Ferrari Testarossa 1988 Oro Chiaro Metallizzato

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This is a rare color 1988 Testarossa with 4,295 miles!
Exterior: Oro Chiaro Metallizzato
Interior: Nero Black


Price: $195,000

Seller: International Auto Group (Dealer)

2016 Cavallino Classic 1st Class Winner and recent Ferrari Classiche Certification


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This is a very rare color for the Testarossa model.  It is an interesting color and no doubt you will ever bump into another one anytime soon.   This is definitely a collector quality example that has been babied since you.  The paint and nero black interior look almost perfect.  No wonder it took 1st place at Cavallino.    It has its leather tool kit and has the spare tire as well.   It doesnt have the sticky plastic issue like so many testarossas that I have seen.  I’m sure its been redone and looks like it just came out of the Maranello.   No indication of an engine out full service.   Service records are a must for a car with such low miles.

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1988.5 Ferrari Testarossa: Cavallino Platinum Award Winner Ferrari Classiche Certified Oro Chiaro Metallizzato over Nero Leather. 4,274 Original, time capsule miles. Preserved like no other Testarossa we’ve ever seen, this car is so fresh, we were the first to ever remove the factory cosmoline from the suspension and lower engine bay. We found factory stamps and hash marks we’ve never seen in the past. Best of all, it includes a fresh belt service, clutch, and 4 rebuilt and re-anodized brake calipers.

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The Testarossa can trace its roots back to the faults of the 1981 512i BB. The problems that the Testarossa was conceived to fix, included a cabin that got increasingly hot from the indoor plumbing that ran between the front-mounted radiator and the midships-mounted engine and a lack of luggage space. To fix these problems Ferrari and Pininfarina designed the Testarossa to be larger than its predecessor, the Berlinetta Boxer. For instance, at 78 inches wide the Testarossa was half a foot wider than the Boxer. This resulted in an increased wheelbase that stretched about 2.5 inches to 100 inches which was used to accommodate luggage in a carpeted storage space under the front forward-opening hood. The increase in length created extra storage space behind the seats in the cabin. Headroom was also increased with a roofline half an inch taller than the Boxer.

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The design came from Pininfarina. The design team at Pininfarina consisted of Ian Cameron, Guido Campoli, Diego Ottina and Emanuele Nicosia. With little surprise, they were led by design chief Leonardo Fioravanti, the designer of many contemporary Ferraris. The design was originated by Nicosia, but the guidance of Fioravanti was equally important. Being a trained aerodynamist, Fioravanti applied his know-how to set the aerodynamics layout of the car. This meant the large side intakes were not only a statement of style, but actually functional – they drew clean air to cool the side radiators and then went upward and left the car through the ventilation holes located at the engine lid and the tail. As a result, the Testarossa did not need a rear spoiler like Lamborghini’s Countach yet produced zero lift at its rear axle. The aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.36 was also significantly better than the Lamborghini’s 0.42.

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Like its predecessor, the Testarossa used double wishbone front and rear suspension systems. Ferrari improved traction by adding 10-inch-wide alloy rear wheels. The Testarossa Drivetrain was also an evolution of the BB 512i. Its engine used near identical displacement and compression ratio, but unlike the BB 512i had four-valve cylinder heads that were finished in red!

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