An exceptional find by our team in Japan, this 1990 Testarossa is a US specification car that is California emissions compliant and will be titled and registered in California. We are in the process of importing it now and will do a full inspection on arrival in the US and take care of any required servicing at that time.
Preliminary information indicates that this is a one-owner car with remarkably low mileage - just under 7K miles. It appears to be in excellent overall condition, stock and all original, but may have been in storage for some time.
The body appears to be in excellent overall condition with bright, lustrous Ferrari red paintwork and all trim in order. The wheels are the desirable late model 5 bolt style mounted with Goodyear Eagle tires. The undercarriage is clean and rust free.
The sumptuous interior is in pristine condition, showing only minor stretching to the driver’s seat leather. The dash, instruments, carpets and interior trim appear in perfect order and the classic aluminum shift gate is an authentic Ferrari touch. Front compartment looks great with original carpeting in place. Plush headliner and overhead console look perfect.
The engine compartment shows no evidence of modification or items out of order.
Overall condition is 9 of 10 points and this is a very fine example of one of the most dramatic and exciting GT cars ever built.
We look forward to an update on all aspects after our team is able to evaluate the car in detail, in person in the next few weeks.
Ferrari Testarossa Background.
As the supercar era evolved, Ferrari was challenged by the daring and advanced GTs created by Lamborghini such as the Miura and Countach. Their first move in reaction was the 512 Berlinetta Boxer of the early 1980’s. The Boxer was an impressive car with unique styling and a potent mid mounted flat 12 cylinder engine, but the design had a number of flaws when considered as a road car. The Testarossa introduced in 1984 resolved these issues and featured even more dramatic and ultimately iconic styling. The long, low, graceful and purposeful GT coupe defined the exotic supercar category in style and substance through the end of the 1980’s.
The Testarossa is a two-door coupé that premiered at the 1984 Paris Auto Show. The Testarossa featured a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and a rear-mounted, five-speed manual transmission. This layout created a standing weight distribution of 40% front: 60% rear and provided a remarkable driving experience and excellent handling.
The Ferrari Testarossa (Type F110) went into production in 1984 as the successor to the Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. The Pininfarina-designed car was originally produced from 1984 to 1991. Just over 7,000 Testarossas were built over the seven year model run making it one of the most popular Ferrari models, despite its high price and exotic design. The price of the Testarossa in the US was $181,000 in 1989, including a $2,700 “gas-guzzler” tax. In today’s market examples can be found across a wide range of values from $100 - 200K.
The Testarossa name was originated with the the famed 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sports racing car. Testa Rossa, which literally means “red head” in Italian, refers to the red-painted cam covers sported by both cars’ 12-cylinder engines.
The Testarossa layout and engineering evolved from the faults of the 1981 512i BB. The Boxer design had a front mounted radiator with plumbing back to the mid-mounted engine which created excessive cockpit heat, and also offered a very cramped interior and little luggage space.
Pininfarina resolved these issues by making the Testarossa much larger, with an increased wheelbase and overall width, placing the radiators in the rear and improving interior and luggage space in the process. Headroom was increased with a roofline half an inch taller than the Boxer.
The rear mounted radiators led to the creation of the signature side intakes which vented in such a fashion as to provide rear downforce at speed and eliminate the need for a rear spoiler.
The Testarossa featured double wishbone front and rear suspension systems, providing outstanding grip and a reasonably smooth ride for a GT car. Ferrari improved traction by adding Distinctive 10-inch-wide alloy rear wheels, and the wide rear haunches were part of the dramatic stance. The entire drivetrain and rear suspension was designed to be removed as a unit from underneath the car so the engine could be serviced.
The Testarossa sports a 4.9 litre (4,943 cc or 301.6 cu in) Ferrari flat-12 engine with 4-valve cylinder heads, lubricated via a dry sump system, with a compression ratio of 9.20:1. Output is robust with a maximum torque of 361 ft·lb and a maximum power of 390 hp at 6300 rpm.
The Ferrari Testarossa claimed acceleration from 0–60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds and 0 to 100 mph in 11.40 seconds. Quarter mile time is quoted at 13.50 seconds. Maximum speed of the Testarossa is 180 mph.
The original rear suspension consisted of independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, twin telescopic shock absorbers on each side, and an anti-roll bar. The entire drivetrain and suspension was designed to be removed as a unit from underneath the car so the engine timing belts could be serviced.
Ferrari’s image as the ultimate flashmobile of the late 80’s was secured by many media appearances including being featured in the popular TV series Miami Vice for several seasons.
Production : 1984–1991 7,177 produced
Engine : 4.9 Liter F12 390 hp
Wheelbase : 100.4 in
Length : 176.6 in
Width : 77.8 in
Height : 44.5 in
Curb weight : 3,766 lb