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Ferrari Testa Rossa expected to fetch $US10 million


This magnificent 330 TR1/LM that America’s first world champion Phil Hill and Belgian Olivier Gendebien drove to victory at Le Mans in 1962 will be auctioned at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy, in May.

The 330 is the only 4.0-litre Testa Rossa built, and the last Testa Rossa sports racer made by Ferrari. It’s also the last front-engined car to take overall victory at Le Mans.

The Testa Rossa’s estimated price at auction is between $US8 million and $US10 million. It was the car in which Gendebien and Hill scored their third Le Mans win in a row. All
were in front-engined Testa Rossas.

The 1961 victory was scored in a car that looked essentially similar to the car being auctioned. It had the same shark nose grille that Ferrari used on its works Formula 1 and sports racing cars that year. It also had a high-backed body with chopped off Kamm-style tail, and the high windscreen required by FIA rules.

As well as winning Le Mans, the duo won the 1961 Sebring 12 hour race in the same 3.0-litre Testa Rossa.

The Rodriguez brothers, Pedro and Ricardo, raced a similarly-bodied Testa Rossa in the 1961 Le Mans.

For 1962 and the new prototype class, Ferrari fitted a 4.0-litre V12, and the racing Testa Rossa had a lower, sleeker windscreen.

The Testa Rossa is one of several Ferrari competition cars being offered by Canadian firm RM Auctions.

The May 20 auction, titled Leggenda e Passione, will return the Ferraris to the factory for the first time in years. It’s the first European sale by one of North America’s leading classic car auction houses.

The one-day auction will also highlight more than 100 lots of important racing memorabilia from Ferrari’s own archives.

Canadian-based RM auctions has established operations in Europe with offices in New Bond Street, London.

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