1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa sells for $6.4M (video)
The ‘prettiest ever made’ 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider, was sold at auction for a stunning $6.4 million, so has become one of the world’s most valuable cars.
Images credit RM Auctions
The 1957 racer was originally fitted with a 2.5-litre engine but now has a 3-litre V12 engine which develops 320bhp, after a full restoration in 1982.
1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider:
320 bhp, 2,953 cc Tipo 128 SOHC per cylinder bank V-12 engine, six Weber 40 DCN twin-choke carburettors, alloy four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, nine-inch differential, live rear axle with parallel trailing arms and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic finned aluminium drum brakes with steel liners. Wheelbase: 2,250 mm (88.6″)
• One of only two stunning, factory-built 625 TRCs ever built; fully documented provenance
• Bought new by famed racing driver and pioneering American Ferrari importer, John von Neumann
• Successful period and vintage-racing history, including such luminaries as Richie Ginther
• Single ownership in California for over 30 years; expertly restored and race-ready
• Accompanied by original, very rare, matching numbers Type 625 2.5-litre Ferrari racing engine
To call Ferrari’s TRC for 1957 “one of the prettiest Ferraris built”, as preeminent Ferrari historian Richard F. Merritt put it, is surely an understatement. It is a design without fault—a timeless, downright breath-taking execution of Italian motoring passion, married to one of the greatest sports racing chassis of all time, and in this particular car, complemented by an aggressively unmistakable, shiver-inducing exhaust note that the trained Ferrarista’s ear will immediately peg as that of a proper “Testa Rossa”.
Source: RM Auctions
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