1988 Ferrari Testarossa
At the Paris Motor Show in October 1984, Ferrari publicly unveiled their second generation flat 12 supercar: the Testarossa.
Presented here in the signature Rosso Corsa with Crema interior, it was intended to be a faster, better handling, more spacious and more luxurious car than the BB, the Testarossa succeeded on every level. Its styling was also emblematic of the era, which led to many appearances on the big screen, TV and in video games.
The Testarossa’s outlandish intake ducts filled with multiple vanes gave the car an iconic and unmistakable profile.
Its most recognisable features were the banks of slatted cooling scoops down each flank. Pininfarina was typically more reserved than Lamborghini stylists, Bertone, but the Testarossa’s outlandish intake ducts filled with multiple vanes gave the car an iconic and unmistakable profile, while providing cool air to the side-mounted radiators.
The slatted theme continued on the tail fascia where a full-width black grille was installed partially obscuring the lights. Pininfarina dropped the traditional circular tail lenses that had so long been a Ferrari fixture. They were replaced with modern rectangular clusters.
Pop-up headlights were retained at the front and the supplementary lenses were now mounted in the nose fascia alongside a black egg crate grille.
The chin spoiler and side sills were finished in matte black to lend the car a more slender profile, however, during the production run and thereafter, many opted for these being painted body colour as per this example at a time when colour-coded parts rather than black meant premium or modern.
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1986, Ferrari unveiled an updated variant. Twin mirrors were fitted at the base of each A-pillar and the wheels were changed to imperial instead of metric dimensions.
June 1988 saw the single-nut wheels replaced by a new five-bolt design. These were manufactured by both OZ and Speedline and led to a slightly wider track (2mm extra at the front and 17mm at the rear).
Soon afterwards, some very subtle updates were made to the seats and mirrors. This June 1988 example - presented in iconic Rosso Corsa with Swiss-market option Crema and Bordeaux interior - was one of the first updated cars delivered to mainland Europe. The car also features its complete Ferrari toolkit - a rare and sought-after in-period option.
The car has also been subject to light recommissioning work including removing the engine for a major service and cambelt change, plus body detail and interior repairs. This is documented and photographed within its own bespoke history folder.
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