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Year: 1986

Manufacturer: Ferrari

Model: Testarossa

Chassis Number: #65247

Country: USA

Bill Amos

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1986 Ferrari Testarossa

The gill slats feeding air to its side-mounted radiators became one of the modern era’s most instantly recognizable – and copied – styling devices. The new design managed to combine high downforce with a low coefficient of drag with the absence of extraneous spoilers and other such devices.

My car is an early monospecchio (single mirror) model, and is a desirable piece of Ferrari history. Chassis #65247 is as original as they come. It has predominantly original paint, carpeting, and leather, with the exception of the reupholstered dash which was completed to address typical shrinkage.

The cylinder heads have been refreshed with new guides, valves, and seals, while the CIS fuel distributors were also rebuilt. Transmission work included a gearbox rebuild with new synchros and bearings.

Full service records, all of the original books, tools, proper folding keys, and pouch remain with the car. The car is fitted with the original four-piece Schedoni Testarossa luggage set. A desirable feature of Chassis #65247 is that it wears correct for 1986, factory knockoff wheels in 16″ with matching tires in OEM sizes. The only deviation from stock is a “Tubi Style” stainless exhaust.

I purchased the car at auction in March of 2016. Prior to my purchasing the car, it had been under the long term stewardship of a prominent Ferrari enthusiast. It was both well used and enjoyed having logged 41,000 miles. Fortunately for me not only did the previous owner enjoy driving the car, it was lovingly cared for and in fantastic condition.

I have enjoyed the car immensely and it turns heads everywhere I go. It is impossible to pull into a gas station or parking lot without people coming over to take a look and ask about the car. It draws far more attention than any of my nine other cars,. Most are amazed that the car is 34 years old. I have had the privilege of owning several other Ferraris but this one is my favorite and the most fun to drive

The car has participated in many local car events. The highlight came this year when I was invited to show the car in the Dream Car Class at the Amelia Island Concours de Elegance. It was also featured in a promotional video for the Concours. I did not win anything but it was still an unforgettable bucket list experience.


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