After the wedge-shaped Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer, the Prancing Horse from Maranello and Pininfarina joined forces to create the Testarossa. If you thought that the standard 2-door berlinetta body shell was mad enough from an aesthetic point of view, well, think again.
The 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider was commissioned by the automaker for Gianni Agnelli, then head of Fiat. Also known as L’Avvocato, the influential industrialist controlled 4.4% of Italy’s GDP and 3.1% of its industrial workforce. It was normal, then, for Ferrari to offer the richest man in modern Italian history such a drop-dead gorgeous machine.
Slated to go under the hammer at the Artcurial Retromobile Sale in February 2016, the silver paint finish is a direct reference to the periodic table abbreviation for silver – Ag. Agnelli. Get it? The Cavallino Rampante on the Ferrari Testarossa Spider’s nose is also cast in silver. For the blue stripe above the sills and the white canvas folding roof, there’s no account whatsoever, so we won’t insist on these details.
Estimated to fetch between €680,000 and €900,000 ($750,000 – $1,000,000), the flat-12 heart of this Prancing Horse beats loud and proud. With a displacement of 4,943 cc and a double overhead camshaft design, the 12-cylinder monster channels 390 horsepower to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual.
As it’s often the case with front- and mid-engined Ferrari models of days long past, the aluminum gated shifter is the focus point of an otherwise extremely plain and spartan cabin. On an ending note, did you notice that the front window and door windows are shorther than those of the normal Ferrari Testarossa? By: autoevolution