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30 Years Owned: 1987 Ferrari Testarossa

The seller of this 30,700 mile Bianco 1987 Ferrari Testarossa notes he purchased it from the longtime second owner who has owned it since 1990. Binaco, otherwise known as white, is a rare color for a Testarossa of any year, but when you combine the color scheme with the low mileage, you have a somewhat unrepeatable opportunity. I love this photo showing the Testarossa with its original wheels and wearing the very period-correct aftermarket rollers. Find it here on craigslist for $142,500.

What a stance! While I normally frown on aftermarket wheels placed on collector cars, I will make an exception for wheels that are so totally period-correct for a car like the Testarossa that identifies so explicitly with the 80s and 90s. Most of the Testarossas we also see tend to be red or black, so the color and the wheels definitely help the Testarossa to stand out. Ferrari’s most recognizable 1980s sports car is very much sought-after today, and a relative bargain compared to the likes of the F40.

The tan interior is a nice match for the white paint job, and the cabin appears to be in very good condition. The seats show evidence of leather that needs some finessing so as not to appear tired or bunched up; this is a nominal concern at best. The very period appropriate cell phone is yet another reminder of the era in which the Testarossa was born, and it’s awesome to see those touches survive the test of time. The seller highlights that this is a two-tone interior, and you can see the darker brown on the door panels.

As we all know by now, Ferrari’s mid-engine cars require a significant commitment from owners to follow through on the must-do belt service. The engine must be removed, and there’s a whole plethora of other work that makes sense to do “while you’re in there,” so scope creep is practically a formality at this point. The seller claims to have evidence of the belts being done seven years ago, but it may be time to start budgeting out for the next big-ticket maintenance project. However, a car like this Testarossa is almost certainly worthy of the investment. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Rocco B. for the find.


  1. HoA Howard A Member

    I’ve been where those pics are taken, probably Mulholland Dr. in L.A. Many Adam-12 scenes were filmed there. Testarossa, what is that? Let’s see,,it literally means “Red Head” in Italian. But wait, it’s white, and no evidence of a racy red headed Italian super model. It comes from, yeah, listen to me, the red cylinder head cam covers, seen here. I know, I had hoped for the super model too, and where else but W.Hollywood would one see these? Certainly not in Kenosha, South Bend, or Toledo or________( fill in hometown) For the rich and famous, and just think, for a paltry $150 grand, you too can enjoy what success is supposed to be like. Shall we take the BarnFinds chopper? :)

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  2. Howie

    This is great, a Ferrari in the dirt on Craigslist.

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  3. Billy

    What a good looking color combination on a handsome prancing horse.
    I’ve always enjoyed the stance of one of the longest Ferraris ever to break free from the Italian stable. Very Nice Car!
    Lucky, lucky someone.

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  4. Russ Ashley

    I like those wheels and think they look better than the originals. I’m not a Ferrari fan since I worked at a Ferrari recycler in the early 2000’s and saw them inside and out, and saw some of the repair bills. If the engine has to come out for maintenance you can count on at least $15K for labor and parts, and that was twenty years ago. I got to drive a few of them and that is about the best thing I remember about working there.

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  5. Chinga-Trailer

    That first photo really had me – I just quickly glanced and thought it was a Ferrari on Tank crawler treads! No doubt someone in Russia has built one – the tank tread Bentley has been an internet staple for years now. And Howard – there was a red Testa Rossa prowling the local streets of my middle class Milwaukie (note the spelling) Oregon neighborhood not too many years ago!

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  6. Ronnie James

    aloha! looks like the one from miami vice ?

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  7. t-bone bob

    Locate in West Hollywood, CA

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  8. Araknid78

    It’s Bianco not Binaco.

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  9. Melton Mooney

    At first sight, for just a moment, I thought this was a Testarossa body on some sort of tank chassis…and thought it was pretty cool.

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  10. JoeNYWF64

    Gotta be the last car with round sealed beam headlites!
    Ferrari never seen a ’75 monza’s headlites?

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  11. Dana

    I passed on an 88 in 2000 with 5000 mi on it, for $68,000. I bought a house instead

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