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1986 Ferrari Testarossa


Selling on Saturday Evening

Body by Pininfarina


• Rare, early production “flying mirror” model
• Matching-numbers example with Ferrari Classiche certification
• An all-original car, well-maintained and road-ready
• Retains original owner's manual, tool roll, ownership and service history


1986 Ferrari Testarossa Classiche Certification.pdf
Dealership Papers_1.pdf
Dealership Papers_2.pdf

5.0-litre, 12-cylinder engine, double wishbone front and rear suspension, five-speed gearbox, Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection with Lambda Control, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes; wheelbase: 100.4”

An iconography of the 1980s, the Ferrari Testarossa is as quintessential as the MTV logo. Hands-down, the most alluring example of wedge design in automobile history, the Testarossa’s striking side strakes, spanning over half the glorious, angular body, pull at heartstrings as it draws the eye. Painfully few automobiles capture the energetic verve and stylistic swagger of the ‘80s in such a visceral way. Add to that, this evocative look has evolved into a timeless classic that’s just as fresh as the day it rolled off the Maranello floor. But it wasn’t simply aesthetics that earned Testarossa the reigning title as Ferrari’s best-selling 12-cylinder Ferrari of all time. The 5.0-litre, 12-cylinder engine delivered 385 horsepower, 361 lbs-feet of torque, 180 miles-per-hour and could nail 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds.

When the “redhead” was unveiled on the eve of 1984’s Paris Motor Show at the Lido Nightclub, no one had eyes for anyone else. Soon, every teenage boy had the Testarossa plastered on his wall and every aspiring celebrity or mogul strived to be seen in one. The red vixen encapsulates the decade at the apex of its style, but the Pininfarina design team never exchanged style for substance. The iconic egg-slicer strakes were actually a solution to an American law that forbid open side intakes where the twin, side radiators were mounted; in the end, function became an aesthetic masterpiece. The strakes also made for a cooler cabin as well as a wider rear end, which increased handling and stability along with the mid-engine placement. The front and rear independent suspension with unequal-length wishbones ensured a ride that cornered on rails while the four-wheel ventilated disc brakes ensured the fire-breathing beauty could stop on a dime and look amazing doing it.

One aesthetic choice that was only implemented for a single year in early production is the rare “flying mirror,” which found the driver’s side mirror posted high on the A-pillar. Today, these models are highly desirable and all the more collectible for their scarcity. Delivered new by Steven Kessler Motor Cars of New York City for $103,470, this “flying mirror” 1986 Ferrari Testarossa is equipped with the 5.0-litre, flat-12-cylinder engine (No. 00415), a five-speed gearbox and transmission with an oil pump, a fuel feedback system, limited slip differential, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes and Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection with Lambda Control, Marelli microplex ignition as well as 225/50 VR 16 and 255/50 VR 16 tires mounted on alloy wheels. The odometer was replaced during a full servicing in 2015 when the odometer reading was approximately 19,250; the odometer currently reads 3,515 miles so the correct mileage is actually closer to 23,000. Inside the cockpit, the car boasts power windows and power locks, tinted rear windows, a quartz clock, classic beige Connolly leather and matching floor mats adorned with the iconic prancing horse logo.

This matching-numbers Testarossa is among the most original flying mirror examples extant. A participant in the 2015 St. John’s Concours d’ Elegance, this stunning Ferrari carries with it confirmation of the originality of the drivetrain and components with its Ferrari Classiche Certification. Included in the sale is the original tool roll, owner’s manual, ownership history as well as extensive service documentation. Chassis 0066067 has been well-cared for and eagerly awaits opportunities for spirited driving. Robed in the classic color scheme of Rosso Corsa Red with Beige Connolly leather interior and brown dash trim, this car captures the iconic ideal of the long celebrated Ferrari Testarossa.

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