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Eversole6 08-26-2014 03:39 PM

What are the most desirable 80's Testarossa's
Hi, I'm looking to buy my dream car from back in the day; an 80's Testarossa. Can anyone give me some insight as to what year would be the most desirable. I'm looking at this purchase to be a fun car that i've always wanted, and also as an investment. Gratefull for any advise! Thanks

tazandjan 08-26-2014 03:47 PM

Welcome to Ferrari Life. It is really more a matter of taste, except the early 90s 512 TRs were much improved. Some swear by the early, single mirror cars with center-lock wheels. Others like the 87s with their more conventional mirrors and center lock wheels, and still others prefer the later models with bolt on wheels. Kind of your choice. I prefer the look of the 87s myself, but would rather have a 512 TR.

Buy one soon. Prices are starting to rise.

Brian 08-26-2014 04:05 PM

The cars were the subject of constant improvement. The newest is the best. There were some issues in the early transmissions that can be expensive to fix. If you have a knock off car and get a flat tire 90% of the time it will mean a tow to a Ferrari specific garage to change it.

I had a flat in our 90 and I was back on the road in 15 minutes.

Eversole6 08-27-2014 07:05 AM

Great info! Thanks guys. I hear the single mirror (early) TR's are the more desirable ones. Is that true?

tazandjan 08-27-2014 09:38 AM

It is to the guys who own single mirror models (85/86). Personally, not too fond of that look.

360 Modena 08-27-2014 06:37 PM

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I opted for an 88.5 five lug wheels. It was the personal car of the dealer at Ferrari of Denver. I bought it with 10k miles and now have 35k miles.

Get one that has the Helms fusebox mods. Ask me how I know. :-/

And yes, prices appear to be increasing.

wetpet 08-27-2014 06:55 PM

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the 512 tr and the M are going to be the best investment. but they can be 2-3x the older ones. Of the older ones, my unprofessional opinion is the single flying mirror will eventually out perform the others.

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MBFerrari 08-30-2014 07:20 PM

On topic, I like the single flying mirror for it's uniqueness, but they all look good to me. I love TR's but wife would divorce me blah blah blah.

Off topic, Ed, what is your picture about? - it looks like you are whispering in some dudes ear.

RGVA 09-06-2014 05:41 AM

I don't know TRs at all but looking at Algar's inventory they have a 1995 512 M for $349k. Wow. Beautiful car!

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tazandjan 09-06-2014 10:46 AM

Matt- That is the guy currently running the F1 team, formerly head of FNA.

wetpet 09-07-2014 09:03 AM

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il Capolino 09-07-2014 03:14 PM


Originally Posted by wetpet (Post 472153)
Giving him some F1 advice, he's a newbie.


Looks like he's saying:
- "Darn, Ed's right. I should'a known better not to take that twelfth beer last night. Strangely, the twelfth beer was bad and it made me sick, again."

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