1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

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0704 TR

Car Highlights

One of Only Three TR58s Built Featuring Envelope Bodywork, Transaxle, and DeDion Rear End. Only Two Remain.

Campaigned Exclusively by the Scuderia Ferrari Works Racing Team During 1957 and 1958

Driven In Period by Hill, Collins, Hawthorn, Gendebien, Seidel, Trintignant, Ginther, and Von Neumann

Overall Winner at Sebring and Buenos Aires

Subsequent US history with Von Neumann and Jerry Grant

Part of the Henry Ford Museum Collection from 1967 - 1997

The Only Unrestored 250 Testa Rossa Extant

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Current Owner (2020)

24 Hours of Le Mans, 1957 - DNF

Grand Prix of Sweden, 1957 - DNF

Grand Prix of Venezuela, 1958 - 4th Overall

Buenos Aires 1000 Km, 1958 - 1st Overall

12 Hours of Sebring, 1958 - 1st Overall

Targa Florio, 1958 - 4th Overall

Nurburgring 1000 Km, 1958 - 2nd Overall

24 Hours of Le Mans, 1958 - DNF

LA Times Grand Prix, 1958 - 5th Overall, 1st in Class

A racing machine evoking sheer power and intoxicating beauty, the 250 Testa Rossa was built by Ferrari in various iterations from 1957 through 1961. As purpose-built competition cars, they were intended to contest, and win, the FIA World Sportscar Championship, and, of course, the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. Through the model’s years in racing, Ferrari managed to secure wins at the most important events of the time, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the Targa Florio.

Between 1957 to 1958, the majority of Testa Rossas built for customer use were pontoon-bodied, featuring a four-speed gearbox, four-wheel drum brakes, and a live rear axle. The few cars employed by Scuderia Ferrari during this time utilized a De Dion rear axle, and came in right-hand drive. Ahead of the 1958 Le Mans, this 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, chassis 0704 TR, was updated to the newly designed envelope body by Scaglietti, which clothed a total of just three examples.

0704 TR was campaigned exclusively by the Scuderia Ferrari works racing team during 1957 and 1958. It was driven in period by some of the most important names in motoring, including Phil Hill, Olivier Gendebien, Maurice Trintignant, Peter Collins, Mike Hawthorn, Wolfgang Seidel, Richie Ginther, and John von Neumann. The victorious Testa Rossa won the 1958 12 Hours of Sebring and Buenos Aires 1000 Km outright, and also participated in the 1957 and 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 1958 Targa Florio, and the 1958 Nürburgring 1000 Km. It would go on to join the Henry Ford Museum Collection, where it remained for three decades from 1967 to 1997.

In more recent years, 0704 TR was notably displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 2014, where it was awarded a number of accolades. Additionally, in winter 2009-2010, 0704 TR was featured as the cover car of Cavallino magazine’s issue #174.


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