|Cars - Ferrari|
|Odometer reading||13,000 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 4th December 2010 Car - 12/04/2010 / 1990 Ferrari Testarossa / Lot 32
Ferrari unveiled the new Testarossa at the 1984 Paris motor show which marked the end of production for the Boxer that had been the flagship 12 cylinder Ferrari model for the previous ten years. Styled by Pininfarina, the Testarossa paid homage to the great 50's sports racer that originally bore the name which translated is 'Red Head', the rockerbox covers being painted red. The mid engine, rear wheel drive configuration allowed the centre of gravity to be positioned in the middle of the car with weight distribution 40% front and 60% rear, thus achieving excellent cornering and road holding ability. The Testarossa was produced with 16'' 5 spoke 'Star' alloy wheels and disc brakes were fitted all round with 309mm discs at the front and 310mm at the rear. The Testarossa was larger than its Boxer predecessor, half a foot wider and an increased wheelbase to 2550mm, some 2.5 inches longer than the Boxer which allowed more leg room. The raised roof height in the cabin made driving more comfortable, especially for taller drivers. In addition the temperature inside the cockpit was reduced as twin radiators were mounted in the rear, unlike the Boxer where the single front mounted radiator had plumbing from the bonnet to the engine behind the seats which made the cabin very hot, especially on a warm day. The distinctive side vents were as useful as they were visually striking, allowing excellent engine ventilation and helped to give the car its unique styling. After lengthy long term storage, this fine example was professionally recommissioned to the tune of some £10,000 during 2010 to bring it to its current impeccable condition. There is a complete file of invoices to support these works included a full Service, cambelt replacement and four new tyres. The condition of these modern classics can be very inconsistent but this must surely be one of the finest examples currently available on the market. It is presented in the ultimate colour combination of Rosso Corsa with a light tan leather interior and has covered an exceptional low and genuine mileage of 13,981 miles, which must make it one of the more collectable examples.