1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa “Pontoon Fender”

By Rob Harvey
By Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager - Bridge Classic Cars

In February, a select group of individuals will be presented with a very special opportunity to become the new owner of one of Ferrari’s most iconic and desired models, a 1958 Ferrari 250 “Pontoon Fender” Testa Rossa. Celebrated for the beauty of its design alongside its now legendary racing legacy, this automotive icon will be a once-in-a-lifetime addition to someone’s collection.

The auction, hosted by RM Sotheby’s, will take place in Blenheim, Canada. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful automotive creations of all time, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa comes with a staggering valuation of $34,000,000 to $38,000,000 (approximately £27,000,000 – £30,000,000).

This particular example, Chassis no. 0738 TR, is one of only 19 crafted by the renowned Italian coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti. As well as being a stunning car to look at, 0738 TR has an impressive record on the track too. With nearly 20 period races and four overall victories, it was in active competition for over a decade. Recently restored in 2013, at Ferrari Classiche, it was awarded full Red Book Certification and is one of the very few TRs that retains its matching engine and gearbox

The importance and desirability of this special classic will obviously draw attention. With this in mind, the auction will be hosted through Sotheby’s Sealed, providing potential buyers with the opportunity to competitively bid in a private setting.

Shelby Myers, Global Head of Private Sales at RM Sotheby’s said “I have always believed that the 250 Testa Rossa should be the most desirable automobile in the world, especially in the context of Ferrari. When compared to the most revered prancing horse model, the 250 GTO, the TR far outpaces the GTO’s competition record. It revolutionised the World Sportscar Championship and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans an unprecedented four times; it is also much rarer in terms of the total number of cars produced. Its rarity, open-top experience, and iconic ‘pontoon fender’ design, present in only 19 cars, elevate it to the level of Michelangelo and Bernini’s art. No world-class collection is complete without the masterpiece that is the Ferrari 250 TR, the epitome of rolling art. These opportunities rarely come up, and it is fittingly offered through Sotheby’s Sealed, our most exclusive acquisition method,”

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