The Ferrari Teatarossa once owned by Elton John - image courtesy of Carsales.comEnlarge Photo
Australia’s CarSales says that the Rosso Corsa-painted Testarossa has racked up less than 20,000 kilometers (12,427 miles) since leaving the factory in Maranello. It comes complete with its original tool kit, service records and documentation (signed by Sir Elton John himself) proving its celebrity ownership.
Built from 1984-1991, the Ferrari Testarossa (Italian for “red head,” in reference to its red valve covers) was made famous by the television series Miami Vice. Unmistakable thanks to its wide stance and finned side air intakes, the Testarossa was powered by a 4.9-liter flat-12 engine rated at 390 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque.
As you’d expect, performance was exceptional by the standards of the day. The sprint from 0-60 mph took just 5.2 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 180 miles per hour. Though its styling hasn’t held up as well as other Ferrari models, the Testarossa is still considered a “must own” car by many prancing-horse collectors.
Clean, low-mileage Ferrari Testarossas typically sell in the $50,000 to $75,000 range, but this car’s celebrity ownership adds considerably to the price. The seller is looking to get $189,000 AUD ($196,182 U.S.) from the car, which seems a bit on the ambitious side to us.
On the other hand, perhaps Ferrari-collecting fans of Sir Elton John feel otherwise. If so, look no further for the next car in your collection.