1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype
The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype is an important and unique Ferrari model.
The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was the prototype version which began the Testa Rossa line, one of the world's most successful sports racing cars.
Built in 1957, the unique vehicle was initially based on a 290MM and was equipped with a V12 engine, de Dion rear axle and right-hand drive. It also features pontoon-fender coachwork by Scaglietti, and has an eight-year history of racing in some of the world's most famous events.
It made its competitive debut at the Nürburgring 1000km in which Masten Gregory and Olindo Morolli finished in 10th place. It went on to operate as factory team car 0666 TR, taking 3rd place at the Venezuelan Grand Prix and 2nd in the 1000kms of Buenos Aires.
The car has been in continuous ownership from new, with just two owners in 40 years after its racing career ended. It was restored to superb condition with its original, matching-numbers engine and 1958 NART livery, winning two Best in Class trophies at Pebble Beach, a Platinum Award and the TR Cup at Cavallino in the process.
The car is one of just two factory Classiche-certified TRs in existence.
2011 record sale
The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype surpassed the World Record for a classic car at auction with a $16.39m showing at a Gooding & Company sale in Pebble Beach, US in August 2011.
It was the most expensive classic car sold by any auction house in 2011.
"Being in the presence of the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype is a visceral and breathtaking experience unlike anything I've ever known," commented David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Company, prior to the auction.
The previous record for an auctioned Ferrari was a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, which made $12.4m at RM Auctions in Italy in May 2009.