to make the Testarossa the world’s most powerful sports car at introduction. While demanding surprisingly 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 quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds, and a top end nearing 180 mph. In fact, the Testarossa reigned as 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 tested at 0.90 G lateral acceleration.
Based upon a race-bred and rigid tubular frame with fully independent suspension including front and rear anti-roll bars, the Testarossa’s rear subframe was removable, easing the burden of regular maintenance and servicing. Underpinnings included precise rack-and-pinion steering gear and a set of 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. Of course, no discussion of the Testarossa is complete without mention of a certain white Ferrari’s prominent – or more correctly starring – role chasing down the bad guys with Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in the hugely successful TV series, Miami Vice.
This exquisite 1991 Ferrari Testarossa in Rosso Corsa Red over beige continues to epitomize the Ferrari name. Fastidious maintenance over the years has left this Testarossa in pristine condition and the driving experience is nothing short of breathtaking. A Ferrari enthusiast’s must have, this Testarossa features an exterior and interior remaining in excellent condition and it clearly benefits from proper maintenance and service. A comprehensive receipt file folder is on file and will be included with purchase and transferred to the new owner. Significant receipts detail major service including; Engine Out by Ferrari of Newport Beach 7.24.16 at 46587 miles. Complete Clutch replacement by Ferrari of Newport Beach 5.18.16, and documents for Tubi Exhaust and Michelin Pilot Tires. Fastidious recorded maintenance for over a decade includes notable service facilities of: Factory Ferrari