Key Details for #70235
- Chassis: ZFFSG17A4H0070235
- Odometer: Mismatch
- 4.9 Liter Flat-12
- 5-Speed Manual Gearbox
- Project Car in Pieces
- Severe Front End Accident in 1994
- Former Florida Salvage Title
This 1987 Ferrari Testarossa is a non-running project with a checkered past, most recently spending over a decade in a Santa Monica body shop before its acquisition by the current owner on a lien sale. Reportedly brought in for a restoration and interior color change, the car was left in pieces when its owner vanished after failing to procure the necessary funds. Issues such as a severe front end accident in 1994, the resulting Florida salvage title, and an odometer mismatch are described below. The car remains partially disassembled though a large collection of interior and accessory components is included. This car is offered by BaT regular Wob, who advises that bids only be placed by those in search of a full-scale “assembly required” kit, an adventurous restorer, or a current TR owner in need of a parts car. A 1994 front-end impact with a guardrail resulted in severe damage according to the Carfax report below, and a sticker on the underside of the hood indicates it was originally Rossa Corsa and is likely a used replacement. The car shows evidence of repainting in what may be its original white, and the finish retains a decent shine but shows blemishes and signs of hasty prep. Panel alignment appears occasionally uneven and the rear valance is misshapen, while the low-hanging front air dam appears largely straight but a bit chewed up.
Remaining trim seems largely complete including the dual low-mounted sideview mirrors first fitted to 1987 cars, while much factory badging appears to have vanished to time. Grilles and other plastics are seemingly straight, though an insert behind the grille is missing and retractable headlights appear partially disassembled. Factory magnesium knockoff wheels have been painted and their single lugs show surface oxidation. Dunlop rubber is judged by the seller as too elderly for safe use in the event the car is gotten running. Nearly all of the interior has been stripped aside from the dash and center console, both of which show signs of hard use. The factory steering wheel is worn but accounted for, while the trademark gated shifter looks cleaner but has a jammed linkage.
Stock Veglia instrumentation is also present, including the TR-specific 200 mph speedometer. The 15k miles shown on the odometer conflicts with the information in the Carfax report, leaving true mileage unknown. Plans apparently called for replacement of the original black interior with the included two-tone tan and brown version. Uninstalled pieces include seats, carpets, and a replacement console along with assorted plastic and upholstered trim. The crate is not included.
Wiper motors, switches, wiring, brackets, ductwork, and HVAC components are also included. The collection appears comprehensive, though the seller is unable to make guarantees regarding its completeness. The condition of the various pieces ranges from presentable to heavily used and discolored. The situation out back is less visibly daunting, with the 4.9 liter “Redhead” flat 12 remaining fully inside the car and its component pieces appearing largely attached to one another. The 48-valve mill is considered likely to be original and looks fairly stock, complete, and even clean up top.
At one time making an impressive 380 horsepower and 354 lb. ft. of torque, the car supposedly came into the body shop under its own power but has not been run since. The seller has confirmed the engine will turn over by hand with the spark plugs removed but makes no claims it will run. The 5-speed transmission is also present and the car is said to roll freely despite the jammed shift linkage mentioned above. Evidence of fluid weeping can be seen below on the underside of the drivetrain. The chassis appears solid enough with general grime, some surface corrosion, and a small area of flaking rust mixed with largely intact paint and undercoating. The car was previously issued a salvage title in Florida as indicated on the Carfax report, a fact overlooked by the Department of Motor Vehicles when a clean California title was issued in the name of the current owner. The seller notes that its non-branded status will need to be corrected by the buyer and that no other records or history are available.
At the time of writing it has sold at a price of $ 45,000
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