1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257
Lot 230*
1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. 4257
£ 300,000 - 400,000
US$ 390,000 - 520,000

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1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation  Chassis no. 4257
1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Re-creation
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 4257
*Faithful re-creation of an iconic Ferrari competition car
*Constructed in the USA
*Ferrari 250 GTE chassis (shortened)
*Ferrari 330 4.0-litre engine
*Four-speed overdrive transmission

Footnotes

  • One of the most evocative model names in motoring history, 'Testa Rossa' (Red Head) was first applied to a competition Ferrari in 1956. So called because of its distinctive red-painted cam covers, the 500 TR sports car was developed as a less complex alternative to the Maranello firm's larger multi-cylinder cars and came, initially, with a four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine developing around 180bhp. For the Testa Rossa, a four-speed gearbox in unit with the engine and a live rear axle were preferred to the 750 Monza's five-speed transaxle/De Dion arrangement. Nevertheless, this somewhat simplified specification would prove no handicap, the Testa Rossa in its later twelve-cylinder form proving good enough to win the sports car World Championship three times between 1958 and 1961, only the combination of Aston Martin and Stirling Moss depriving Ferrari of the title in 1959.
    Built to comply with Appendix C of the FIA's sporting regulations, the 500 TRC appeared in time for the 1957 season equipped with full-width windscreen, passenger door, folding hood and spare wheel, all of which were then deemed necessary to comply with the definition of a 'sports car'. The first twelve-cylinder version - the 250 Testa Rossa - was built to conform to the new 3.0-litre sports car formula applied from 1958. Its development overseen by Carlo Chitti, the 250 TR combined the chassis of the 290 MM and the engine of the 250 GT. Launched in November 1957, the production 250 TR appeared with sensational bodywork by Scaglietti, the projecting nose separated from the wings by huge brake cooling ducts being a veritable styling tour de force.
    Developed progressively, the 250 TR gained a five-speed gearbox, disc brakes, independent rear suspension and an F1 Dino-esque shark-nosed body as the years went by, finally bowing out in grand style in 1962 when Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien won the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in the lone 330 TRI/LM entered. Total of the production of the pontoon-fender version amounted to a mere 21 cars: two prototypes and 19 customer versions.
    We are advised that this stunning recreation of a pontoon-fender Ferrari 250 TR was purchased circa 1990 by Russell Cowles of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, who had owned and campaigned a genuine Testa Rossa ('0732TR') throughout the 1960 season in North America. Based on a Ferrari 250 GTE (chassis number '4257') and carrying a glassfibre body, the car was purchased via Robert Bodin of World Ferrari, Long Lake, MN. It was Mr Cowles intention to enjoy 'Vintage' racing in a car which he hoped would provide many of the same sensations as the one he had owned over 30 years previously.
    The USA's Vintage racing regulations were more relaxed in the 1990s than now. The re-bodied car had a Ferrari V12 engine and clearly had the potential to sound, run and look almost as good as an original. It was discovered that the glassfibre body was one of perhaps three produced in Arizona, likely using an original 250 TR as a mould.
    Following his purchase, Mr Cowles spent the next two years attempting to correct the visual, mechanical, electrical, fuel, cosmetic and performance issues, and making the car safe and competitive for Vintage racing. Parts purchased and installed during this process included the correct Weber carburettors, intake manifold, accelerator linkage, fuel manifold, fuel lines and pump. In addition, a detachable roll bar was installed; a correct electrical panel fabricated; a set of correct instrument panel gauges obtained; a riveted aluminium 'period style' fuel tank fabricated; the correct gear shift tower installed; and the suspension settings adjusted.
    From 1990 to 1992, Mr Cowles competed in Vintage, FOCA and FCA events with this car in Wisconsin, Minnesota and California, often supported by World Ferrari. He was always careful to explain to anyone interested that this was a re-bodied car, even going so far as to apply 'recycling' stickers in each front air duct for some events! Following an engine failure circa 1992/1993, the Ferrari was sold, still with the original engine, '4257', to Gregory S Jones of Sewall's Point, Florida.
    The Ferrari was then sold to 'C E' in the USA at some time in the mid/late 1990s. It is understood that its new owner had Greg Jones install the engine from a 330 GT ('6533') into '4257', and that the original engine was sold separately, subsequently finding its way into another Testa Rossa re-creation. The car offered here was sold on by 'C E' in 1999.
    At present the Ferrari is set up for historic racing with a removable roll-bar system, onboard Halon fire extinguishing system, remote engine shut off, and an ATL safety fuel cell hidden within the original-style riveted aluminium fuel tank. The car has been kept in a climate-controlled showroom, maintained and driven to keep it in top condition (the carburettor accelerator and diaphragms were replaced earlier this year as they tend to harden with age). Despite its racing specification, this Testa Rossa has discrete indicators meaning that it is potentially road legal; indeed, we are advised that it has been greatly enjoyed on the road.
    With the asking price for one of the original 19 250 TRs around $40,000,000, making them among the most valuable cars in the world, this faithful re-creation represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of Ferrari's most sensational looking and iconic competition cars at a mere fraction of the cost of a genuine example.

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