Ex Canada Testarossa now in Perth
Been a while since my last post regarding the Testarossa, however it has arrived, cleared customs and domiciled at home where I am prepping it for registration.
At first inspection since I bought the car it presents as advertised on eBay, paint and body are straight, the motor, engine bay and wheel arches have normal road grime. It is very loud due to the Tubi comp exhaust fitted by the prev owner. The seat belts work, all guages work, doors open and close nicely, no body outer trim broken bent or damaged. The leather had not been cared for much unfortunately, in need of a good clean as ingrained grim in the pores have darkened the cream. A little wear on the edge of the d/s back support from entry and exit over the years. Car drives extremely well(it would wouldn't it) clutch, shift, brakes, steering all smooth, quiet and responsive.
Underside is as it should be, no leaks, weeps or sign of disguising same. Motor starts first time, settles into a smooth idle after a few minutes (it does now as I have just replaced the Tubi with the original for registration)
A consulting Auto Engineer spent 3.5hrs last week doing tick-a-box for compliance with ADR's and found that it will require anti intrusion bars in the doors and flexi brakelines with DOT or similar visible markings on them.
The fascinating thing about introducing a new car to the resident tool trolley, is the car begins to give up its secrets(sometimes reluctantly) on the application of the correct spanners in the right place....ala Spanish Inquisition!!! heh heh.
All in all, the car is not showroom cond as described in the listing,but that is subjective to the individual.There is no evidence of abuse or damage so far. Apart from the front panels having a paint refresh it does appear that the rest of the car is original paint. The main focus for now is to rectify compliance issues and get the car sorted for drives longer than 25Km (restrictive moving permit)
I am documenting the before condition presently as a point of reference for the 'after' shots.
To Be Continued.......