Director Michael Mann Boxed Up His Blue Ferrari Testarossa For 18 Years

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Must have been one hell of an unboxing.

Hollywood director Michael Mann is a Ferrari guy, specifically V12 Ferraris. As the creative visionary behind the likes of "Heat," "The Insider," "Collateral," and, of course, "Miami Vice" (both the TV series and feature film), Mann is unquestionably one of the greatest directors of all time. And now you can have the 1986 Ferrari Testarossa he once owned, as part of RM Auction’s Monterey event. It was delivered new to Mann back in 1986 and was in California until 1997, at which point it was placed in a storage container where it remained for a decade.

No reason was given why Mann decided to do this, but the car didn’t see the light of day again until 2015 when it was bought by a French collector, who had it shipped from the US to Maranello, Italy for a complete restoration.. This was one of those all-out, spare no expenses marque specialist restorations where, upon completion (to brand new condition, of course) a Ferrari Classiche certification was issued. In other words, the Blue Chiaro Metallizato over two-tone Creme and Blue Scuro Testarossa you see here is exactly what it looked like the day it rolled off the factory floor.

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The engine was fully rebuilt, the exterior received a repaint, and much more. What’s particularly interesting about this Testarossa, aside from its famous first owner, is that it’s supposedly the only US-spec "Monospecchio" (just one side mirror, unique to early Testarossas) delivered to the US in this color combo. Included in the sale is the car’s original books, tools and luggage. There’s no reserve on this one, and the auction itself will take place on August 18 at Pebble Beach. Photos courtesy of RM Auctions.

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