WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CAR? – 1957 FERRARI 250 TESTA ROSSA
This 1957 Ferrari 250 TR #0714TR will go to auction this spring in Italy, and it’s expected to top the $10,756,000 record set last May by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder.
The 1957 Ferrari 250 TR is one of only 22 of the very rare racers built, with Speed Racer-esque pontoon fenders, black paint with white numbers and a red nose, red seats with white piping, a gated shifter, and racing heritage that includes a fourth place finish in the 1000 km Buenos Aires in January 1958. It’s an absolute classic
“This legendary 250 TR is one of the most exciting motor cars ever to be presented in auction history,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe. The event will take place in Maranello, Italy on May 17, 2009.
“The Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event, now in its third year, is firmly established as the place to sell important road and race going Ferraris, and we are delighted to present this stunning 250 TR at its Maranello birthplace,” he added.
In December 1957, this car was delivered to its first owner, racing driver and future coachbuilder, Piero Drogo in Modena, Italy. Drogo debuted the car as a privateer in the celebrated 1000 km Buenos Aires in January 1958 with a respectable fourth place finish competing with such legendary drivers as Phil Hill, Peter Collins, Wolfgang von Trips and Olivier Gendebien. Following entries in the Grand Prix of Cuba and Portugal, the car was sold by American Ferrari agent Luigi Chinetti to Texas rancher and entrepreneur Alan Connell whose competitive driving skills and affluence afforded him several wins on the 1959 North American racing circuit. 1957 Ferrari 250 TR #0714TR continued its prowess on the track with subsequent owners and competed in its last professional race in June 1963 at the Elkhart Lake 500.
1957 FERRARI 250 TR GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
1957 FERRARI 250 TR ENGINE 128 LM 60º V 12
1957 FERRARI 250 TR ENGINE
Configuration Type 128 LM 60º V 12
Location Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction light alloy block and head
Displacement 2.953 liter / 180.2 cu in
Bore / Stroke 73.0 mm (2.9 in) / 58.8 mm (2.3 in)
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, SOHC
Fuel feed 6 Weber 38 DCN Carburetors
1957 FERRARI 250 TR DRIVETRAIN
Steering ZF worm and peg
Brakes drums, all-round
Gearbox 4 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive
1957 FERRARI 250 TR DIMENSIONS
Weight 800 kilo / 1763.7 lbs
Length / Width / Height 3959 mm (155.9 in) / 1523 mm (60 in) / 964 mm (38 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2350 mm (92.5 in) / 1308 mm (51.5 in) / 1300 mm (51.2 in)
1957 FERRARI 250 TR PERFORMANCE FIGURES
Power 300 bhp / 224 KW @ 7200 rpm
Torque 302 Nm / 223 ft lbs @ 6100 rpm
BHP/Liter 102 bhp / liter
Power to weight 0.38 bhp / kg
1957 FERRARI 250 TR – Nice Interior