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30 July 2016

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Lot 124

1986 Ferrari Testarossa

  • Chassis no. ZFFSA17A0G0066067
  • Engine no. 00415

Sold for $120,000


380 bhp, 4,943 cc DOHC horizontally opposed 12-cylinder engine with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100.4 in.

  • Two owners from new
  • Exceptionally well documented
  • Ferrari Classiche certified


Unveiled to the world the night before the opening of the 1984 Paris Motor Show at the famed Lido nightclub on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Ferrari Testarossa would become nothing short of legend. With a 0–60 mph time of just over five seconds and a top speed of near 180 mph, its performance and dramatic styling had enthusiasts falling head over heels for Ferrari’s newest flat-12 creation. It soon became the poster child for a generation with numerous appearances in movies, music videos, and television shows—most notably in a starring role in Miami Vice alongside Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.

A highly desirable single-mirror example, this particular Testarossa was delivered in October of 1986 to authorized Ferrari dealer Steven Kessler Motor Cars, Inc. of New York City and was purchased new by Fred Passarella of Oyster Bay, New York. Finished in traditional Rosso Corsa over a Beige interior, it was then registered with the personalized Florida license plate “Amore.” For the next 25 years, the car remained in Passarella’s possession and was regularly driven and maintained throughout his ownership. The car spent the majority of its time in New York, but it also travelled with Passarella to his home in Florida.

In 2008, the car was certified by Ferrari Classiche, confirming it as factory correct throughout. Passarella finally sold the car in 2011, and it was purchased that year by its current Michigan-based owner. Remarkably well preserved and original throughout, the car retains its original tool kit, manuals, and jack, in addition to a complete file of service invoices from throughout its life. Following the current owner’s acquisition of the Testarossa, its most recent engine-out, cam-belt service was completed in February of 2013, and it has been serviced annually since. In addition, it is important to note that the odometer was replaced after it malfunctioned in 2007 at 15,880 miles in Fred Passarella’s ownership. The car’s true mileage is under 20,000 miles from new.

To this day, the Testarossa remains one of the most recognizable and beloved Ferrari models ever produced. It is an icon of 1980s styling and performance, and it is just as exciting to drive today, even by current standards. Beautifully presented following a lifetime of thoughtful preservation, maintenance, and enjoyment, this Testarossa is an exceptional example throughout. Benefitting from just two owners over the course of its lifetime as well as Ferrari Classiche certification, this automotive icon would be an excellent addition to any collection.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more