The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Tour: 60 Years of the TR
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.
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