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1992 Ferrari 512 TR

Lot No.: 538

Registration: J870 LPX
Chassis Number: ZFFLA40C000094367
Engine Number: 31824
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5000
Year of Manufacture: 1992
Estimate (£): 100,000 - 120,000

Ferrari unveiled the new Testarossa (F110) at the 1984 Paris Motor Show, marking the end of production of the legendary Boxer that had been the flagship 12-cylinder Ferrari model for the previous ten years. Styled by Pininfarina, the Testarossa (Red Head) paid homage to the great 1950's sports racers that originally bore that name, referring to their bright red rocker box covers.

The mid-engine, rear wheel drive configuration allowed the centre of gravity to be positioned in the middle of the car resulting in the weight distribution being 40/60 front and rear, almost an ideal balance in terms of road holding and steering response. 

The Testarossa was larger than its Boxer predecessor, some 6 inches wider and 2.5 inches longer at 2550mm, allowing for more leg room and combined with the raised roof height in the cabin made progress a little more comfortable, provided you could see the corners of the car, which you couldn't.

Production of the 512TR commenced in 1991 with deliveries to customers in 1992 and was effectively a re-engineered Testarossa, although all at Ferrari were keen that it was regarded as a new model. As well as the slightly less dramatic styling and a few tweaks to the detailing, the main changes were chassis and engine related. The power of the 4.9 Litre, 48-valve, flat 12 was increased to 428 bhp from 380 with a similar improvement in torque, and with the benefit of a 30kg weight reduction on the earlier model, 0-60 times fell from 5.3 to 4.9 seconds.

A total of 2,280 were produced of which 50 were right-hand drive.

This 1992 Ferrari 512TR was destined for the UK from the start. It's finished in the classic combination of Rosso Corsa with Crema hide and was supplied by Maranello Concessionaires in Egham to David McErlain of Longstone Hall, Great Longstone on the 5th June 1992.

The odometer currently reads 71,752 which is basically good news, as those knowledgeable folk that deal in Ferraris all the time, know that a superbly maintained Ferrari that is frequently used is often a 'happy' Ferrari, as these cars were designed to be exercised to the full, carefully and exactly maintained, and exercised again. 

There is no question that this 512TR has been 'superbly maintained'. There are 17 service stamps in the book with regular belt changes the last being at 71,041 by GT Auto Services in Burntwood. The last service and MoT was carried out by F1 Performance in October 2016 at 71,745. A separate file contains the service invoices and 20 MoTs dating back to 1995 confirming the fastidiousness of the owners and explaining why this car remains in such fabulous condition.

This is definitely a “Wow” car, beautifully presented, sweetly running, with a comprehensive history and we welcome any inspection.