Sunday, October 6, 2013

DTO: Red Head: 1987 Ferrari Testarossa

Welcome to another edition of Daily Turismo Omologato (DTO) where we showcase cars that are above the standard DT price range, but are unique and worthy of a feature. Don't worry, the Daily Turismo hasn't been sold to a foreign investment group hell-bent on turning DT into a profit machine for overpriced listings of overpriced cars...but every once in a while we feel the need to feature something a bit more exclusive, perhaps as an option for the a reader of this site who has a good paying gov't job and mostly we are featuring the car now to taunt him while he is being furloughed (sorry about that Bob).  Anyway, the Ferrari Testarossa was an extremely expensive mid-engine supercar from the 80s, an iconic fatass featured on every 10 year old boy's bedroom wall and starring in everything from Miami Vice to Sega's Outrun.  Find this 1987 Ferrari Testarossa for sale in Anaheim, CA for $49,975 via

The Testarossa (Italian for red-head) was quite costly when new, around $135k in 1988 money (or $280k in today's money when adjusted for inflation).  The big hunk of change got you one of fastest cars this side of the uber rare and expensive F40 and into the big boys club.  We aren't suggesting that you take an early withdraw on your 401k to buy some maintenance money pit, but if you were considering dropped 50 large on some other new, used or late model car, perhaps you should give a Ferrari a second look.

The Testarossa is powered by the 4.9 liter Ferrari Colombo flat-12, a magnificent piece of art that puts out 390 horsepower and 361 ft-lbs of torque.  It won't matter how much power this thing makes after the first time you turn the key because the sound of a Ferrari flat-12 is unmistakable. 

The inside of this Ferrari is classic 80s Ferrari at its best - and somehow the highlight is that silly gated shifter. Doesn't matter if it slows down shifting, but I just want to snick-snick-snick it through the gears. Back to the prospect of the $50,000 dollar car.  There are some people who are going to plunk down $50k this year for a brand new Lincoln MKT, which is an overpriced Ford Flex with an ugly grill.  Imagine for a minute that you could find one of those thousands of fools and show them this article from hemmings on the state of the Testarossa market.  You will need read it to the legally blind buyers of the MKT, or explain it very slowly to the simpletons who feel that buying an MKT is a good idea, but in essence it says that the Testarossa market has likely reached its low point and is starting to appreciate.  In 10 years the MKT will be flogged around a 24 Hrs of LeMons track (after being purchased for $500) and the Testarossa will be sold to replace that money you withdrew from 401k for those singing lessons (also, you aren't Cher and no matter how often you shave your legs you never will look like her, so put some damn pants on and get a hold of yourself man...).

The only potential issue is that the previous owner has treated this car like a red-headed step child and hasn't given it all the proper which case, be prepared for $250 oil changes, $2000 valve adjustments.  The thing about a late model any Ferrari is that it treats you like a Libyan Dictator.  One minute you are Gaddafi circa 1977, living the high life surrounded by adoring fans and the next minute you are at a repair shop being treated like Gaddafi in 2011.  See a better 401k burner? email us here:


  1. DT, you are dead on about maintenance factor. I don't think you can really compare these to a newer vehicle (especially one under warranty) on a basis of purchase cost. I am not saying that the Testarossa is a bad investment by any means, you can expect to keep putting a substantial amount of money into it to keep it roadworthy and preserve it the way it should be. When it comes time to sell in a few years, however, you will have the last laugh. The MKT owner will have enough money left over for an entry level Kia, while you will get your 50K back (at least) and have "own a Testarossa" lined through on your bucket list.

  2. I wouldn't rank too hard on the MKT given that the real value of an MKT with Ecoboost reveals itsself when towing your broken redhead over to Tony's for the aforementioned maintenance and will give you something to drive around in while you wait.

  3. ^^ this

    Cool to accessorize your vintage Armani with, but the brown shiny dash looks like a 1991 Peugeot. Was Bring A Trailer sold to a foreign investment group?

  4. Honestly get yourself in early to mid eighties 308 GT V quattrovalvole and enjoy the hell out of it and forget about all the crazy service work and do the most important parts that need to be done and the son of a b**** will go 150 miles an hour with ease up the hill on an incline forever and you will have a glorious time and you'll be Tom Selleck the whole time you're doing it of course from the Magnum PI era Testarossa is a different monster and unless you are accustomed to working on a 12 cylinder car forget about it you're not Richard Pryor and you don't earn $40,000 a night so find yourself a 308 or find yourself a decent 911 with a shitload of miles and enjoy it and I have about the same experience but remember the understeer and of course the oversteer as well other than that by yourself a 2012 BMW 528i with the turbo chargers and Poppy really happy with what you have change the oil feed line to the turbocharger and drive that son-of-a-b**** for 250 to 300 thousand miles and outrun I Testarossa up until the governor kicks in


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