Can you guess how much this toy Ferrari Testarossa, on sale at a Suffolk garage, would set you back?
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In terms of toy cars, there can be few finer than this – a mini version of the classic Ferrari Testarossa. It’s currently on sale at a Suffolk garage, but how much do you think it would set you back?
With a top speed of 25mph and powered by a lawn-mower engine it’s the slowest Ferrari ever made – but it will still cost its new owner around £75,000.
That’s because this mini classic Testarossa Spider now up for sale at a garage in Suffolk is one of just three in the world and is exactly half the size of a real one.
Described as one of the most expensive toy cars ever produced the detailed Italian-built model was manufactured exclusively for Harrods of Knightsbridge thirty years ago.
Garage owner Howard Watts said: ”It’s a real mini-classic, a unique little car with a terrific history – the makers had to get permission from Ferrari before they could build it.
“It was in a poor state and has taken us a year to get all the parts needed to restore it to its former glory and put it back into showroom condition.”
Howard, who runs Riddelsdell’s Garage in Boxford, added: “We are specialists in performance cars and have had many different makes and models in the garage but this unique little car is very special.
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“It cost an awful lot of money – £35,000 in 1987 when it was new – and was designed for a five to nine-year-old. It may be classed as a toy but it is beautifully built and engineered and the attention to detail is quite remarkable.
“I have a collection of classic and performance cars including Porsches and Jaguars and the little Ferrari has been a great ‘fun’ addition but now I want to work on another restoration project – on a full-size car.
“It needs a very young driver who will appreciate it and be able to use it – though of course it is not street legal and cannot be driven on the roads.”
Full-size Testarossas were built at the Ferrari factory in Modena between 1984 and 1991. They had a 12 cylinder five litre engine which developed 390bhp, reached 60mph in just over five seconds and had a top speed of 180mph.
A full-size Testarossa currently costs as relatively little as £90,000 – a 1991 example with 29,000 miles on the clock is currently on the market for £89,000 which is black and boasts a 500bhp race engine.
But a car of the same vintage that has covered just 1,000 miles is being offered for a quarter of a million pounds.