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1989 Ferrari Testarossa
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $150,000 - $175,000
• Just 4,001 miles from new; factory ‘Nero’ black
• Full engine-out service performed in 2017
• Known history with just three owners from new
• Instantly recognizable icon from the era

4,943 cc DOHC horizontally opposed 12-cylinder engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection rated at 380 HP, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones and coil springs, telescopic dampers, four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 100.4”

The Ferrari brand name is certainly the most recognized marque in the competitive world of performance sports cars. Quite simply, Ferrari has never made an SUV or a sedan, and their brand has always been synonymous with speed and Grand Touring. Indeed, competition has always been at the very heart of Ferrari’s heritage, as the company got its start by building nothing but racecars. Their success on the track soon spilled over onto the street and, in just a few years, owning a Ferrari became a matter of celebrity status. Through building great cars like the 250 Europa, the 500 Superfast, and the 365 Daytona, Ferrari firmly established itself as the world leader in exclusive high-performance cars. Ferrari still builds the best with the 812 Superfast and the LaFerrari holding the mantel as some of the fastest cars in the world. In 1984, Ferrari introduced the Testarossa at the Paris Auto Show. Power came from a mid-engine layout coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox. Styling was by Pininfarina, who was no stranger to the art of Italian car design. Everything about the Testarossa was smooth and elegant with the nose and the windshield raked almost at the same angle. Large air vents up the sides and the rear were low and menacing with a lateral black trim piece across the entire width of the car. The heartbeat of the Testarossa was the 4.9-litre version of Ferrari's flat-12, which was effectively a 180-degree V-12. This magnificent engine produced an astounding 390 horsepower that enabled the Testarossa to propel itself from 0–60 in just 5.2 seconds. Clearly, the Testarossa was a car that missed nothing in Ferrari’s quest to build the fastest and best handling cars.

A chapter in Ferrari's stellar history is nicely demonstrated in this 1989 Testarossa that’s finished in classic ‘Nero’ black. This is one of the lowest mileage examples around as it’s been driven a mere 4,001 miles from new. Records indicate it was purchased new on June 30, 1989 by attorney Mr. Henry Bushkin, who counted Johnny Carson among his clientele. He took delivery of his new Testarossa in Modena and then used it to tour Europe for the next six months. In fact, this Ferrari had its first service performed in Torino in July of 1989. It was then shipped to the United States arriving with just 1,930 miles where it was sold to Mr. George Marnell who drove it only sparingly for the next ten years before placing it into climate controlled storage. It re-emerged in August of 2017 and was treated to a complete $17,000 engine-out service from a Ferrari master technician. In the present day, this Testarossa is perfectly preserved and looks new. So preserved is this car that it still sits on the very tires with which it left the factory. Power for this Ferrari comes from a 4,943-cc dual overhead cam horizontally opposed 12-cylinder engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection rated at 380 horsepower and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The interior of this Ferrari is something that must be seen to be believed, as the floors are still wrapped in clear plastic. Indeed, the entire cockpit area appears new and unused. Other amenities on this Ferrari include a leather steering wheel, AM/FM stereo, factory air-conditioning, climate control, power windows, fuel injection, power disc brakes, all service records, original manuals, and bucket seats. This fine example is also a numbers-matching car.

The Ferrari name has always implied speed and competition, and this beautiful example is a fine tribute to the Ferrari heritage. No longer simply an emerging classic, the Testarossa of this era is now a staple of modern sports car collections. With its rare color, extremely low miles and impressive condition, this car stands at the top of its class in all respects.

1989 Ferrari Testarossa
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