1988 Ferrari Testarossa


Oldtimer Australia is delighted to announce the sale this 1988 Ferrari Testarossa.

The VIN number confirms this particular example is a model year 1988 North American market car.

The car’s American history is not known, other than it resided in the US state of. There is a Georgia Certificate of Title on file which was issued on 20th October 2009. At that time the odometer read 22,765 miles. The title also notes that the previous title was issued in the state of Arizona.

The car was sold to its first Melbourne based Australian owner on 10th February 2011 who subsequently imported the car in Australia. At that time the odometer read 24,654 miles. There is an Import Approval on file dated 10th February 2011. The car was imported into Australia under the Pre-89 import option.

The current owner acquired the car on the 23rd February 2015. In his ownership the car has been regularly serviced by GTB Classics in Mitchell, ACT. Soon after acquiring the car it was serviced and at that time the odometer was noted as 28,898 miles. The most recent service was performed on 8th April 2023 and at that time the odometer read 33,798 miles.

Today the odometer reads 33,886 miles and everything about this car suggests that to be original.

The Ferrari Testarossa is one of the most iconic poster cars from the 1980’s. Whilst a large percentage of Testarossas were delivered in red, they are a car that carries colour very well. Perhaps the second most popular colour was black and as you will see from the photos this black Testarossa looks absolutely stunning.

Black can be a difficult colour to maintain on a car, particularly as it ages. On this car, which is incredibly now 35 years old, the paint is in really good condition retaining strong depth of colour and nice gloss throughout. On closer inspection there is the odd small stone chip or blemish in the paint, consistent with a car that has travelled c34,000 miles rather than one that is 35 years old. There is a chip on the lower edge of the front spoiler. All the external trim on the car is in really good condition. All the lenses are clean and clear with no cracks evident. The glass is equally in a very good condition with no chips, cracks or signs of delamination.

This car is fitted with upgraded Brembo brakes, which require aftermarket wheels due to their size. The wheels are shod with Pirelli P Zero tyres – 225/40 ZR18 front and 295/35 ZR18 rear. The tyres are in good condition, but should probably be replaced based on their age.

Open the door and you are welcomed by a very good looking interior. The brown and tan interior is just ‘so eighties’ and it complements the black exterior perfectly. The seats are comfortable and provide ample support. The leather is in generally good condition and still feels soft. There are no rips or tears in the leather but the bolster of the driver’s seat is showing some light wear. The Testarossa has wide sills and as a result the trim on either side of the seats is easily rubbed or kicked when getting in and out of the car. There are a few marks noted here, particularly on the hand brake surround which is located between the seat and the door. A leather doctor could easily improve these few blemishes. The carpets are in excellent condition.

The dashboard is a weak point on a Ferrari Testrarossa. Fortunately, on this car it is in excellent condition and there are no cracks. The leather is uniform with no wrinkles or discoloration caused by the sun. The instruments are crisp and clear and they all are in good working order, though we did notice on our test drive that the tacho may not be accurate. The car is fitted with a later radio/CD player.

Being a North American market car it is fitted with the rather cool motorised retractable seat belts which move along the door frame and are self-tensioning.

Under the front clip everything is clean and tidy. The same can be said for the engine bay, which presents very well. There is no spare wheel as the traditional space saver spare will not fit given the upgraded brakes fitted to this car.

We are intrigued to try out the quirky seat belts.  Once you are seated and close the door the mechanism returns the belt across your shoulder and you are strapped in. There is also a separate lap belt. The driving position is very comfortable and accommodating. Once acclimatised it is time to fire up 4.9 litre 12 cylinder engine. It starts pretty much at the first turn of the key and almost immediately settles into a smooth idle with a mellow but throaty growl. After waiting impatiently for the engine to warm up it is then time to select first gear and take the car out on the road. First impressions are really good. The car just feels right and despite the Testarossa being a big car it feels surprisingly compact when you drive it. The visibility is surprisingly very good.

You very quickly get comfortable driving this car. The 12 cylinders beating just behind your head are surprisingly quiet as your crawl through traffic. The car is incredibly refined and well mannered. Like with all Ferraris from the 1970’s and 1980’s, the gearbox needs a little bit of time to warm up but then the gear changes are very smooth and precise.

