November 28, 2022

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Geared for the Automotive Life

Radical Testarossa Spider Cruises to RM Sotheby’s London Auction

Image: Federico Vecchio, courtesy of RM Sotheby's

RM Sotheby’s has announced the inclusion of a very special Ferrari as part of its fast-approaching London Auction. Joining the other automotive eye candy crossing the block on November 5 at the Marlborough House is a rare 1990 Ferrari Testarossa Pininfarina Spider “Special Production.”

Image: Federico Vecchio, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The Ferrari factory only produced the Testarossa in coupe form with one exception. A single example was completed at the factory for Gianni Agnelli, head of Fiat, in silver with a blue soft-top. However, famous design house Pininfarina produced a small number of additional cars at its facilities. Seven examples were produced for Brunei royalty and few more for important clients, such as the one consigning this car in London.

This special drop-top Testarossa has covered just 413km in the 30-plus years since its creation. Just as incredible is the fact that it has never been registered for road use, instead it is thought to have remained on static display until recently.

Image: Federico Vecchio, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The Spider was revived in 2021 beginning with a trip to Pininfarina in March. There, technicians worked on the convertible top and mechanism before treating the body to a full repaint. One month later, the carrozzeria refreshed the car’s interior. The final bill was €94,300.

In November, the Testarossa was then taken to Carrozzeria Zanasi in Maranello for mechanical reconditioning. Zanasi is the firm used by Ferrari for finishing and paintwork on its supercars, Tailor Made and Icona cars. Technicians disassembled, cleaned and restored the cars engine and suspension. A new clutch and fuel pump were also installed. The work performed by Zanasi totaled €83,170.

A total of more than €177k was spent on the refresh, returning this rare Ferrari red-head to road-ready condition.

Learn more about this Testarossa Spider and all lots crossing the block in London here…

Check out the Ferrari in RM Sotheby’s very cool film below.

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