The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa race barquetta, intended to replace the 500 TRC in competition, is one of the most desirable and rare cars of the brand, entered legend thanks to its many successes in the history of racing. The 250 TR is also one of the most highly regarded Ferrari cars ... Its exceptional design is the work of Pininfarina, the bodywork being manufactured by Scaglietti. Its name, Red Head, evokes the red color of the valves of its engine V12 Colombo which will dominate the world of motor sport in 1958, 1960 and 1961, winning in particular the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958, 1960 and 1961. The factory prototype of the 250 Testa Rossa appears on may 26, 1957 during the 1,000 kilometers of the Nürburgring, under chassis number 0666, the customer version being produced from november 1957. The latter will be distinguished from the prototype by a slightly modified left-hand bodywork and a gearbox mounted at the front. The very aesthetic and unconventional design of the 250 Testa Rossa Ferrari was primarily related to technical constraints, including the originality of the front wings that allowed to slightly cover the wheels, in order to ensure the brakes cooling. Abandoning the strongly cut wings for two openings on either side of the front air intake, the style will be softened for production.
The beginnings in the competition will be laborious following mechanical breakdowns and abandonment, especially with the team Olivier Gendebien - Maurice Trintignant at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1957. 1958 marks however the beginning of the consecration, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa winning the 1,000 kilometers of Buenos Aires, 12 Hours of Sebring, Targa Florio, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Nassau Trophy and positioning second to the 1,000 kilometers of the Nürburgring in front of three other official Testa Rossa. The 1959 to 1962 ranking is also impressive, with the Ferrari 250 TR winning the 12 Hours of Sebring, 200 miles from Riverside, 1,000 kilometers from Buenos Aires, 24 Hours of Le Mans (1960), Nassau Governor's Trophy, 24 Hours of Le Mans (1961), Seafair Trophy or Pink Cup of Portland in 1961-62 ... The Ferrari 250 TR remains the myth of Sport Prototype during this period.
The context of the time explains the success of the 250 Testa Rossa Ferrari. Indeed, after several fatal accidents at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1955 and the Mille Miglia 1957, the CSI decided to stop the escalation to the power that the Aston Martin, Maserati and other Jaguar, carried out, limiting to three liters the displacement of engines. Ferrari was already ready for this change with its Colombo engine (which already fitted the 250GT berlinette), which had a capacity of less than three liters for a long time, the Testa Rossa obtaining the title of World Championship of sports car manufacturers 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961. The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was driven by the Colombo V12 of the 250 GT berlinette and the project manager, Carlo Chiti, did not want to use a higher engine capacity because of the new regulations Sports-Prototypes. In order to achieve a performance of 100 horsepower per liter, this engine, achieved for the competition, was revised in depth, particularly at the cylinder head, so as to achieve a performance of 100 horsepower per liter for a light body with less than 800 kg, reaching the 270 km/h.
The automobile presented to you for sale is an exceptionally predicted vehicle, concourse condition, matching numbers. It is one of 19 built. The history of this Ferrari 250 Testa Rosso is well known and will be communicated to the new owner.