Introduced in 1984, the Testarossa was a significant advance for Ferrari and served as the company's top of the range model for the rest of the decade. Designed for series production, the flat-12 supercar continued Ferrari's twelve-cylinder tradition in a modern mid-engined configuration that could be traced directly to its 512 sports prototypes and to Ferrari's years of successful Formula One experience. Expensive, fast and distinctively styled by Pininfarina with trend-making strakes guiding air to its rear-mounting cooling, it was one of the most memorable cars of its day. With 380 horsepower and Pininfarina's wind-cheating design the Testarossa boasted a top speed 'in excess of 180mph' and 0-60mph acceleration of 5.3 seconds.
The Testarossa was a symbol of success, performance and power. Pretty much every young man coveted one, even if it was only a poster on a bedroom wall.
One young man who achieved success in 1989 was comedian Eddie Murphy. At the culmination of a series of highly successful movies including Beverly Hills Cop, The Golden Child, Beverly Hills Cop II and Coming to America he added this Testarossa to his personal garage. Finished in black over black leather, a much more rare combination than Red/Tan, it has had only one subsequent private owner and has covered under 4,500 miles since it was delivered. Carefully preserved, it has a full complement of books and tools, comes with a copy of the original title in Eddie Murphy's name, has been regularly serviced and is in gorgeous, like new condition.
Ferrari Testarossas are acknowledged as a milestone in Ferrari history, increasingly recognized by collectors for their performance and design. Combined with a proud celebrity ownership history and presented in its rare original Black/Black livery, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a carefully preserved and regularly serviced example with just enough miles to be used without concern.
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