Eighties’ Redhead Goes Topless

Niels van Roij Design

If the headline didn’t get your attention then the sight of a Ferrari Testarossa being cut up surely will.

The mid-engined supercar was the centerfold star of many a young boy’s bedroom wall and now one fan is having his 1987 example turned into a targa by coachbuilder Niels van Roij Design.

The Dutch designer has become the go-to guy for one-off Ferrari conversions having previously created a Breadvan Hommage from a 550 Maranello and a Daytona Shooting Brake based on a 599 GTB.

This time there are still 12 cylinders in play, but in a flat formation behind the passenger cell and with the rosso engine covers looking like they’ll be on proud display. As well as cutting away a section of the roof work-in-progress photos show that the engine lid is being redesigned. In other images the front wings have been removed and the interior has been gutted suggesting that there’s much more to the design that just chopping the top off.

The car has been named the Guida Touring Sport and its development is being documented on van Roij’s social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram and X.

“This project exemplifies our dedication to pushing the boundaries of automotive design while paying homage to the rich history of this iconic sports car,” says van Roij. “The Targa conversion not only enhances the driving experience – just listen to that twelve-cylinder – but also celebrates the spirit of individuality and passion for bespoke automobiles.”

The project is a close collaboration with a British collector who lives in Andorra, so when the car is complete he can enjoy the fresh mountain breeze as he tackles the Pyrenees principality’s steep switchbacks.

Niels van Roij Design Ferrari Testarossa Targa 2
Niels van Roij Design


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    I was thinking what the hell am I doing when I chopped off the roof of my Fiero. I could only imagine a Ferrari.

    But it was worth it for the T tops I have and I expect this will increase the enjoyment of the Ferrari. As long as it is done right and no chassis flex.

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