He did it again, YouTube personality and car researcher Scott Chivers, a.k.a Ratarossa found another abandoned classic Ferrari. For the uninitiated, Chivers is not afraid of getting their nails dirty and finds rare Ferraris to restore them to their former glory. In addition to finding them, his name Ratarossa comes from a Testarossa rat rod that he built from a rolling chassis.
Although he had built one in the past, this time around, Chivers wanted to find a complete Testarossa for himself. With the help of Abandoned Cars Puerto Rico, he managed to find a car. Incredibly, the owner was in possession of the Testarossa for his entire life and was ready to sell it.
The Ferrari had apparently been left on the island for 17 years. At a glance, the car looked rough at the edges, but did not appear to be a complete write-off. While the whole car needed a little work, there was room for everything and everything in its place. Being the skilled automotive restoration specialist he is, Chivers analyzed a tour video to see if the car was worth saving.
With the unpleasant condition from the outside, the biggest job was to repaint the entire car. Fortunately, all of the body panels looked straight and had no dents. In addition, nothing was missing in the car, which means that it could be separated if the restoration was unsuccessful. That said, the interior was not aging well. Heat and sunlight have destroyed most of the interior elements, which means that almost everything should be completely replaced.
All other things aside, the most incredible discovery is that the engine did not seize up during its dormant years. With good bones, the car was offered at a very good price of $ 30,000 (£ 23,822). With everything on the Testarossa being so expensive, Chivers could make a decent profit on just coins.
Although shipping costs kept Chivers away from the project, he offered to lend a hand to anyone who did. He says if the car was in the UK it would be a different story.