Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

0748TR 1958/may
250 TR Spyder Scaglietti, LHD
Date Result Event Driver # Reference
1958/may - Gotfrid Koechert, Wien, A - white nose band  
1958/may/15 1st S+1.5 Internationales Flugplatzrennen,
Gotfrid Koechert #1 FY58       
AMS 24/58 p27
1958/jun/01 10th OA
8th S3.0
fat. acc.
Bauer crashed
on in lap
1000km Nuerburgring Gotfrid Koechert /
Erwin Bauer
#12 TES p81
Ca9 p44 AMS 12/58 p25
1958 - rebuilt in Maranello on behalf of Luigi Chinetti  
1958 - (engine installed in 0716TR) this was never the case  
1958 - engine installed from either 0722TR or 0730TR  
1958 - Luigi Chinetti, NY, NY, USA  
1959/jul - Gary B. Laughlin, Ft. Worth, TX, USA (wildcatter)  
1959/oct/11 3rd OA
2nd DM
SCCA Regional Midland
Gary Laughlin #8
1959/oct/11 2nd OA
1st DM
SCCA Regional Midland
Gary Laughlin #8
1959/nov/08 2nd OA
1st DM
Oklahoma City
Petite Grand Prix
Gary Laughlin #8  
1959 dnf Shrevesport Gary Laughlin
1958-61 - campaigned by Laughlin  
1961/jul - Alan Connell, Ft. Worth, TX, USA  
1961 - engine removed and installed in Maserati Tipo 60/61 'Birdcage' s/n 2461
1962/spring - John W. Mecom jr., Houston, TX, USA - without engine  
1962 - Gary Wilson, Towanda Kansas  
196. - unknown engine installed
1962/jul/08 14th OA 6th CM RSCCA National Lake Garnett, CM, DM, EM, FM Gary Wilson #9
1963/sep/08 15th OA 4th IC Road America 500, Elkhart Lake Gary Wilson / Enus Wilson #19
1966/mid - L. Melcher, TX, USA  
1966 Galveston L. Melcher jr.
19.. - Kennedy, USA
19.. - unstamped engine with no. interno 13LM installed (leading to 0730TR)
1975/spring - Bob Fergus, Columbus, OH, USA - paid $25k  
1982 - completely restored by Fergus
1992 - Stanley Ross, 1660 W. Henderson Road, Columbus 43220, OH, USA - paid $4.5mio - asking $2.4mio +614-457-4104  
199. - restored by Stan Yates of Specialty Autos, Columbus, OH, USA
1996/jan - SMC, La Jolla, CA, USA  
1996/jun - Carlos Hank Rhon, MEX  
1996/aug - offered by SMC, La Jolla, CA, USA for $3.5mio C94 p1
1996/oct - offered by SMC, La Jolla, CA, USA for $3.5mio C95 p1
1998/may - asking $3.5mio  
1998/jul - Christopher Cox, Chapel, Hill, NC, USA - paid $4.0mio C113 p36-42
1998/sep Colorado Grand Chris Cox /
Ann Cox
1999/jan - Scott Rosen, West Hempstead, NY, USA - paid 0366AM & 1235GT & $'s asking $5.7mio  
1999 - engine (0752TR/no.interno LM 29) now with the car, 0730TR is installed
(engine came from Betz no. interno is for 0752TR)
1999/sep/13-18 Colorado Grand Scott Rosen /
Judy Rosen
2000/may/20-21 13th OA Ferrari Historic Challenge, Road Atlanta, race 1 Scott Rosen #34
2000/may/20-21 10th OA Ferrari Historic Challenge, Road Atlanta, race 2 Scott Rosen #34
2000/jun/08-10 Northeast Ferrari Rally Scott Rosen /
Judy Rosen
C119 p47, 49
2002/may - Ed M. Davies, Hobe Sound, FL, USA  
2003/jan/22-26 XII. Cavallino Classic Ed Davies C134 p32
2004/jan/24-25 XIII. Cavallino Classic Ed Davies
2004/aug/14-15 Monterey Historic Races, Laguna Seca Leslie Davies #71
2005/jan/20-21 3rd OA Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, Moroso Park, drum brake race Leslie Davies #7
2005/jan/22 XIV. Cavallino Classic Ed Davies
2006/jan/17-18 2nd OA Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, Moroso PArk, drum brake race, class 3 Leslie Davies #7 C152 p32
2006/jan/19-22 XV. Cavallino Classic Ed Davies
2006/jun/17-18 4th OA Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, Mt. Tremblant, drum brake race 1, class 3 Leslie Davis #7
2006/jun/17-18 3rd OA Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, Mt. Tremblant, drum brake race 2, class 3 Leslie Davis #7
2008/jan/25 6th Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, Moroso Motorsports Park Leslie Davies #7
2008/jan/26 XVII. Cavallino Classic Leslie Davies
2010/jan/22 4th OA Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, Drum race, Palm Beach Int. Raceway Ed Davies #7 C176 p30
