I too used to find the testarossa to be ugly and the 512 M to be the ugliest version. I hated the front bumper, and the wheels, where as the taillights and expose headlights I could live with. I think mine being black helps hide some of the ugliness.
However, over the last couple years the car has really grown on me aesthetically. Now when I look at a regular testarossas or 512TR's they look slightly more dated to me. And the overall wedge-shaped or silhouette is gorgeous, I will look for it but I have a picture of the car taken at sundown and it looks like a shadow against the night sky, an amazing silhouette. Will post it when I can dig it up
I am torn between a 512TR and a flying mirror Testarossa.
A 512TR in bianco/tan would definitely move me though. Just would have to figure out how to get a personalized plate that says COCAINE.
Between The Last Dance and the recent ISSIMI/Carmudgeon episode on them, as well as Harry Metcalfe’s videos, I suddenly have a renewed interest in these cars. Looking at BaT, they’re in the mid-$100k range now, down quite a bit from the origins of this thread. Anyone else suddenly have this particular itch?
... Oh, did I forget to mention it has 98k miles? So, when does the S2K go on Craigslist?
The first model car I ever built was a Testarossa, seeing one hits this pang deep down where I would definitely buy one over many other "better" cars, they're just spectacular. The one you posted Vad literally frustrates me, I need to whip something into shape to make more money
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I'm envious of you all out in California immersed in the car culture. It feels like a car-culture wasteland out here sometimes unless you're into American muscle.
https://www.fantasyjunction.com/ Really cool spot, but I can see why ISSIMI drew him away.
NorCal car culture is pretty great, but SoCal has us beat by a hair. Before 2020 went all nuts, there wasn't a weekend where there wasn't something going on that was worth waking up early for. I tend to get up at 5:30-6am on the weekends to go on a drive, hit up a good CnC, take a drive to a CnC, go to a shops open house, etc. You should fly out for a RADwood and check it out sometime.
And yes, we will be heading out there as soon as things shape up. I spent a ton of my teens and early twenties in the Santa Ynez valley visiting friends, and am usually in LA or SF once a year. I rarely get to do much car stuff, though, as it's all work. My wife, who is from NY, has never been to California, oddly, despite having travelled extensively. I worry she will fall in love. I actually just applied for a job at a college near LA... Who knows!
Also as much as I like their show, there is a bit of snobbiness that certain cars aren’t worth their time discussing, that you don’t get from a Leno or a Harry, and it is a little off-putting (like their show “911s are too common get something else”). I mean I get it but jeez.
Shoot me a PM next time you make it out here and I'll drag some other TCL'ers and my usual crew out and we'll have fun one morning.