1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
A Symbol of Ferrari’s Golden Age and Testament to Sergio Scaglietti’s Genius
Behold the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, chassis number 0738 TR. Soon to cross the block at RM Sotheby's in Detroit, between the 21st and 23rd of February 2024, this automotive marvel is more than a car, it is a symphony of art, engineering, and history.
One of only 19 Pontoon Fendered variants, and birthed by the hands of the illustrious Italian artisan Sergio Scaglietti, 0738 TR is a testament to a golden age of automotive craftsmanship. Its racing pedigree is as distinguished as its lineage, boasting participation in nearly 20 races and clinching four overall victories, including a win at the 1965 Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix.
Having begun its journey racing in Brazil, this automotive phoenix later spread its wings to the United States in the1980s. And despite undergoing a metamorphosis of its body in the 1960s, it miraculously preserved its original drivetrain.
In the recent past, this mechanical masterpiece was lovingly restored by Ferrari Classiche, the guardians of Maranello's legacy, and was graced with the revered Red Book certification, a testament to the authenticity of its beating heart – an original engine and gearbox.
RM Sotheby's estimates its worth to be between $34 million and $38 million, placing it amongst the pantheon of the most cherished classic Ferraris ever. This auction opportunity is not merely a transaction, but an invitation to preserve a piece of automotive lore. For over a decade, 0738 TR has been the crown jewel in a prominent American collection, and opportunities to acquire a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa are about as rare as the car itself. All in, 0738 TR’s rarity and historical significance make it nearly on par with the Holy Grail for any serious Ferrari collector.