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1986 Ferrari Testarossa


The Pininfarina-designed Ferrari Testarossa set new standards for supercar styling
The Pininfarina-designed Ferrari Testarossa set new standards for supercar styling

In the spirit of the upcoming Monterey Car Week, I thought I would step it up a bit with the Pick of the Day and present a red one from Maranello, Italy: an early 1986 Ferrari Testarossa.

When it was introduced in 1984, the V12-powered Testarossa was an immediate sensation. This was the new “IT” car that took the world by storm with outrageous Pininfarina styling and a then-earth-shattering top speed of 189 mph. The car was featured on the cover of Road & Track magazine nine times in just five years, making for what has to be a record.

The Testarossa had a top speed rated at 189 mph
The Testarossa had a top speed rated at 189 mph

The Testarossa featured here is apparently a very clean and low-mileage single-outrigger-mirror model, which to me is the Testarossa to buy. According to the Lutz, Florida, dealer’s description on ClassicCars.com, this is a two-owner car that has covered just 14,000 miles since new. That is a very low number for these cars as they are great drivers and many have clocked serious mileage, something this car has been spared.

Happily, service was not spared on this pristine-looking car, the seller states, adding that this Testarossa has received a recent major service which included all belts, fluids and a new clutch master cylinder.

The Ferrari still wears its center-lock TRX alloy wheels, rare since most of these cars have long since had their original wheels replaced. That raises this car above the level of the normal Testarossa for sale. The seller also notes that this Testarossa includes all of its books, service history, tools, jack, even its factory-ordered Schedoni custom luggage set, which fits in the trunk and behind the seats.

Custom luggage fits behind the seats and in the trunk
Custom luggage fits behind the seats and in the trunk

The Testarossa was the car that adorned the walls of just about every car-crazy teenager in the 1980s and ’90s; I had one on my own wall back then. These iconic cars fell out of favor in the early 2000s, but those teenagers are now adults, many with the disposable income to realize their childhood dreams, and the ’80s Testarossa have experienced a sort of renaissance over the past 2-3 years, with rising prices to meet the increased demand.

I have driven quite a few of these cars, and I have to say that the Testarossa is the first modern-driving car that Ferrari produced, offering great build quality, fit and finish, and such niceties as a climate-control system that actually works.

When you combine all of that with a car that offers dramatic in-your-face styling and tremendous performance levels, even when compared with modern supercars, you have a winner.

If you have always had your heart set on one of these fabulous Ferraris, the time to buy one is soon, as prices are unlikely to ever come back down but could still rise with demand. This stunning example is offered for $164,995, which is very much market correct.

To stay in the 1980s period, Ferris Bueller said it best about vintage Ferraris: “If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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