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Ferrari Testarossa Driven By Michael Jackson Heads To Barrett-Jackson

 

1986 Ferrari Testarossa Straman Spyder

There will be an excellent opportunity to get lost in the '80s at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by Michael Jackson in the 1987 Pepsi commercial "The Chopper" will cross the block along with hundreds of other desirable cars.

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The black Testarossa was converted into a drop-top Spyder by the R. Straman Company of Costa Mesa, California for its television appearance. Behind the seats is a 4.9-liter flat-12 producing 390 horsepower and 361 pound-feet of torque and red valve covers--hence the name Testarossa, which means "red head" in Italian.

Barrett-Jackson didn't list mileage, but the car reportedly received a significant overhaul in February 2013.

The Testarossa is a quintessentially '80s car. With its wide, wedge shape and cheese grater-like side intakes, it still makes quite a statement. Whether that statement is positive or not is unclear.

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Built from 1984 to 1991, the Testarossa was probably best known as one of the stars of Miami Vice, It's even pretty fast by modern standards: it can do 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and reach a top speed of 180 mph. Granted, that's not even enough to outrun that other Ferrari supercar of the Reagan era, the F40.

The Michael Jackson Testarossa joins a horde of other celebrity cars at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, including Simon Cowell's 2008 Bugatti Veyron, the Hudson Commodore from Driving Miss Daisy, and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII driven by the late Paul Walker in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

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