1957 Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa

May 3, 2019 | On Show

Photos: Johnny Miles

While Ferrari is best known for its V-12 race cars, it also built 4-cylinder racers from 1953 to 1957.  The final iteration of its 4-cylinder racers was the 500 TRC, which was powered by a 2-liter engine that produced around 190 hp, although two additional examples were built with 2.5-liter engines and given the model name 625 TRC. This is one of those cars. Both 625 TRCs were actually purchased by West Coast Ferrari importer and racing driver John von Neumann, thanks to his close connections with the company.

After successfully campaigning the car in Mexico and the United States, von Neumann decided it still needed more power, and in 1958, he installed a 300-hp V-12 from a Testa Rossa. Over the course of its competition history, this “hot rodded” Ferrari TRC won over half of the 50 races that it competed in. This statistic makes it the most winning Ferrari road racer of all time.

Today, this car is a part of the Bruce Meyer Collection, and it is on display as part of a special exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles entitled “Winning Numbers: The First, the Fastest, the Famous.”

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