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1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA

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This Ferrari Testarossa is a highly original example of the iconic 1980s supercar, finished in a rare factory colour, and benefiting from a full repaint 10 years ago. It is powered by the 385bhp 4.9-litre naturally aspirated flat-12, coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. The odometer shows just 28,884 miles from new.

Originally delivered to the UK, and first registered on 12 October 1988, this Testarossa had three previous keepers there, during which time it was registered as both ‘7 LC’ and also ‘F706 TLY’. It was later exported to Australia, where it has been with its current owner for the last 21 years.

Its bodywork and paint are described as being in excellent condition, with the vendor reporting no evidence of any prior damage or repairs. Furthermore, its rare ‘Nero FER 1240’ paint finish was fully repainted in August 2010 to refresh its cosmetic appearance, and it remains looking superb today. The paintwork was ceramic coated, and the front bumper was also given an application of paint protection film. The front and rear light lenses are all in good order, and the pop-up headlamp pods work as they should. It rides on the original 16-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, which have been refurbished and are now pristine.

Inside, the car retains its original black leather upholstery, which remains in very good condition for its age. There is some minor surface wear on the driver’s seat base bolster, where it has been grazed by the handbrake grip over the years, and otherwise just has some modest creasing from low mileage use. Its black carpets and floor mats are in good order, and the steering wheel and gear knob are both original with a light patina.

The radio cover panel has some slight shrinkage on the leather seam, and the Kenwood speaker covers have some wear from scuffs getting in and out of the car. It is equipped with a Kenwood radio cassette head unit and Kenwood 10-disc CD changer in the front boot, and all the vendor reports that all switchgear and electrics work correctly. The only foible noted is that the pneumatic struts for the front luggage compartment would benefit from replacement.

The last scheduled maintenance was in July 2019 at 28,256 miles, with a full engine service and camshaft timing belt replacement at Ferrari specialist Racing Red in Sydney. Prior to this, it was also serviced in September 2016, which was another major cambelt service, also at Racing Red. During the vendor’s ownership, the radiators have been renewed, as well as a fusebox motherboard. The brake callipers have also been refurbished, and it has received regular services, attention to the air-conditioning, and oil changes through the last 21 years.

Its last roadworthiness inspection was carried out on 30 September 2020, and the vendor reports that there were no warnings or alerts about the car’s condition. The BFGoodrich tyres were fitted around one year ago, and remain in virtually as-new condition with plenty of tread.

Accompanying the car is the original leather book pouch, housing the owner’s manual, stamped maintenance record, and service directory, plus a good history file of paperwork. There is also a tool roll, and a space-saver spare wheel.

This Ferrari Testarossa is one of the definitive ‘poster cars’, which boasts a rare factory colour and low mileage, and presents in very good condition. A head-turning 1980s supercar, this Testarossa would make a superb addition to any Ferrari collection, and is ready to thrill its next enthusiast owner with an addicting analogue driving experience.

The description of this auction lot is, to the best of the seller's knowledge, accurate and not misleading. Collecting Cars requests a range of detail about the lot from the seller, and performs a level of due diligence. However, bidders must satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of the description, and conduct any research they feel is necessary before committing to a bid. Please see our Terms and Conditions for full details.

This vehicle’s VIN has been checked against the Australian Personal Property Securities Register, and there is no security interest or other registration kind logged against the serial number. This vehicle has been checked through the Austroads NEVDIS system, and there are no markers under the written-off or stolen databases.


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