Thursday, March 23, 2023

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

The Ferrari TR, or 250 Testa Rossa, is a race car built by Ferrari in the 1950s and 1960s. They were introduced at the end of the 1957 season in preparation for Le Mans and World Sports Car Championship races from 1958. The cars dominated their competition, with variations winning 10 World Sports Car Championship races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958, 1960, and 1961.
In all, thirty-four 250 Testa Rossas were built, from 1956 through 1961. The phrase Testa Rossa means "red head", a reference to the red valve covers.
The original 250 TR had unorthodox bodywork by Scaglietti. This model is often called the "Pontoon" TR.

More orthodox bodywork came in 1958. The 250 TRs of 1960 and 1961 were dominant racers, obliterating the competition. The 250 TR is among the most valuable cars in the world. In 2011, a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for $16.39m. A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for a record $39.8m in 2012.
Candy tycoon Giorgio Perfetti in 2012.
The protagonist is a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. “Lucybelle” competed in the 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans. #0732 placed 7th. A car worth millions and with an important history, most would keep it permanently in an air conditioned museum with all possible comforts. Beating the crap out of this historic icon on ice is an offense. One might tell this too rich terd that this is a race car and he looks like a big homosexual. Pffffft.

Information suggests S/N 0732 TR has been owned since January 1992 by Giorgio Perfetti in Switzerland, who got the car from Kerry Manolas in Australia.