Testarossa - 512 TR - F512 M
This page will describe all possible differences on 512 TRs, often related to the market or the year of production.
The early 512 TRs didn't have ABS, but it was introduced in early 1993 (near s/n 96400). This also resulted in a ABS button on the left side of the steering wheel (not present on US and Australian versions) and a ABS check light on the dashboard.
Early versions have the logo "testarossa" on the engine lid, but on later versions this logo didn't appear.
The change was done at assembly number 11516.
The "pininfarina" logo on the side (just in front of the rear wheel) on '92 and early '93 cars was in a "classic" style, while the logo on the late '93 and '94 cars was in a more modern styling, including the phrase "Designo Di". This was related to the fact that the production of the bodies was moved from Pininfarina to the Ferrari premises in 1993. A total number of 1381 bodies was made by Pininfarina (with 52 bodies in the year 1993), the rest was made by Ferrari.
Testarossa logo on the engine lid
Classic Pininfarina logo
Modern Pininfarina logo
Special 3-piece wheels could be choosen as an option.
Optional 3-piece wheels
The side markers on US versions (as shown below) were different than the ones on other versions, where there was just a small round indicator behind the front wheels (which can be seen on the photo above).
Blinkers on US versions
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Each car made after 1980 has a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), an unique number to identify the car. On 512 TRs, the VIN can be found on a small plate on the steering column and at the chassis in the engine room. On US versions, the VIN can also be found on a plate on the door. The VINs of 512 TR look like this:
|ZFFLA40C0000xxxxx||UK version (RHD)|
|ZFFLA40JAP00xxxxx||Japanese version (regular 512 TR)|
|ZFFLA40JPN00xxxxx||Japanese version (special edition called "512 TR Speciale")|
For more details about the VIN, please check the VIN Decoder.
At Euro, Swiss, Japanese and UK versions, the serialnumber is also printed on all the windows. The five-digit serialnumber is followed by three letters, which have no meaning, but which are stored in Ferrari's administrative system.
All 512 TRs will also have an assembly number, which can be found on a small plate at the right side of the engine compartment.
VIN on the steering column
VIN plate in the engine room (Euro)
VIN plate on the doors (US)
VIN chassis stamping
Known technical upgrades during the production:
- Updated alternator: AC Delco replaced by Nippon Denso (1993, from engine number 32438)
- Updated starter engine: Bosch replaced by Nippon Denso (1993, from engine number 34242)
When ordering a new 512 TR, the list of "options" was quite limited. Besides a choice for the colour for the exterior, the leather interior, the dash and the carpets (see the colours page for available colours), there were just three other options: a Schedoni leather luggage set (specially made for the 512 TR and consisting of 5 pieces), other 3-piece wheels (as shown above) and a spare wheel (as an addition to the inflation bottle which was part of the tool kit).
Schedoni luggage set for the 512 TR