Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Headlines RM Monterey Auction

1958 Ferrari 250 Pontoon Fender Testa RossaRM Auctions will offer a rare 1958 Ferrari 250 ‘Pontoon Fender’ Testa Rossa, serial number 0738 TR, at their 25th annual Sports and Classics of Monterey auction, held August 12-14, 2010 at the Portola Hotel in Monterey, California.

Considered one of the most highly-sought-after and iconic of all Ferrari racing cars, the beautiful and unmistakable Scaglietti-designed ‘Pontoon Fender’ 250 Testa Rossa was produced from 1957 to 1958 during which only 21 were constructed, including 0738 TR. Delivered new to Brazilian Jean-Louis Lacerda Soares, 0738 TR was raced for several seasons in South America under the Esquardari Largatixa banner where it recorded a number of successful finishes. For the past 14 years, 0738 TR has been extensively campaigned in its yellow and green Brazilian racing colors, recording numerous wins and podium finishes at the world’s most prestigious historic racing events. (Estimate Available Upon Request).

“RM’s recent record-breaking Monaco sale coupled with the steadily improving economic climate demonstrates the ideal time for the debut of this rare and coveted Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa at auction in Monterey this August,” says Rob Myers, Chairman and CEO, RM Auctions. “In May 2009, during a period many considered the depths of the global recession, RM set the current world record price for a car sold at auction with another pontoon-fender TR (chassis 0714 TR) selling for $12.4 million. That result was a true testament to the demand for these iconic Ferraris and is indicative of the strong potential for this example to set yet another auction record.”

Continuing RM’s global leadership in the presentation of historic Ferraris at auction – holding seven of the top 10 all-time auction records for the marque – 0738 TR is joined by no less than 22 other exceptional vintage Ferraris in Monterey. Notable entries include:

— Covered headlamp 1959 Ferrari LWB California Spyder, s/n 1489 GT, (Estimate $2,750,000 – $3,250,000) delivered new to Prince Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia;
— Rare 1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica, s/n 1323 SA, (Estimate $1,600,000 – $2,200,000) one of only 12 Series III Superamericas built;
— Fully-restored 1957 Ferrari 250 Pininfarina Spyder Series I, s/n 0979 GT, (Estimate $1,600,000 – $1,900,000);
— Multi-award-winning 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast, s/n 8565 (Estimate $800,000 – $1,000,000).

In addition to this selection of Ferraris, RM’s Sports & Classics of Monterey sale presents a collection of blue-chip automotive marques, from sports and racing to the best of American classics and European coachbuilt automobiles. For a full list of auction offerings, visit www.rmauctions.com/montereycarlist or call +1 519 352 4575.

1958 Ferrari 250 ‘Pontoon Fender’ Testa Rossa, serial number 0738 TR – Photo Gallery

1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Front
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Front
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Front Right
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Front Right
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Side
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Side
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Engine
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Engine
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Engine Detail
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Engine Detail
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Engine Valve Cover
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Valve Cover
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Exhaust
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Exhaust
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Fuel Cell
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Fuel Cell
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Interior
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Interior
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Interior
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Interior
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Interior
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Interior
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Detail
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Dash Detail
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Dash Detail
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Dash Detail
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Gearshift
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Gearshift
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Gauges
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Gauges
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Right Rear
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Right Rear
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Rear
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR Rear
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR
1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 0738 TR

[Source: RM Auctions; photo credit: Tom Wood © 2010, courtesy RM Auctions]

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    1. Michael , It will depend on the cars history , 0714 had a very good documented one , and as we all know that makes a huge difference , but if this car ” checks out ” It should sell for a little less than 0714 , anyhow that’s my $00.02 worth , a funny aside check out the video of the sale of 0714 at one point the color man says ” this is a one in a life time chance to buy a real 250 TR ! ” LOL !

  1. Lovely car and I’ll watch with interest in Monterey when it rolls over the block. I have rich memories of the pontoon fender TRs as my father owned the 290MM based 250 TR prototype in 1962, sn 0666 and the only de Dion rear suspension TR.

    As a 7 yo boy, rides in the car were as petrifying as they were exciting. The gearbox whine, the valve train whir and the exhaust snarl all were overwhelming. I could barely see over the cowl and stared at the relay boxes while hanging on for dear life.

    I have a feeling sn 738 will sell for slightly more than the $9,500 our car fetched in 1962.