Lamborghini was creating a stir in the market in the mid-sixties with its mid-engined Miura, but Mr. Enzo Ferrari felt that a mid-engined Ferrari would be unsafe in the hands of his customers. It was Sergio who eventually convinced Ferrari to adopt the mid-engined configuration for a new line of road cars, allowing Pininfarina to build a mid-engined concept for the 1965 Paris Motor Show.
The gesture or theme of the car can be described by two lines: first, the sweep of the rear fender beginning at the front bumper cut-line and second, the hood leading into the fast windshield rising over the large, open greenhouse. Moving the Berlinetta Boxer's radiator from the front into two rear-mounted radiators allowed designers to experiment with the modified mid-engined proportions that the Ferrari Testarossa is now so famous for.
The Matching Numbers group, a Gentlemen Drivers network in Paris, recently planned and participated in a rally inspired by the film C'était un Rendez-vous (1976), directed by Claude Lelouch. Following a road guide, they met early in the morning at Place Victor Hugo, headed up to the famous Sacré Cœur Basilica and ended with a rendezvous for brunch at Restaurant de l’Opera.
/ 24 May 2013
The Testarossa is one of a handful of truly iconic '80s supercars. At nearly seven feet wide and with those long, trademark side strakes feeding side-mounted radiators to cool its big flat twelve, Testarossas are many things, subtle not one of them. Introduced in 1984 as a replacement for the fabulous 512BBi, the Redhead retained its predecessor’s mid-mounted 180 degree V12 layout, and not much else.
/ 14 Mar 2013
If you were a boy growing up in the mid-eighties, there's a 99% chance you had a poster of one of these cars on your bedroom wall. An entire generation spent sleepless hours staring at 27" x 41" prints of these earthbound spaceships—all wide-hipped, vented, and wedge-shaped. Like me, you may even have had both on your wall, but you definitely had a preference. Which one you dreamt about as a 4th grader likely determines your adulthood allegiances as well.
/ 12 Feb 2013
For a supercar, the Testarossa deserves much more respect than it garners. Its beauty has been overlooked by some in favor of the Countach. Now discounted to a fraction of its original price, it waits humbly for a return to grace. Vintage car collector Joe Ventura waits along with it. In the meantime, he's lucky enough to live daily with this beautiful redhead.
/ 11 Dec 2012
You may have heard Kavinsky's music on the Drive soundtrack with the song Nightcall. Kavinsky is back with a video for his song Protovision, and it features a car we have a fondness for: the Ferrari Testarossa. Nothing is better than seeing and hearing the Testarossa flex its muscles to this '80's-sounding tune while blasting around the streets of downtown LA.