1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Recreation by Tempero
s/n 6301, Engine no. 6301
Red with Black Interior
Today, the original pontoon fendered Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas are among the world’s most historically significant and valuable cars. They are instantly recognizable as Ferrari’s signature sports racing car of the late 1950s and were exceptionally successful in international motor racing right from their introduction in 1957. Ferrari was victorious with the Testa Rossa at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958, 1959, and 1961. In total, just 21 pontoon fendered 250 TRs were produced- 19 of which were supplied to Ferrari’s customers and two were retained for racing by the factory. Today, the majority of the original 250 TRs have long since been acquired by sophisticated collectors and are financially out-of-reach for the general public, and even most collecotrs. It is no wonder that high quality reconfigurations, carrying Ferrari serial numbers and using alloy bodies, have garnered the interest of Ferrari enthusiasts who seek the experience of owning and driving one of the world’s most important automobiles without the astronomical price tag or tremendous responsibility of one of the original cars.
This particular car was built by Tempero, which has gained a reputation for craftsmanship when it comes to building recreations of some of the world’s greatest sports racing cars. It is meant to closely emulate Ferrari 250 TR s/n 0710TR, perhaps the most widely exercised Testa Rossa in the USA in period, and the only example to have been fitted with a detachable front nose piece. Using a dedicated custom chassis and a dimensionally accurate all alloy body, the car is fitted with a hot-rodded 330 GT engine with six Weber carburetors, backed by a modern 5-speed transmission. It has competition-type coil-over suspension, and four wheel disc brakes. Thanks to its light weight and 4.0L displacement, the car is a brisk performer, providing more than enough thrust to entertain the most experienced of drivers. The car was originally built in New Zealand over an eight year period. Once in the USA, it has seen periodic service work by Rod Drew’s Francorchamps of America, Inc., and more recently under the current ownership period, by Ferrari authority Patrick Ottis & Company in Berkeley, California. Patrick’s work included a complete engine overhaul and modifications to allow the transmission to be removed separate of the engine. An excellent used flywheel was mated to a new clutch assembly, and at the time of reassembly, the road wheels were balanced. The engine was dyno tested to confirm 298 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 274 ft/lbs of torque. The project was completed in early 2015, and invoices on file total just over $61,000 in expenses relating to the engine rebuild work.
The car has seen very few miles since completion and is thus in excellent condition. The paint work was well done and shows no noticeable signs of damage or wear. The wheels and trim are excellent as well, and the car is full of evocative detailing such as the leather hold down straps and racing type external alloy fuel filler.
The interior is very Spartan, with no upholstery other than on the seats, which were just done and are accordingly excellent. The trademark gated shifter is present, as is a full complement of instruments, which faithfully capture the feel of the originals. The large wood-rimmed steering wheel completes the aesthetic of the interior.
The engine compartment is very impressive with its red valve covers and six carburetors with velocity stacks. It is of course very clean, and the level of craftsmanship and preparation is very high. It has obviously seen little use since completion and looks as-new. The rear compartment is also very Spartan, with the tubular construction of the chassis and body sup support evident. It is clear that the car has only what is necessary, providing very light weight and a very pure automotive experience.
The car is very exciting to drive. Its light weight and tuned engine make it extremely quick, while the gearbox is pleasantly modern and trouble-free to use. The brakes are capable and the suspension well resolved. A look under the car reveals the extensively triangulated chassis, which is both more rigid and responsive than an original.
This is a very fast and enjoyable car to drive that will be a wonderful way for the new owner to enjoy the feel and performance of one of the world’s most historically significant competition automobiles ever made. This particular example could simply not be duplicated at the price asked. Indeed, there exist very few Ferrari alternatives that are equally as exciting or evocative, and the new owner is sure to enjoy the car very much.
This car is titled in California as a 1957 Ferrari. Offers encuranged.