Convertible Ferrari Testarossa in Bracknell today

Convertible Ferrari Testarossa in Bracknell today

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Erudite geezer

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576 posts

59 months

Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Was absolutely knocked sideways peering out of my office window in Bracknell today, around 15:00, to see a grey coloured Ferrari Testarossa convertible - yes, convertible, driving near the town centre.

What a sight.

Does anyone know of the car? Is it genuine or a replica?

Office windows are sealed, so could not hear the engine, unfortunately.

nyxster

1,452 posts

109 months

Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Erudite geezer said:
Was absolutely knocked sideways peering out of my office window in Bracknell today, around 15:00, to see a grey coloured Ferrari Testarossa convertible - yes, convertible, driving near the town centre.

What a sight.

Does anyone know of the car? Is it genuine or a replica?

Office windows are sealed, so could not hear the engine, unfortunately.
wasn't this one was it?

https://youtu.be/hylCPChUWd0

Erudite geezer

Original Poster:

576 posts

59 months

Wednesday 10th October 2018
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nyxster said:
wasn't this one was it?

https://youtu.be/hylCPChUWd0
I do believe this could be the very same car.

Would love to learn more, if the owner is on here.

0a

20,623 posts

132 months

Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Same one as driven on The Smoking Tyre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVCJr77qfJ0&t=...

996Keef

220 posts

29 months

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ChemicalChaos

8,912 posts

98 months

Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Thay was featured recently in the "your classics" section of Classic and Sports car magazine. Great writeup by the owner explaining the long and complex history of the car, and why he's keeping it ratty!

WojaWabbit

851 posts

156 months

Wednesday 10th October 2018
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That ratarossa is really interesting, a nice find for the owner!

According to this article by Catchpole for evo, the only genuine one built was for the old boss of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli....

https://www.evo.co.uk/ferrari/18239/the-story-of-t...

Doubt it would be driven around in normal use though if it's a Concours de Elegance car.

eltax91

7,879 posts

144 months

Wednesday 10th October 2018
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Was supposed to go to our office in Bracknell today. Decided to join via webex. Wish I hadn’t now!!

Red 4

5,530 posts

125 months

Thursday 11th October 2018
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Ever driven one ?

I have. I wasn't fussed.


PAUL500

1,508 posts

184 months

Thursday 11th October 2018
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The owner is over on ferrarichat in the Testarossa section, he is a regular poster about the car and happy to chat if you contact him.

yellowtr

1,015 posts

164 months

Thursday 11th October 2018
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Scott's car is certainly gaining some coverage. He has just fitted my old exhaust, sounds epic!

cgt2

1,293 posts

126 months

Thursday 11th October 2018
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Well known car that is often seen around the Reading/Slough/Berks area. Not a minter but gets properly used and enjoyed, as it should be!

348jeff

38 posts

65 months

Tuesday 8th January
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A slightly smarter one at the Ferrari Design Exhibition last year. IIRC it was a factory customisation for some bigwig in management.






LotusOmega375D

4,077 posts

91 months

Wednesday 9th January
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It was built for parent company Fiat's boss Giovanni Agnelli. He had several one-off vehicles made by his companies, such as the Lancia Integrale Spider and cut-down 360 shown here. Seems like he preferred silver cars to red!



These specials would make a good basis for a book. I can't imagine he got to drive them much.

It was popular to chop exotic coupés back in the 1980s, because they thought it would make them worth more. Understandable if a car had maybe been rolled, but not on an undamaged vehicle.

I remember reading an article in one of the UK classic car magazines about the American Ferrari Owners Club concours. Originality was everything and a guy with a chopped Daytona Spider and another with an incorrect shade of yellow 275 GTB/4 were told to park in a far corner of the field, well away from the original vehicles on display. And this was 30 years ago!

moneymakestheworldgoaround

3,774 posts

113 months

Wednesday 9th January
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348jeff said:
A slightly smarter one at the Ferrari Design Exhibition last year. IIRC it was a factory customisation for some bigwig in management.





Seen that in Monaco in August last year.

snapper seven

650 posts

152 months

Wednesday 9th January
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LotusOmega375D said:
I remember reading an article in one of the UK classic car magazines about the American Ferrari Owners Club concours. Originality was everything and a guy with a chopped Daytona Spider and another with an incorrect shade of yellow 275 GTB/4 were told to park in a far corner of the field, well away from the original vehicles on display. And this was 30 years ago!
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Still have that mag and love that article - especially the part about the hermetically sealed Daytona wheels and owners of the prototype 250TR.

LotusOmega375D

4,077 posts

91 months

Wednesday 9th January
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Thanks for confirming. It's amazing what seemingly useless nuggets of information I have stashed away in the old grey matter.

Elderly

2,744 posts

176 months

Wednesday 9th January
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348jeff said:
A slightly smarter one at the Ferrari Design Exhibition last year. IIRC it was a factory customisation for some bigwig in management.

That was a beautifully curated exhibition …. but somehow or other I must have managed to miss the area in your photo rolleyes
furious.
Here's another 'silver' one biggrin:



spiderscott

47 posts

194 months

Sunday 3rd February
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Erudite geezer said:
Was absolutely knocked sideways peering out of my office window in Bracknell today, around 15:00, to see a grey coloured Ferrari Testarossa convertible - yes, convertible, driving near the town centre.

What a sight.

Does anyone know of the car? Is it genuine or a replica?

Office windows are sealed, so could not hear the engine, unfortunately.




Thats my TR spider ....otherwise known as Ratarossa.

If you are in Bracknell area you are welcome to pop over (I'm in Binfield) and I'll take you out for a spin in it.

Since filming the smoking tire video in it I have fitted Peters old exhaust with some straight thru pipes and it now sounds bloody epic.

Theres some videos ....sadly I can't post any links as my build threads on PH and posts keep getting removed and me banned due to links to my YT channel.

4rephill

3,607 posts

116 months

Sunday 3rd February
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348jeff said:
A slightly smarter one at the Ferrari Design Exhibition last year. IIRC it was a factory customisation for some bigwig in management.





That is the rarest of all Testarossa's!

Not only was it a factory spider (rare in itself, but the Sultan of Brunei had Ferrari/Pininfarina make him five spiders), but it was also the only manual/semi-automatic Testarossa ever made!

Gianni Agnelli, owner of the Ferrari company (so the biggest "wig" there was in the company! biggrin ), had gearbox manufacturer Valeo modify the car so it could be driven as a standard manual, with three foot pedals, or at the touch of a button, the clutch pedal retracts upwards, and the gears are changed when the gear lever is moved.

Basically, when the gear lever is moved to go into gear, a sensor detects the initial movement and pull the clutch in automatically. Then, as the lever slotted into gear, a second sensor detects it and the clutch is automatically let out again to engage drive. This was all done due to Agnelli having a leg injury from a car crash in his younger days, that made it difficult for him to manage the heavy clutch on the car.


Assuming that was a collection of Agnelli's personal cars, the F40 in the background will be the only one ever made with a Valeo semi automatic gearbox.

As with Agnelli's Testarossa, his F40 still has a gear lever, and operates the same way as the Testarossa in semi-auto mode, but unlike the Testarossa, there's no clutch pedal in the car, to drive it conventionally.