1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype Sold for $16.39 Million
As we have previously related the auction revealed a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype. At that time it was expected that the prototype could set a new record for all-time auction sale price. The 1957 Ferrari managed to surpass all expectations and was auctioned for $14.9 million at the Gooding auction in Pebble Beach, California. Adding in the buyers' premium, the final price is $16.39 million.
Thus, turning the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa into the most expensive car ever. The Testa Rossa prototype’s coachwork was breath upon by Scaglietti and has been described as “wild with Italian flair.” It comes with a V12 original engine and as a plus, it has a spare engine just in case. The cars has a well documented history given the fact that it had changed hands only two times in 40 years.
The car was assembled in 1957 and it competed in the Le Mans 24-hour Race as well as in endurance races in Argentina and Venezuela.
“This model won almost all races between 1957 and 1963. It’s an iconic car and an iconic design,” Marcel Massini, Ferrari historian, was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. The Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa prototype has revealed that you can't put a price on passion, after the hammer revealed the winner.