• Mar 17, 2008


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There are go karts, and then there are go karts. This is the latter – the Ferrari Testarossa of go karts, with specifications to match. When it was originally offered in the booming 80's to luxury consumers with too much money, it sold at such premium stores as FAO Schwartz and Neiman Marcus for more than $50,000. Over twenty years later, the St. Louis Car Museum & Sales is offering one for less than half that.

The hand-built Testarossa kart is powered by a 5hp Briggs & Stratton engine coupled to an automatic transmission with two speeds plus reverse. It features an electronic ignition, a Momo steering wheel with working horn, CD stereo, fully functional lights and signals (including retractable headlights), an independent suspension, hydraulic rear disc brakes and adjustable seats, all backed up by a 12-volt electrical system. The fiberglass-bodied kart measures 111" long and at 615 lbs will top out at 30 mph. Check it out in the gallery below – interested parties can follow the link to contact the dealer. For more interesting repli-karts, see our previous posts on the miniature Ariel Atom, Baby Bugatti, and Alfa Romeo kart.

[Source: CollectorCarTraderOnline.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember seeing these in FAO Shwartz. They were really impressive. I remember there was an suv one too, but can't remember what kind. They had to put these on a large platform to keep people out of them, or from moving them around.
      • 6 Years Ago
      5 HP and 615 pounds counts as "go"? Whoever thinks this is high performance should graduate up to something faster, like maybe a donkey tied to a skateboard.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really cool toy! I can't see myself paying the tag on this one though. Wonder if you can find one of these at a seized auto auction? You know some kid had to go screaming through a 10mph school zone and tick off the police!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      For 50 grand I'd expect much better crafted interior. That one looks like it has been put together by two teenagers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the buyer supplies their own Iron Duke 4cyl I'm sure they could sell it for 30k in Italy...
      • 6 Years Ago
      whos going to be first to up the engine?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember seeing this as a kid too. It was so awesome. I miss the 80's!
      • 6 Years Ago
      These were made by Agostini, They made a beautiful 1;1.5 scale countach as seen here:
      http://news.caradisiac.com/Photos-du-jour-Agostini-Countach-Junior-815
      • 6 Years Ago
      Believe it or not, i actually got to sit in one when i was about 10 if my memory serves me well. I felt like driving it ryt out but hell would have to freeze over before my dad would buy me such a toy at that age.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Watch Ferrari sue this guy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The F40 was the ultimate go kart.