25th July 1992 - Innes Ireland leaving the BRDC car park in his Ferrari 250 TR at the Christies Festival at Silverstone
The Ferrari 250 Testarossa (Red Head) needs very little introduction being one of the most evocative names in automotive history. These stunning sports racing cars of the 1950s won the sports car World Championship no less than 3 times between 1958 and 1961, a period that is largely seen as the golden era of motorsport.
First appearing as the 500 TR, with a 4 cylinder, 2.0 litre engine the model soon gained the iconic V12 engine as the 250 Testa Rossa to conform to the new 3.0-litre sports car formula applied from 1958. The dramatic early ‘pontoon’ styling was penned by Pinnifarina to allow for extra cooling to the brakes, although this was later changed to the F1 Dino shark nose style. The mechanics of the model were also developed over subsequent years to include a 5-speed gearbox, disc brakes, and independent rear suspension. The success of the TR ended in fitting style when Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien winning the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hour Race in the 330TRI/LM.
The car we offer here is a recreation of a 1959 Ferrari 250 TR and is one of only five examples commissioned and built by Jim Rose specifically for the famous Ferrari and Lotus works racing driver Innes Ireland. Superb in every detail with seats trimmed in his own tartan. Innes kept the car the remainder of his life, even using it as his wedding car, then on his death it was sold to Sir Anthony Bamford before later passing through notable collectors Michael Oliver and Andrew Pisker.
This car is the third of the 5 cars built, the excellent engineer Jim Rose constructed it in 1992 with the stunning aluminium body being faithfully recreated by Les Monk. The car is based on Ferrari 330GT '5333' so the engine is similar to the 330TRI that won Le Mans in ‘62 but with the gorgeous styling of the earlier cars. The 3,957cc V12 breathes via 6 twin choke webers, and drives through a four speed manual gearbox with an electronic overdrive. The car has been looked after and serviced by several of the top specialists having £35,000 spent on it in 2006 with DK Engineering and then having a major overhaul and complete engine rebuild at Jim Stokes between 2012 and 2015 at a cost of some £135,000. The car remains in stunning mechanical and cosmetic condition and is ready for immediate inspection.
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