The existence of the Testarossa could be boiled down to one thing: a fix. Enzo Ferrari did not want to sell the 512 Berlinetta Boxer stateside because he thought it was a bit too brash and hard edged for US customers. In 1984, the Testarossa debuted and it would become a car that would define the 1980s, even if it lived on in various iterations until 1996. This 1985 Testarossa for sale in California is a very early model with the flying mirror and could possibly be one of the first of its kind to come to the US.
1985 Ferrari Testarossa - Recent Major Service
NOTE: This car is a 1985, NOT a 1980. eBay does not recognize the European VIN thus the 1980 in the title of the ad. The original owner of this Testarossa claims the car was the first Testarossa imported into the United States. I am researching more history regarding the origins of the car and will send any details to serious parties. This desirable early Euro flying mirror Testarossa is finished in Argento Metallizzato over Nero leather. Imported and registered properly in California with BAR tags, Cats and 16" center knock-off lug wheels with like new tires and current Smog.
Major service completed Spring 2012 @ 24,615 miles. Comprehensive engine out service included cam belts, tensioners, clutch kit, plugs, O2 sensors, etc. at a total cost of $10,680. Receipts included with sale of vehicle. Cats were previously replaced 05/23/2010. This car is in excellent condition in and out. Beautiful exterior, well preserved interior and the amazingly smooth and powerful flat-12 cylinder! This car is ready to go and needs nothing. Serious buyers only. Asking $52,500 obo.
Send me a message and a phone number and I will call you back. Thanks! Ward
Claiming this is the first Testarossa to set foot in the US is rather bold and certainly I'd want to see more documentation to go along with this. If that is the case, it might add a little bit to the value, but probably not a significant amount more. The asking price is realistic for a Testarossa of this vintage with this kind of mileage, engine out service or not. The fact that the servicing has already been done improves the desirability of this car immensely.