1. The 1956 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa - the most beautiful car ever?

You don't have to be 50plus or even a man to enjoy beautiful cars. I certainly know that I have lusted after fast cars for much of my adult life. In the following series of articles, I will be sharing with you some of my favourite cars. So where do we start? Well for me we could certainly do a lot worse than the 1956 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. Beauty and the beast all in one magical package of automotive perfection.

It’s not surprising that some of the most collectable - read expensive - classic cars of all time are also the most beautiful. The racing Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is one model that ticks both boxes, being extraordinarily rare and eye-wateringly pretty.

"The aluminium bodied roadster was the follow-up to the successful 750 Monza and featured Ferrari’s then state-of-the-art 3.0 V12 Colombo engine shoehorned under its tautly sculpted bonnet. In its heyday, the 250 TR won 10 World Sportscar Championship races including three Le Mans 24hrs and the Targa Florio.

Just 22 examples of the 250 TR were built, the early cars with bodies by Scaglietti featuring unmistakable ‘pontoon’ front wings on either side of an F1-style nose. From 1959 Pininfarina revised the body for greater aerodynamics with a swoopy sportscar style front end."

This quote comes from an article which first appeared here in Autotrader

The stats:

  • V12. ENGINE.

  • 2953.21 cc. TOTAL DISPLACEMENT.

  • 221 kW. MAXIMUM POWER @ 7200 rpm.

  • 270 km/h. TOP SPEED.

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