The traffic suddenly disperses and you turn onto a quiet B road and are quickly reminded that you are behind the wheel of a supercar. Make no mistake the Testasrossa is a beast when driven hard. This car drives exceptionally well and its performance is simply breathtaking.

This car has had its fuel injection system upgraded. The original K Jet-Tronic system has been replaced with an Autronic ECU and injection components supplied by EFI Hardware in Melbourne. All of the original components are with the car and can easily be refitted . . . but you wouldn’t because the car drives so well. All too soon our test drive comes to an end and we get out of the car with a big smile.

The car has an original leather pouch with owner’s manual and other documentation.

When introduced in 1984 the Testarossa stunned the world. Pininfarina’s design broke somewhat with tradition and was striking and innovative. The side intakes were larger than on the previous model and this constraint saw the introduction of the long side strakes that would become the Testarossa’s most recognisable feature. The car’s looks were somewhat polarising at the time, but it has aged incredibly well and the popular Testarossa is highly sought after today.

Surprisingly, the Testarossa is also quite ‘practical’. There is enough luggage space to store a small suitcase for a weekend getaway.

This ‘black beauty’ is now ready for the next owner to use and enjoy. But be prepared, it is a car that will attract attention wherever you go.


  • Fantastic colour combination of black with a tan/brown interior.
  • Well sorted, ready to use and enjoy.
  • Recently serviced.
  • A fabulous driver’s car.

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Apple, Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Nike are brands recognisable the world over. So is Ferrari and interestingly the iconic Italian luxury sports car manufacturer was named ‘The World’s Strongest Brand’ in the 2019 Brand Finance Global 500 Report.

Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 out of Alfa Romeo’s race division as Auto Avio Costruzioni the company built its first car in 1940.

The Cavallino Rampate or ‘prancing horse’ was the symbol chosen by Ferrari and like the ‘golden arches’ it is recognised by just about every man, woman and child on the planet!

Twelve cylinder engines are synonymous with Ferrari. In fact, Enzo Ferrari’s very first car, the 1947 125S was powered by a 1.5 Litre V12 engine. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s the majority of Enzo’s masterpieces were powered by V12 engines of varying capacity. Interestingly all of these cars had the engine located in the front. Cross town rivals Lamborghini introduced their stunning Miura in 1966, which was powered by a transversely mounted V12 engine located behind the driver. This spectacular car took the motoring world by storm and sent shock waves throughout Ferrari HQ in Maranello. Ferraris answer, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, was a fabulous motor car in its own right, but there was always something about the mid-engined sports car that gave it an edge.

It took until 1971 for Ferrari to unveil its first mid-engined sports car, the 365 GT/4 Berlinetta Boxer. The Boxer was very well received and it ultimately went into production and replaced the Daytona in 1973. Interestingly Ferrari opted for a ‘flat 12’ rather than a V12 engine configuration. The engine was mounted longitudinally rather than transversely as Lamborghini did with the Miura.

The Boxer was a great success for Ferrari and along with the Lamborghini Countach was one of the very real ‘supercars of the seventies’. The 365 GT/4 Berlinetta Boxer (387 cars built) was replaced by the 512 Berlinetta Boxer (929 cars built) in 1976, which was then replaced by the 512 BBi (1007 cars built) in 1981.

In 1984 at the Paris Auto Show Ferrari introduced the Ferrari Testarossa (Tipo F110) as a successor to the 512BBi.

The name was chosen to pay homage to the famed World Sportscar Championship winning 1957 250 Testa Rossa sports racing car. Testa Rossa, which literally means ‘red head’ in Italian, refers to the red painted cam covers sported by both cars’ 12 cylinder engines.

The car was a huge success for Ferrari with its then flagship selling in massive number the world over. Incredibly, 7,177 Testarossas were built over eight years of production. Its successor, the 512 TR was introduced in 1991 and just over 2,200 cars were built through until 1994. The final iteration of the Testarossa was the 512M, produced from 1994 to 1996 with just over 500 cars built.




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  • Ferrari Testarossa
  • 1988
  • Two Door Coupe
  • Manual
  • 33,875 miles
  • 4,943cc


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