1 1985-1990 FER­RARI TESTAROSSA

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WHY IT’S SO

AF­FORD­ABLE Mar­que devo­tees never quite got over its car­toon­ish pro­por­tions and rock star im­age. Fer­rari cer­tainly shocked its fol­low­ers with its BB 512i suc­ces­sor. The Testarossa’s newly chis­elled wedge pro­file came in a road-hog­ging pack­age that made it – at 1978mm – the widest car on sale at the time. Mean­while, the out­size cheeseg­rater side strakes – which sucked air into the twin rear side-mounted ra­di­a­tors – were like noth­ing else.

The Testarossa was soon fa­mous the world over af­ter a white one ap­peared in the TV show Mi­ami Vice. De­mand ex­ploded, with 7177 ex­am­ples sold.

Those many own­ers would have found a car that looks in­tim­i­dat­ing but is ac­tu­ally quite easy to drive, with sur­pris­ingly light con­trols and a very com­fort­able cock­pit. The wide tyres keep it an­chored to the ground and it feels amaz­ingly nim­ble – not to men­tion alarm­ingly quick. All of these fea­tures still ring true to­day, and there’s even some rea­son­able lug­gage space in that broad, flat nose with its anachro­nis­tic pop-up head­lights.

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