Lot 66
1985 Ferrari Testarossa


Body by Pininfarina


• Limited “flying mirror” model
• Retains original owner’s manual in leather bound cover
• Original, factory-issued tools included

Addendum: NOTE: This car does not have original knockoffs as previously stated, but rather period-correct aftermarket knockoffs.

4.9-litre, 48-valve, flat 12-cylinder engine, double wishbone front and rear suspension, five-speed gearbox, ventilated disc brakes

Among the most iconic sportscars of the 1980s, the Ferrari Testarossa Coupe is unmistakable with its wide, sleek body and definitive side strakes that span from doors to fenders. When it premiered at the 1984 Paris Auto Show, everyone in the place knew it would set the styling standard for a generation. It remains the best-selling 12-cylinder Ferrari of all time. It has become much more than the embodiment of an era; it has evolved into a timeless classic that’s as desirable today as the moment it rolled off the factory floor.

Striking as the Testarossa was, the Pininfarina design team never exchanged style for substance. The now-legendary side strakes were a solution to an American law that forbid open side intakes where the twin, side radiators were mounted; in the end, an inimitable design feature was born. The strakes also made for a cooler cabin as well as a wider rear end, which increased handling and stability. The mid-engine design further increased the stability, weight distribution and cornering. The 4.9-litre, flat 12-cylinder engine delivers 385 horsepower, 361 ft-lbs of torque and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 180 mph, making for a lithe, swift sportscar that’s as alluring at valet as it is on the long, open road.

This particular 1985 Ferrari Testarossa is quite limited when compared with the entirety of first-generation late modelTestarossas for a number of reasons. First, it retains the original, “flying mirror,” design, which places a single driver-view mirror high on the door frame; this unique styling decision was quickly changed to double low mirrors and quite few of the flying mirror models were produced. Second, this car has the original “knockoff” wheels that only came with the 1985 model, featuring magnesium, single bolt hubs. With meticulous care from the last owner over the past 18 years, the car is believed to be only a two-owner car. It comes with original owner’s manual in a leather-bound folder and retains its original, factory-issued tools. Dressed in exquisite Russo Red paint with rich, black leather interior, this 1985 Ferrari Testarossa is astriking, textbook example of the exotic icon.

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