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1989 Ferrari Testarossa Rosso Corsa (Red) Coupe 4.9 Liter/390hp

!! Mid Engine !!, Survivor with less than 10,000 miles
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Who else but Ferrari can make such a splash in the automotive world with each new model it releases. Such was the case—and perhaps the biggest splash yet—at the 1984 Paris Motor Show when the Italian carmaker debuted its radical Testarossa as a successor to the popular 512 BBi. The name means “red head” and was a throwback to the famed sports racing 250 Testa Rossa of the late 1950s. But the similarities stopped at the name.

The most recognizable features of the reborn Pininfarnina-styled Testarossa were the deep horizontal strakes that ran the length of both doors, feeding air into the side-mounted radiators. The world had never seen such a car, and it polarized those who saw it.

Power for the Testarossa came from a mid-mounted, 4.9-liter, 48-valve, flat-12, which produced 390 horsepower and 361 ft-lb of torque—enough to propel the car to 60 mph in just over five seconds and on to a top speed just shy of 180 mph. A five-speed gearbox put all that power to the rear wheels, and suspension was independent all around, with unequal-length upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, hydraulic shocks, and anti-roll bars. Big ventilated disc brakes completed the mechanical package.

Even at 3,700 pounds, the Testarossa was a nimble, forgiving machine, and the motoring press praised it for its road manners.

Not much changed on the Testarossa during its seven-year production. While originally fitted with only a two-stemmed driver’s side outside mirror mounted half way up the A-pillar, in 1987 it was moved to the A-pillar base and a passenger mirror was added. A passive restraint system was also added that year.

Like the Lamborghini Countach, the Testarossa embodies the flash of the 1980s, and it became something of a cultural phenomenon, most notably as the “co-star” of the “Miami Vice” television series, also starring on the poster-lined walls of millions of young men. To this day it remains a polarizing car, and unmistakable from almost any angle.

Ferrari’s replacement for its awe-inspiring Berlinetta Boxer 512 inspired a different sort of awe with its dramatic styling and world-beating performance. For 11 years the Testarossa ruled the road as the world’s fastest production car, a feat it achieved on the strength of its mid-mounted 4.9L flat-12 engine, which used innovative Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and four overhead cams to produce 390 HP and propel the car to a top speed of 180 MPH in fifth gear. Cloaked in beautiful Pininfarina-styled aluminum bodywork with Zincrox factory protection, the Testarossa’s performance was complemented with typical Ferrari style, most notably its pronounced side strakes feeding rear-mounted radiators and its extra-wide rear fenders to accommodate wide Goodyears on five-lug alloy wheels. The Testarossa also offered a refined driving experience, offering its occupants luxurious leather upholstery and air conditioning. Between 1984 and 1991 Testarossa production totalled just 7,177 cars; this Rosso Corsa 1989 Testarossa is one of approximately 1,126 produced that year. Part of a private Michigan collection since 2005, it was built by the factory for export to the Middle East market and was completed to European specifications. While the car retains its European-spec headlights, a third brake light and correct rear bumper were fitted to meet North American standards.

  • 5 Lug Wheels
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Added 3rd Brake Light
  • Added Rear Bumper
  • AM - FM Radio
  • Dual Outside Mirrors
  • European Headlights
  • Factory Air Conditioning
  • Fuel Injection
  • Leather Interior
  • Power Disc Brakes
  • Power Window Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Remote Mirror
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
Year: 1989
Make: Ferrari
Model: Testarossa
Doors: 2
Body Style: Coupe
Exterior Color: Rosso Corsa (Red)
Interior Color: Black
Mileage: 9,725
Engine: 4.9 Liter V-12
Horsepower: 390
Torque: 361
Carburetor: Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Condition: Survivor
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