Join us for a moment in putting on our way-back hats, zeroing in on the late 1980s. Imagine that you're in your bedroom. Look over at the wall across from your bed. What car do you see on the poster? If you're anything like us, it's a Lamborghini Countach – in fact, it's a trio of Lamborghini Countach models in an array of colors. Oh, and there's also a 1:18-scale diecast Countach in black sitting on our dresser with its scissor doors locked in a skyward embrace.

Of course, the Raging Bull wasn't Italy's only great supercar from the 1980s, especially if you cast your lot at the temple of the Prancing Horse. The Ferrari Testarossa, as pointed out in the latest video from Petrolicious, is an oft unsung hero penned from the stuff boyhood dreams are made of. Far from a *ahem* red-headed stepchild, the Testarossa deserves a place in the minds and hearts of '80s supercar fans the world over.

Scroll down below to watch vintage car collector Joe Ventura talk about the Ferrari Testarossa with beautifully bright red Italian design serving as a fitting backdrop.


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      BB79826
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just saying the words "Ferrari Testarossa" takes me back to being a 5 year old and hearing about it from my friend, Matt. I got my first car mag subscription the next month, yep, when I was 5. I had no idea what made the car special, but it made me obsessed with cars at an early age. I can still see why. Oh, the star of my 80s dreams.... /nostalgia
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BB79826
        5 years old! Man, I\'m getting up there in years.
      montegod7ss
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm 35 now, but growing up in the '80s my room was all about the F40. I had posters, die cast, models, you name it. There are a lot of cars that I love, but I don't think anything will approach the F40 for me.
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @montegod7ss
        Dated a girl in high school whose dad had an F40. He let me drive it once. Amazing car. One of the Top 10 moments of my life so far.
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the late 80\'s, the car that invaded my imagination was the RUF CTR Yellowbird. I do have to say the popular posters in my dorm were the reflection of your favorite sportscar in red, a nice female form and I think a bottle of wine or champagne. Ah yes, the 80s!
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IOMTT
        ...and her hair was as wide as the fenders. I don't remember anyone shaming or ignoring the testarossa. I thought it was brilliant. I liked the smoothed wrapped front fascia. I loved the deep ribbed side vents. I mean really, when you think of the 1990s Honda riceboy body kits, what was more common? Scissor doors or rear fenders with ribbed sidescoops? It was verypoorly executed imitation, but it was done with a link to this car. And the Koenig specials. Remember the 928 Koenig with the huge rear wheels and the ribbed vents? I built a model of that car but chopped the rear end and put in tubbed rear wheel wells and Mickey Thompsons . Probably not what the Germans had in mind but it was cool.
          IOMTT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Drakkon
          I also remember the Koenig 911 RS that took second in the R and T top speed shootout after the CTR. I believe it went 201 with a wide body, so it made a ton of power.
      Eleyism9
      • 1 Year Ago
      What an excellent car! The only thing missing is a fresh coat of white paint.
      Dan Halen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crockett would approve!!!
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car was my favorite 80's exotic car,followed by the 959, then the AMG Hammer wagon.
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      learn to shift.....
      nsk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lots of whiners forget that the 512TR fixed many of the TR's ergonomic and mechanical shortcomings. The F512M went a step beyond that, and was supposed to prepare buyers for the 456. I've spent a lot of time in the original TR (not 250 TR but the '80s TR) and 512TR, and while the former is a little agricultural, like a Countach, the latter is really a modern sports car with proper brakes, working A/C, decent visibility, great butt-hands-feet feedback, and real power. That said, I'm 6'0 mostly legs and 175lbs, and the 512 is incentive not to get any fatter. I have to put the seat all the way back and, even then, my hair touches the ceiling. The pedals are canted inboard, but the position isn't as odd as it would seem after a few miles. My take is that as us twenty/thirtysomethings become aged and monied, these '80s supercars are going to replace domestic muscle as the megabuck cars at auctions. There's already something of a cottage industry devoted to making '80s European cars more comfortable (modern A/C, radio, power steering, etc), and that'll only evolve as demand continues to rise.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the first cars I ever payed attention to as a kid. Its proportions are something out of your wildest super car dreams. My white Testarossa hotwheel was definitely one of my favorites.
      Loosewheel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jesus, can that guy change gear or what... That was agonizing to watch.
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is great, AB and I, for one, really appreciate this whole video.
      samagon0
      • 1 Year Ago
      Iconic 80s. I would get one. I would also make my wife dress like 1985 cyndi lauper whenever we took it out.
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