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Ferrari 250 TR Evocazione Recreation 1961

General description : 1961 Ferrari 250 59TR Reconfiguration
s/n 2597GT, Engine no. 5203
Rosso Corsa with Blue Interior

The 250 Testa Rossa is quite simply the one of the most remarkable and important cars built by one of the most legendary marques. Thanks to their World Sports Car championship victories (including Le Mans in 1958, 1959, and 1961) and historical significance, 250 Testa Rossas are now so valuable that they are rarely used, depriving the public and their owners of the joy of experiencing them. Consequently, high-quality reconfigurations using Ferrari chassis, with Ferrari serial numbers, wearing alloy bodies, and using Ferrari mechanical components have garnered the interest of true Ferrari enthusiasts seeking the experience of some of the most significant automobiles ever constructed without the multi-million dollar price tags.

Though Bob Norwood is most famous for his outrageous turbocharged versions of various modern Ferrari road cars (including a 1178hp twin turbocharged F50), he also built four 250TR replicas during the late 1980’s. This is one such car, and it was executed with the consummate attention to detail expected of someone who takes some of the most desirable cars in the world and makes them almost surreally rapid. In keeping with that tradition, this car has been fitted with a tuned tipo 168 3-litre engine (from a 250 Lusso) and 4-speed transmission (from a 330GT 2+2), which make this car extremely quick. The cams appear to be more aggressive than the standard 330 GT spec, and the car also has a 6-carburetor setup as an original 59TR would be equipped. The car is built to high standards and is very correctly styled, though it feels dimensionally perhaps 2-3% larger than a Scaglietti Testa Rossa. The chassis basis and serial number are both from a 1961 250GTE.

The car was built to a high standard and remains in excellent condition. The paintwork has been recently redone to a very high quality and makes an exceptional presentation. The trim is very nice throughout, and the 16-inch Borrani wire wheels are in as-new condition with correct dimension 5.50 front and 6.00 16-inch rear period-type Dunlop Racing tires are fitted. The headlamps are Cibié items in excellent condition, reflecting the attention to detail, as do a number of other small items such as the leather hood straps and unmistakable clear carburetor hood scoop.

The interior is simple but evocative, with freshly reupholstered cloth blue bucket seats in the style of those fitted to 340 Mille Miglias, as well as a purposeful grey painted alloy dash with ample instrumentation. The interior is trimmed in diamond-stitched vinyl with black rubber mats. A special riveted wood-rimmed steering wheel is fitted, and an innovative full cockpit tonnuau cover is included in the sale.

The engine compartment is very clean and detailed, and the 6-carb setup is truly an impressive site. The valve covers have been painted red as is appropriate for the Testa Rossa model and name. The underside is similarly clean and detailed, showing correct finishes throughout.

This car is a blast to drive thanks to the four-speed gearbox and tuned engine, which is a full one third larger than the original engine would have been, while aesthetically remaining much the same. The disc brakes ensure that stopping is equally well accomplished, while the car performs otherwise as a Testa Rossa would. The driving position is very comfortable.

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 Italian competition built automobiles. More over, an increasing number of desirable venues (California Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand) have recently accepted the participation of very accurate aluminum bodied reconfigurations built from actual Ferrari chassis. This car would also be a welcome entry to vintage racing with HSR and SCCA Vintage, among others.

1961 Ferrari 250 TR Evocazione Recreation is listed sold on ClassicDigest in Emeryville by Fantasy Junction for $395000.


Car Facts

Car type : Car Make : Ferrari Model : 250 TR Evocazione Recreation Engine size : 3.0 Model Year : 1961 Sub type : Convertible Location : Emeryville


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About Ferrari
The first Ferrari road car was the 125 S introduced in 1947 and powered by a 1.5 L V12 engine, right?
Well it's not quite that simple, Ferrari did in fact produce e Tipo 815, in 1940. Tipo 815 was designed by ex-Alfa Romeo engineers Alberto Massimino and Vittorio Bellentani and by Enrico Nardi under Enzo's company but legal issues with the former associate Alfa Romeo prevented Ferrari from launching the Ferrari marque at that point.

Enzo did produce a series of fine road cars in the 50's and 60's but they were merely to finance his true passion racing, wheather GT/Sports car or Grand Prix. The 50's saw the birth of Ferrari's most memorable cars, 250 GTB (tour de France) 250 Testa Rossa, 250 GT swb just to name a few.

Under the surface tension was growing though. In November 1961 long-time sales manager Girolamo Gardini made an ultimatum to Enzo: if tensions continued, he would leave the company. As a result, Gardini was ousted, as well as Scuderia Ferrari manager Romolo Tavoni, chief engineer Carlo Chiti, experimental sports car development chief Giotto Bizzarrini, and a number of others who stood by them.
Without Chiti and Bizzarrini the development of what was to become the most quintessential Ferrari and today the world's most expensive car, 250 GTO, was at a pivoting point. 250 GTO project was saved by a young engineer Mauro Forghieri and long-time racing bodyman Sergio Scaglietti who stepped in and took over the program with known results.

In addition to 250 GTO, Ferrari launced such master pieces as 250 LM, 250P, 275 GTB, 365 GTB/4 "Daytona" during the the 60's
By the late 60's Ferrari's prototypes' success came to a sudden halt by a new competitor, GT40. Ford turned to Lola to produce a Ferrari beating long distance racer after Enzo had cut the deal off with Henry Ford II making the latter absolutely boil with fury. The collaboration between Ford and Lola created the mighty Ford GT40 that gave Ferrari some heavy hits in Le Mans 24 to come.
By the end of the 60's FIAT purchased 50% of the company, starting a development that has led to a new mass-produced era of Ferraris.

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