It’s the late Eighties, and you’re a teenage boy. Chances are quite high that your bedroom is plastered with photos of Michelle Pfeiffer. But taking up more wall space than the stunning actress are massive posters of the Lamborghini Countach, with its scissor doors pointing skywards. However, the Raging Bull wouldn’t have been the only Italian supercar your weary eyes soaked up before you nodded off, and the first thing you woke up to. Next to it would most certainly have been the Ferrari Testarossa.
Making its debut in Paris in 1984, the Pininfarina-designed replacement for the 512 BBi ‘Boxer’, was an unsung hero of the decade. It marked a radical departure from its predecessor, but retained the legendary hallmark of all great Ferraris — the mid-mounted flat 12. The rounder front end with the dummy egg crate grille went down very well with showgoers, as did the distinctive straked door panels, which blended into the wide rear wings. The paired circular taillight arrangement — a styling feature for more than 10 years — was gone, replaced by rectangular lights hiding behind horizontally slatted louvres.
The tubular steel frame chassis with cross bracing supported a gorgeous body made of aluminium (the doors and roof were steel), but as ever, it was the heart of the supercar that stole the show. The first four valves per cylinder flat twelve configuration fitted in a Ferrari road car with a cubic capacity of 4,943cc produced 390bhp and 480Nm of torque.
Production ended in 1991 after 7,177 units were built (it changed very little during its seven-year run — a redesign of the wing mirrors was the biggest styling change...) and was replaced with the 512 TR.
It attained cult status by appearing in the hit TV show, Miami Vice, and if you want one of these today, you’ll have to fork out around Dh850,000.