The Most Expensive Retro Cars and their Scale Models
3. 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Price: $12.2 million
Sold by: RM Auctions
Year of Sale: 2009
There are only 21 other cars like the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, but none of them was quite so expensive in the year it was sold in. While the 1958 Testa Rossas won 10 of the 19 international races that they participated from 1958 and 1961, this particular vehicle never finished better than fourth. However, the car’s finest quality is not its speed but its sheer beauty that gets highlighted from its body made by Sergio Scaglietti, the famed Italian automobile designer. The car boasts pontoon fenders, which is said to have been one of Scagliettis favorites.
Have a look at Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1958 Scale 1:18 perfectly restored and painted in deep black with a flamboyant red/white border on its nose, the car with the starting No. DM124 was offered at “Leggenda e Passione,” an auction that took place in Maranello, Italy in May 2009. The bidding went as high as 12.2 million dollars, and the car changed hands. Is there better proof that the fascination with Testa Rossa is still going strong?
Please enjoy this CMC model which is replicated true to the original. And this one is affordable to you. Chassis No. 0714 went into the manufacturing of the second Testa Rossa, which was earmarked for Mr. Piere Drogo, a gentleman from Venezuela. In early December 1957, the new car was delivered to him in Modena, Italy. He intended to pilot it in as many races as possible.
One of the modifications he made was to install an additional air inlet underneath the doors so as to improve the cooling of the rear wheel drum brakes. His first race took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in January 1958. Since then, more than half a century has passed. In the course of time, Testa Rossa (meaning “Red Head” in English) became a most successful and best-known Ferrari model of all time.
A sharp, detail-exact replication of the cockpit and dashboard complete with instruments and controls. The seats are covered in real leather and framed with beige stripes. No less faithful to the original is the steering wheel with three slotted spokes.
To build this 1:18 scale CMC model, it takes 1,640 single parts in addition to the extraordinary handcraftsmanship that puts them together. The authentic replication of this model also makes it time-enduring in terms of value and collectability.
Limited to 5,000 pieces worldwide. Hand-mounted from 1,640 parts. The red /white border on its nose and the metallic silver cover of the headlights are distinctively characteristics of the chassis number 0714.