The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Tour

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This week has been the time to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the famous Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. Ten of these rarest of the rare racing cars gathered in Utah and Colorado to crisscross these states over some 770 miles in a truly unusual gathering. The car above is one of the last 250TRs built and was the outright winner of the 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien. All of these cars were powered by various iterations of Ferrari’s famous three liter V12.

The earliest 250TRs were two prototypes entered by Scuderia Ferrari in a series of races during 1957 with the model formally announced near the end of the year. In 1958 a number of examples were raced both by the Scuderia and by private entrants. The works cars usually had de dion rear suspension with a rear transaxle while the customer cars had a front-mounted gearbox and a live rear axle. Here is one of the first of the “pontoon” nose customer 250TR

 

 

 

 

A new version was announced for 1959 with an offset motor and was updated in 1960. This example, carrying n. 11, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in that year.

Now enjoy some more examples of the 250TR.

  

  

  

Photos ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing the beautiful images of the TR Tour. One of my top three picks for the most beautiful sculpture in racing. One of the favorite shots I took was of Richie Ginther in the von Neumann pontoon nose at Santa Barbara while standing about 15 feet from the beautiful twelve cylinders as they entered the turn three right hander. No doubt why my hearing is what it is. While comparing images one day with one of our Great Automobile Historians, Jim Sitz, we discovered we must have been touching shoulders at that same turn in 1956. I also have a picture, with Jim in the background behind Richie in another 250 TR, at Hour Glass. Small world time. Thank you Allen R. Kuhn

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  2. jimmsitz@gmail.com · · Reply

    Bravo to the men who arrived in their rare Testa Rpssa cars in Colorado.!

    .Back in 1957, I had the pleasure to see the pair of prorotypes in debut at the Nurburghring and again in Sweden…

    But I did wonder why Ferrari waa fooling round with 3 liter cars alongside their 4 liter 4 cam cars

    Obviusly Comm, Ferrari had an eye on the future or some advanced knowledge of FIA plans that became issued in Paris in October that year,

    Faithfully

    Jim sitz

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  3. Jack Brewer · · Reply

    Thanks for the great pictures. It’s always a pleasure to receive your emails.

    All the best,

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  4. Jeff Allison · · Reply

    Peter-

    First, this comment is an opportunity to thank you for providing me your weekly photo and words, which I enjoy immensely. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos and knowledge of motor racing…

    I’ve been living in Colorado and enjoying its beauty for more than 30 years. There are few things that can enhance that beauty except maybe the sights and sounds of ten 250 TRs scrambling up and down the hills (well maybe, the 250 GTO would too!). It must have been surreal!

    Regards-Jeff

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