A Testarossa for $17k? Riiiiiight…

No Fiero "power" here.
No Fiero "power" here.

All right, everyone: you’ve got until 5:00pm on Wednesday to take your shot at some sweet bargain 12-cylinder Ferrari goodness. What we have here is a genuine Resale Red 1990 Testarossa with a current price of $17k. Let’s see if we can figure out the catch…
It’s definitely not a kit. It starts, runs and drives just fine. Only 20k miles on the clock. In fact, the interior’s still great:
No bloodstains or anything.
No bloodstains or anything.

But, just like any other thing up for offer on the web, be wary if it’s only photographed from behind.
That's a face for radio if ever there was one.
That's a face for radio if ever there was one.

Whatever. It’s still cheaper than a used Camry and 1000 times more awesome. We’d just go pick up some aluminum sheet and graft it on as needed.
Check out the auction before the gavel bangs!

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30 responses to “A Testarossa for $17k? Riiiiiight…”

  1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Lemons candidate?

    1. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

      Honestly, I think you could easily get more than 18k out of everything left after the motor yankage. That would reduce your drivetrain cost to $0, and selling the original drivetrain out of whatever heap you choose to Ferrarify (although I do have a '63 Rambler I got for free…) would give you even more budget to play with.

    2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Think about the magic of a rednecked Ferarri at Lemons! Or better yet pull the drivetrain and shove it in a Volvo or a Sprite.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    This should work for a nose right?
    http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2006/0

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      So very wrong and yet it feels right…

    2. FTGDHoonEdition Avatar

      Awesome idea! I like to be the opposite for once. A Ferrari trying to be a Fiero…..that really would be great. +1 F-click for that (follower click).

    3. Syrax Avatar

      That would create a black hole and kill us all.

    4. CptSevere Avatar

      Perfection. F clicker as well.

    5. Shadowguitar Avatar
      Shadowguitar

      Here's a willing participant.
      http://blacksburg.craigslist.org/cto/1432977947.h

  3. Z71 Avatar

    Eh, even so, a little frame straightening here and there, and an front end alignment and you've got yourself an awesome daily driver.

  4. joshuman Avatar

    Just get some plywood and a couple of flashlights. It can be street-legal in no time.

  5. Maymar Avatar

    This needs the discarded Jeep front end from Bill Harrah's Jerrari.

  6. blueplate Avatar

    There are a lot of things I can learn here. For example, electric seat belts weren't just for beater Chevy Berettas. They also made the Ferrari Testarossa, considerably less awesome than I remember as a 12 year old, even though it was the star of the double-plus best car video game of all time.

  7. CptSevere Avatar

    For this kind of money go overboard and get rid of the rest of the bodywork and make a very ill Italian sandrail. Be the first in your trailer park to have one. Imagine the uptight cognoscenti (Hey! Pretentious Italian word!) frowning upon you, and the respect gained by those who can respect the audacity and sheer balls required to pull off this insult. That's what needs to be done here. No question. Plus, it would be scary as hell to spank down a dry wash.

    1. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      I like the way you think.
      Chances are, this wouldn't be all that impossible to do. If you pull the engine/trans/diff and assorted linkages, it's just a matter of plumbing and getting some CV shaft adapters.
      Hell, there's a decent chance they use the same bolt pattern as the Porsche parts that the buggy dudes already use.

  8. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    Sooooo, how much for the wheels and tires shipped to my door? They ARE the right bolt pattern, after all.

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