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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

In the Spotlight: 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Koenig – Controversy and Triumph

Controversy ONES - In the fast-paced world of high-performance cars, the definition of a supercar has dramatically evolved over the last few decades. Picture the 1980s and early 1990s, an era where exotic beasts like the Lamborghini Countach, Diablo, and Ferrari F40 reigned supreme, representing the pinnacle of performance and desire. Unlike today's tech-laden counterparts, these machines required drivers to rely on courage and skill, steering away from the crutch of electronic aids. 
 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Koenig. (Picture from: IconicAuctioneers)
Let's delve into the intriguing realm of Koenig Specials, a celebrated German tuning company that etched its name by elevating various Ferrari supercars with awe-inspiring modifications. 

Founded in 1977 by Willy König often spelt as Willy Koenig, the company's inception was fueled by Koenig's dissatisfaction with the performance of his Ferrari 365 GT4, leading him to embark on a modification journey.
Left side view of 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Koenig. (Picture from: IconicAuctioneers)
The alterations made to Koenig's 365 GT4 left an indelible mark on Ferrari enthusiasts. Many sought his expertise for additional upgrades on their cherished supercars. Take, for instance, the 1987 Ferrari Testarossa. Its original owner enlisted Koenig Specials for a dramatic transformation, involving a bodywork overhaul, installation of an anti-roll bar, widening of the wheel-track, and engine tweaks that catapulted its power output to an astonishing 800 hp.
Interior view of 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Koenig. (Picture from: IconicAuctioneers)
The Testarossa's second owner, not content with the initial modifications, returned to Koenig for further enhancements. Drawing inspiration from the Ferrari 512 M, modifications were implemented at both ends of the car, with a sizable rear wing reminiscent of the Ferrari F40.
Rear side view of 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Koenig. (Picture from: IconicAuctioneers)
However, these alterations irked Enzo Ferrari, prompting a legal notice demanding the removal of all Ferrari badges from the modified vehicle. Such actions are not uncommon when modifications deviate from the manufacturer's vision, as seen in other instances like the Ferrari F40 LM Barchetta.
Despite the controversy, global automotive enthusiasts embraced this distinctive creation. In 2019, the 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Koenig took center stage at the Tokyo Auto Salon Auction, commanding a final bid of an impressive ¥14,040,000 or $128,313 (equivalent to Rp. 1.089 billion). This auction result underscores the enduring allure of a modified classic, even when diverging from the original manufacturer's intentions. *** [EKA [16052016] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | KOENIG SPECIALS | ICONICAUCTIONEERS | CLASSICDRIVER | BINGOSPORTSWORLD ]
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