Forget the old saying “if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen em all,” toss it right out the window when it comes to the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (250 TR). On the lawn at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, twenty of the rare V12 beasts were fanned out on display at the far end of the field, likely the largest gathering ever in one location.
Some have christened the 250 TR as one of the most beautiful cars ever built, others find it rather ugly. Slap yourself if you are from the second camp, then proceed to the eye doctor for an exam. Either way to have all of these glorious cars together was quite spectacular.
We have noted designer Sergio Scaglietti to thank for those distinctive pontoon fenders. But this wasn’t the only body style, later in the cars short life span, Medardo Fantuzzi gave the cars a dramatic different look. For your viewing pleasure… Let’s begin with the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder all the way from Derbyshire, England. This was the second finished prototype car, also called a “mule” for the TR project. Raced at Le Mans 24 Hours and 12 Hours of Sebring, this is the ONLY unrestored Testa Rossa with its original engine, gearbox and bodywork. Here is the fourth 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder built and the second customer car. This 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder was a Scuderia Ferrari car (factory team car). The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder is the fourth customer car and sixth built overall and one of the few to suffer a mid-life crisis. It once had the original engine swapped for a Chevy V8 because it was easier to work on, cheap bastard. Fortunately it has been reunited here with its original frame and engine. The first owner couldn’t make a successful run with the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder, fortunately later owners had much better luck. Another TR with a mid-life crisis, this 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder has also been reunited with its original engine. Fresh from Hong Kong this 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder is one of the most famous of the Testa Rossas, driven by Phil Hill and Oliver Gendebien to finish first overall at the 1958 Le Mans. The sixth finisher in the 1958 Le Mans 24 Hours was this 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyder which was later owned by noted racing personality Alain de Cadenet. Six more 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyders, all unique especially in their lineage.
Now we experience an evolution in body styles. The cut-out fenders are gone, but the essence remains. This 1959 Ferrari 250 TR59 Fantuzzi Spyder had quite the racing career, Nurburgring, Sebring, Le Mans and more all under different drivers and teams. This particular 1959 Ferrari 250 TR59 Fantuzzi Spyder was a Ferrari team car initially which was later sold and driven by Phil Hill amongst others. The car claimed 10 victories in its youth. One of two Ferrari works cars, the 1959 Ferrari 250 TR59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder has the visual distinction of four side pipes. Another 1959 Ferrari 250 TR59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder with Phil Hill DNA also had a long racing career. One of the more remarkable cars both for its famous owner, Ralph Lauren and for wining at Sebring twice, this 1961 Ferrari 250 TR|61 Fantuzzi Spyder is quite a visual departure from its predecessors. Finally we arrive at number 20 on the field, and number two with the new shark-nose body. This 1961 Ferrari 250 TR|61 Fantuzzi Spyder won its inaugural race at the 1961 Le Mans, driven by Phil Hill and Oliver Gendebien.