The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is not only a very beautiful but also a very expensive classic. In fact at a recent auction the prototype of the 250 Testa Rossa was sold at a staggering price of $16.4 Million.
With this it gained the world record for most expensive car sold at an auction! Smashing the previous titleholder which was sold in 2009, which also ironically was a 250 Testa Rossa. This car is a true racing icon and there is no doubt a racing car could be more beautiful than this.
Aside from its staggering grace the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa has been very successful. Proving itself during one of the world’s famous endurance races; the Le Mans 24 Hours. The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa won the Le Mans in 1958, 1960, and again in 1961 which makes it one of the most successful Ferrari's ever made. achieving its success thanks to the 3.0L V12 engine that produced a whopping 300 horsepower getting the car from 0 to 100km/h (60mph) in 4.5 seconds. It has an astonishing top speed of 270km/h (168 mph) leaving behind even most of today’s cars!
The Testa Rossa, meaning “red head”, earned its name thanks to the red paint used on the valve covers. Red being the only colour they had at Ferrari. The 250 Testa Rossa is a true masterpiece designed and build by Sergio Scaglietti. The fantastic design of the car was inspired by early formula 1 aerodynamics and the unique design came to existence because Mr. Enzo himself demanded bodywork that would aid in cooling down the problematic front brakes. Scaglietti himself said: “There were pods on the sides of the F1 cars, and while I wouldn’t call them aerodynamic, they went well. We used a similar idea by designing the body to bring air in towards the brakes to cool them. In many ways the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was a Formula 1 car with fenders.”. In total only 22 Testa Rossa’s were made (2 factory and 19 consumer), it is truly Ferrari’s Le Mans king. We can say that in 1956 the hands of Scaglietti made true art
. We truly have no words other than that this is one amazing and mesmerising car.