Maranello, 17 May 2009
RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, made history at the Ferrari
factory in Maranello today as a 1957 Ferrari 250 TR, chassis no. 0714TR
sold for €9,020,000 at the third annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event
to set a new world record for the most expensive motor car ever to be sold
Returning to its Maranello birthplace for its auction debut, the €9,020,000
sale price for 0714TR represents €1,980,000 more than the previous
auction world record which was set at the same sale last year.
“The historical significance of this car attracted a bidding war as collectors
from around the world - both in the room and on the telephone – competed
to secure one of the most alluring and iconic of all Ferrari racing cars,” said
Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe.
“The eyes of the world were watching today’s sale as cars of this quality are
so rarely offered to the market. The quality and the provenance of the Testa
Rossa speaks for itself and the price we achieved today is testament to
that. We are delighted with the result the car achieved today,” he added.
The beautiful and immediately recognizable Scaglietti-designed ‘pontoon-
fender’ 250 TR was produced from 1957 to 1958 during which only 22
examples were constructed. The Ferrari 250 TRs entered 19 international
championship races from 1958 through 1961 emerging with 10 victories
and earning them legendary status among discerning collectors, as well
as the honor of being one of the most desirable and competitive racing
Ferraris ever built. 0714TR was extensively campaigned in its day with
significant finishes at the world’s most important racing events including
the 1000 km Buenos Aires in January 1958.
Presented by RM Auctions in association with Sotheby's, Ferrari Leggenda
e Passione is the only auction of its kind dedicated to the Ferrari marque,
held at the Maranello factory grounds and endorsed by the Ferrari factory.
A 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta 0563GT sold for over $2.8mio.
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