Luigi Della Grotta was the original Ferrari importer for all of Canada, an owner of a factory authorized Ferrari franchise dealership, and founder of the first Ferrari Club in Canada.
This Testarossa was his personal car: a special order with special options, this USA / Canadian Version (U.S. 49-State Legal) was ordered through his own dealership and retained as his personal car.
When new, the car was driven by him and taken to various parades and shows with the Luigi Ferrari Club, and later the Club Ferrari Quebec, and it was frequently seen on display in his dealership as well.
The car remained unregistered from the time it was new until Luigi passed away in 2012. Purchased by its previous owner from Luigi's estate shortly after his death, it was registered for the road for the very first time just last year. Since then, the car has been regularly maintained and driven sparingly. Driven just under 4,900 kms since new, only 1,000 kms of which were accumulated by its previous owner.
Since its purchase from Luigi's estate, the car has been maintained by Monaco Ferrari services, a Ferrari specialist based in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, and run by Luigi's former chief mechanic, Ralph Mastromonaco. In April of 2012, the car received an oil change and new battery, and its fuel filter was replaced. In March of 2015, the car returned to Monaco Ferraris services, To receive a major service. The engine was removed, and its timing belts, valve-cover gaskets, seals, O-rings, shocks, and brake hoses were replaced. Receipts for both of these services, along with its original books, tool kit, and jack, accompany the car.