1968 Ferrari Testarossa Spider
Ferrari Testarossa Spider
In 1984, Ferrari wowed the sports car industry with the Testarossa, a mid-engined, V-12-powered model developed to replace the aging Berlinetta Boxer. Created to fix the faults of its predecessor, which included a cabin that got increasingly hot from the plumbing that ran between the front-mounted radiator and the mid-mounted engine, and a lack of luggage space, the Testarossa became famous for its side strakes and ultra-wide rear track. In just a few years, it became an iconic figure of 1980’s pop culture, especially after staring in the third season of Miami Vice.
Like its forerunner, the Testarossa was conceived as a coupe only, with all the 7,177 units leaving the Maranello factory with a metal top. Except for one Testarossa Spider that was built in 1986.
Although Maranello never intended to produce a drop-top version, it made an exception for Gianni Agnelli, the man who at the time was the main honcho at Fiat, which had purchased Ferrari in 1969.
Nearly three decades have passed since Agnelli received his unique Testarossa, and the sports car is off to find a new home at the Artcurial Retromobile Sale in February 2016. Until the Spider goes under the hammer, let’s have a closer look at the only factory-built Testarossa in existence.
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