Not-so mellow yellow Testarossas auctioned this May

Silverstone Auctions offers two iconic Ferraris at its May Sale

Spandex, cassette tapes and Ferrari Testarossas -  all defining items of the 1980s, and all waxing and waning in popularity according to how fashionable the decade’s style is at any given moment.

Right now, Testarossas in particular are big business, with prices on the rise. Two are coming up for auction at Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale on May 23, and one of which is quite familiar to readers of evo.

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That car is a 1986 Testarossa painted a vibrant shade of Giallo Fly, with just 45,000 miles on the clock and estimated at between £80,000 and £100,000. Eagle-eyed readers may note it’s the same car driven by Henry Catchpole in evo 185, albeit photographed here wearing its previous Swiss numberplates.

The car was originally sold in Switzerland and finished in Bianco, but a respray early in its life brought about the current hue. It’s been meticulously maintained, features its original 1980s Pioneer stereo and has a three-piece luggage set – as well as the distinctive single, high-mounted.

While time has diminished the car’s impact on paper – 385bhp, 361lb ft, 5.8sec to 62mph and 171mph, for the record – its styling is as dramatic as ever.

Whether you consider the later F512 M an improvement or not is a matter of personal taste, but the 1994 example also up for sale with Silverstone Auctions has similar impact in Giallo Modena.

One of only 501 made worldwide, the two-owner car has spent much of its history in Japan and is expected to reach £280,000 to £330,000 later this month.

Both are sure to retain their appeal long after spandex and cassette tapes have gone out of fashion...

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