2012/jan/19-20 1st IC XXI. Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach International Raceway, drum brake race Leslie Davies #7 C188 p31
2013/jan/24-25   XXII. Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach International Raceway, drum brake race Leslie Davies #7
2014/jan/23-24 2nd IC XXIII. Cavallino Classic Competition, Palm Beach International Raceway, Trofeo di Florida Leslie Davies #7 C200 p35
2014/aug/17 Class M-3 Pebble Beach Concours Ed & Leslie Davies    
Winter 1958
Due partly to the unavailability of any more “Customer” specification cars, Luigi Chinetti purchased three  damaged TR’s from the Ferrari Factory and commissioned rebuilds on them. Those vehicles were - 0666, 0746 and 0748 - at roughly the same time he commissioned the building of a final 335 Sport, s/n 0764 utilizing a similar Scaglietti "Pontoon Fender" design.
April 1959
Luigi Chinetti sells 0748 to Mr. Gary Laughlin of Fort Worth, Texas. Laughlin believes he is purchasing a  “new works specification 1959 model Testa Rossa”. Chinetti has superficial modifications
completed to 0748 while still at the Ferrari Factory. The actual vehicle remains relatively undamged with just the front left fender and suspension bent from Bauer’s accident. Chinetti has a “TR 59-like” perspex (forward   facing) hood mounted air scoop, faired-in windshield and “outside” type door hinges fitted to 0748. During these repairs the original engine from E.D. Martin’s 250 TR, s/n 0730 is rebuilt and reinstalled in 0748. (Then engine fitted to 0748 still has the correct internal number stamped by the Ferrari Factory corresponding to engine No. 0730 a fact further documented on the Ferrari Factory Assembly Data Sheets. Additionally this engine has numerous "Le Mans" scrutinering stamps on both the cylinder heads and engine block. (The engine from 0730 remains installed in 0748 to this day.  No previous owner of 0748 has ever reported an engine change. The engine from 0730 has been with 0748 since 1959.)
June 1959
0748 was completed and delivered as a new car to Gary Laughlin. Mr. Laughlin campaigned the car   actively throughout the South and Southwestern United States over the next several months.  On October 11th, he took second place at Midland, TX, edged by fellow Texan and friend Alan Connell who  was campaigning his new 335 Sport (chassis 0764). Laughlin continued to campaign 0748 through 1960-61 until the car was no longer competitive.
Summer 1961
Laughlin sold 0748 to Alan Connell so that he could take its engine and install it in his Maserati Birdcage  “Hybrid” racer. The engine was far too tired and needed a rebuild; so, he sold the car to noted local racing enthusiast and collector, Mr. John Mecom Jr.
Spring 1962
John Mecom had 0748 mechanically and cosmetically repaired and placed it on display along side his many prized vehicles including his 166 Barchetta and Grand Prix Bugatti. Mecom used  the car on regular occasion for nothing more than fun and never campaigned or raced the car  competitively.
Summer 1966
Mecom sold 0748 for an undisclosed sum to the Melcher family in Texas who enjoyed it over the next few years until minor mechanical ills forced the car once again into retirement. While awaiting necessary repairs they agreed to sell to an "East Coast" collector.
Spring 1975
0748 was purchased by Bob Fergus of Columbus, OH for $25,000. After a mechanical  inspection, sorting and general cleaning, Fergus drove it regularly; the car performed well without any major incident or mishap.
During a thorough restoration and rebuild, Fergus’s mechanics noted the extreme competition nature of  the engine, i.e. larger valves, competition cams, high compression pistons, numerous electron castings etc...


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