Monday, June 15, 2009

For Gearheads Only

I'm selling my Ferrari. This is meaningful because for a short while, the car was manifest proof that I had made something of myself. It's red, it's beautiful, it's a 12-cylinder Testarossa (nothing to do with testosterone, thank you. Testa Rossa=Red [cylinder] Head) and the entire interior is covered in glove leather. It goes like a bat out of hell and kids love it. So on the off-chance that someone in your family has a few extra dollars to spend, here are the particulars. The car is listed on eBay, item no. 310149228132

This is a 1990 Ferrari Testarossa in classic red with tan leather interior. I am the second owner, and it has always been garaged and never driven in the rain. Both exterior and interior are in excellent condition. The car has a new battery and starter, installed three months ago, as well as a new clutch put in by Ferrari of Washington when the car had 15,000 miles.

Tires are in excellent condition, and all engine and belt work was done prior to my purchasing it from Ferrari of Washington. I have driven this car sparingly, and it has been maintained by marque experts. Included are a car cover, original manuals and leather case, all original documents and bill of sale, and a hard-to-find wiring diagram. A full leather tool case comes with the car as well as the Ferrari ‘donut’ spare tire

The Testarossa is a two-door coupe with a fixed roof that premiered at the 1984 Paris Auto Show. All versions of the Testarossa had the power fed through the wheels from a rear-mounted, five-speed manual transmission. The Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout (engine between the axles but behind the cabin) keeps the center of gravity in the middle of the car, which increases stability and improves the car's cornering ability, and thus results in a standing weight distribution of 40% front and 60% rear.

This Testarossa sports a 4.9 litre (4,943 cubic centimetres/302 cubic inches) Ferrari Colombo Flat-12 engine mounted at 180 degree mid, longitudinally. Each cylinder has four valves, with forty-eight valves total, lubricated via a dry sump system, and a compression ratio of 9.20:1. These combine to provide a maximum torque of 361 ft·lbf at 4500 revolutions per minute and a maximum power of 291 kilowatts at 6300 revolutions per minute.

This Ferrari Testarossa can accelerate from 0–100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in 5.8 second and from 0–97 kilometres per hour (60 mph) in 5.2 seconds and on to 161 km/h (100 mph) in 11.40 seconds and can complete a standing (from stationary) quarter mile (~400 m) in 13.50 seconds or a standing kilometre in 23.80 seconds. The maximum speed of this Testarossa is 187 mph.

There is a slight road rash on the rim of the left rear wheel. The driver and passenger side carpets have been replaced but the originals are included.

Recently, a 1990 Testarossa with comparable mileage and in the less popular white/tan leather combination sold for $82,000 at Barrett-Jackson auction held in Palm Beach, Florida. I am offering this car for far less as I need a quick sale.

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