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Testarossa spider

Testarossa spider.

I quite like it. Would like to see what it looks like with the hood down though.
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Looking at those pics, there has been a lot of work into creating that car. Notice the "wing" windows in the doors, those had to be fabricated since the car didn't come with that configuration. I believe it was done to add strength to the windshield frame area and to help make the chassis more rigid. When you cut the roof out of a Testarossa, they become very "flexible" since the car was never designed to be a convertible. So extra bracing in several locations is needed to get back some chassis rigidity. I believe there were 2 or 3 companies that were doing TR convertibles...like Straman, etc. If I recall correctly Pininfarina did make ONE Testarossa convertible for Fiat boss Angelli.

These TR ragtops do look better with the top down....
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Here's a pic of a red TR ragtop at a carshow....
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Looking at those pics, there has been a lot of work into creating that car. Notice the "wing" windows in the doors, those had to be fabricated since the car didn't come with that configuration. I believe it was done to add strength to the windshield frame area and to help make the chassis more rigid. When you cut the roof out of a Testarossa, they become very "flexible" since the car was never designed to be a convertible. So extra bracing in several locations is needed to get back some chassis rigidity. I believe there were 2 or 3 companies that were doing TR convertibles...like Straman, etc. If I recall correctly Pininfarina did make ONE Testarossa convertible for Fiat boss Angelli.

These TR ragtops do look better with the top down....
Excellent points, I was just about to post about the rigid loss in the chassis. I would imagine this car shakes a fair amount when hitting bumps, something that happens a lot in a Maserati Spider for example.
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Excellent points, I was just about to post about the rigid loss in the chassis. I would imagine this car shakes a fair amount when hitting bumps, something that happens a lot in a Maserati Spider for example.
My 95 512M is a Straman. By 95 he had perfected his method of chopping TRs. My M shakes less than my factory 308 GTS or any Corvette convertible I have driven. It has virtually zero cowl shake. It has serious structural reinforcements added by Straman.

No idea about TRs done by other shops
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William,

Next time the Slutmobile takes her panties off, can we get a picture of her extra bracing? Curious minds...
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Wow, there are two air scoops located at the rear of the engine deck lid to grab the air stream coming over the car - that is cool! Wind tunnel tests showed this to be a high pressure area, and it's nice to see Straman take advantage of this.

I agree with Curtis63....it appears that A LOT OF DEVELOPMENT went into that car. I would love to see it in person and study the modifications. It's hard to improve on what the Ferrari factory did....but it appears Straman did indeed step things up a notch or two.
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