1988 Ferrari Testarossa
1988 Ferrari Testarossa
- Original UK RHD Example
- Just 6,000 miles from new
- 1 Previous Owner
- Engine out Cambelt service carried out in 2015
Chassis number 76359, was initially ordered in August 1986, by Mr. Roger Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin was a London architect who had a new Ferrari delivered on his birthday every year. Records show he also owned a Red/Black Dino 246 GTS, chassis number 04344 and a Ferrari Mondial. For unknown reasons, one would assume the high demand for Testarossa’s, the actual order wasn’t processed with the factory until the 10th December 1987 for a February 1988 production slot. Given order number 173, this indicated that this car was the 173rd of the 438 officially imported RHD UK market Testarossa’s. Originally ordered in Rosso Corsa with Tan hide and Castoro carpets, a telex on file from Roger Maingot, the Sales Director at Maranello Concessionaires, to the factory in January 1988, changed the order to Nero hide with Red carpets. Completed on the 11th March 1988, the car was invoiced and delivered to H.R. Owen on the 13th April 1988.
H.R. Owen registered the car in Mr. Baldwin’s name and let him know his new Ferrari was ready for collection. Unfortunately, having missed the deadline of his birthday, Mr. Baldwin had secured a Testarossa elsewhere and as a result, left this car with H.R. Owen, who resold and registered the car to Mr. A. Monahan, 6 days later.
The 600 - 1,000 mile service was carried out by Roadfield Motors, Belfast on the 11th January 1989, after which Mr. Monahan kept the car under wraps, using it very occasionally. By 2006 the car had only covered 4,851 miles, at which point, Mr. Monahan made the decision to take the car to official Ferrari and Maseratiagents, Charles Hurst in Belfast. They went right through the car removing the engine for a full cambelt service. At the same time the brakes were stripped, cleaned, bled and rebuilt, the coolant system was flushed and replenished, the A/C system was flushed and converted to RC134A and a new battery was fitted. The total bill was £5,332.25 and the car was once again, in as new condition. The car returned to Charles Hurst for another major belt service in December 2009, now showing only 5,005 miles. Once again, all fluids were drained and replenished, the A/C was re-gassed and the engine was removed for the replacement of the timing belts and pulleys, total cost was £3007.70. Once again, the Testarossa returned home and was hardly used. In August 2011 the car was taken to Ferrari specialists, AE Performance Engineering in Cheshire, who carried out yet another full cambelt service, again going right through the car and attending to anything that needed the slightest attention, resulting in another £3,000 bill. By 2015, the time had come for Mr. Monahan and his beloved Testarossa, that he had essentially owned from new, to part company. The car was given to Rardley Motors to sell and the current owner bought the car in March 2015. Upon purchase, a full cambelt service was carried out by Rardley (renowned Ferrari specialists) with the mileage showing just 5,772 miles.
Now displaying 5,985 miles, this wonderful example of Ferrari’s Super GT car is ready for it’s 3rd owner and not only offers a wonderful investment opportunity, but offers the enthusiast the chance to own an essentially ‘new’ Ferrari Testarossa. Accompanied by its original books in the their leather wallet, its original tools and jack in their correct leather rolls, all three sets of keys (one of which is on the original H.R. Owen key ring) and even the original tax disc from 1988 in it’s original H.R. Owen tax disc holder.
Testarossa’s have seen a huge increase in values in the last few years, and there are a number on the market today. However, it is worth noting as a potential Testarossa buyer, that a huge number of these are LHD cars. Ferrari built over 7,000 Testarossa’s, but only 438 of these were official UK RHD examples, making this an incredibly rare car, even without taking the extremely low mileage into account. As with all Ferrari’s, it is the UK RHD examples that command the top prices and which have seen the best returns over the past 18 months to 2 years.