Can you guess how much this toy Ferrari Testarossa, on sale at a Suffolk garage, would set you back?
PUBLISHED: 12:03 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:23 13 August 2017
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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.
“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.