The 1986 Ferrari Testarossa that was driven by Michael Jackson in the 1987 Pepsi commercial “The Chopper” will be up for auction this week at the annual Barret-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Az.
This particular vehicle was converted into a drop-top version for the Pepsi commercial by the R. Starman Company out of Costa Mesa, California. The black Testarossa is powered by a 4.9-liter flat-12 that produces a powerful 390 horsepower and 361lb-feet of torque underneath distinct red valve covers that directly play into the vehicles name Testarossa, which means “red head” in Italian.
The Testarossa is best known for being featured as a supporting actor in the 1980’s hit television series “Miami Vice”. The Testarossa possess a very distinct wide-body shape with obnoxiously exaggerated side intakes that make the Ferrari Testarossa the quintessential ‘80s bad-boy supercar.