Harrod's Most Expensive Toy - Agostini Ferrari Testarossa

Images by Warren Page

Howard Watts
By Howard Watts

in 1987, Itallian toy maker Agostini were licensed by Ferrari to make a miniature Ferrari Testarossa for children. Exclusively available in Harrod's, this was the most expensive toy they ever sold - £34,680! For a toy!

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Only 3 of these unique Ferrari’s were ever sold, with one going to the middle east, one to Essex, and the location of the final car is unknown. While it may have been half the price of a real Ferrari Testarossa at the time, this car was certainly worth its money…

Howard found this example in the ownership of a customer, who surprised him with the Ferrari when looking at buying back a Skoda estate. Howard was offered the car, and it has lived in his collection since, with the car undergoing restoration work to reinstate its original glory, including a full leather retrim, and special short pile carpets from Germany.

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The Agostini Testarossa was made to be a fully working miniature car, and has an impressive spec sheet;

Colour - Rosso Corsa with Creme leather interior
Tubular frame chassis
Fibreglass composite body, with working catches for the doors, bonnet and boot
Fully rose jointed adjustable independant wishbone suspension
Hydraulic disc brakes
Rack and pinion steering
Variomatic belt drive transmission with differential axle - forward and reverse gears.
Briggs & Stratton electric start petrol engine
Fully functional flip up headlamps with dipped and high beam
Working dials and lights
Cast alloy road wheels

 The time has come for Howard to part with this car, and it is now up for sale at £75,000.

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You may have seen Howard and the car featuring on ITV News Anglia, and in the East Anglian Daily Times.

All photos are copyright Anglia Press Agency, taken by Warren Page.