June 5, 2012

1957 Ferrari 625 sells for €5 million in Monaco (20 PICS)


The car is one of only two factory-built 625 TRCs in existence - designed by Enzo Ferrari as an out and out racing machine back in late '50s - and is the rarest of all the 'TR' Ferraris ever produced.


What is the Ferrari 625 TRC Spider and how much does it cost?


This is a 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider and it's just sold for a very cool €5,040,000 at RM Auctions' Monaco Historic Weekend. The car is one of only two factory-built 625 TRCs in existence - designed by Enzo Ferrari as an out and out racing machine back in late '50s - and is the rarest of all the 'TR' Ferraris ever produced.

'TR' refers to Testa Rossa, or Red Head (relating to the engine's cam covers), while the 'C' relates the sub-section of the racing rules it was designed for - there's a bundle of papers fully documenting the stunning Ferrari's provenance, too.

The 625 TRC was dubbed 'the prettiest Ferrari ever' (who are we to argue with that?) by Prancing Horse historian Richard F. Merritt - 'a timeless, downright breathtaking execution of Italian motoring passion, married to one of the greatest sports racing chassis of all time.'

But the car didn't always look this good. In 1982 the 625 underwent a full restoration, removing the Chevrolet V8 that had been installed - replacing it with an entirely more appropriate Ferrari V12 tuned to Testa Rossa spec - getting a re-spray in Italian racing red and gaining its full-width windscreen.

This 625 TRC uses a 320hp 3.0-litre V12 engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox - as it's a 55 year-old relic, you're going to need immense precision with your input to get the perfect gear change, or very deep pockets for the expensive rebuild if you don't.



The 3.0-litre motor wasn't the first engine to power the 625 TRC, however. The car originally used a 2.5-litre V12 - a proper Ferrari racing engine from the Type 625 LM racing car.

Amazingly, the original power plant was sold alongside the car as part of the lot - because one screaming Ferrari V12 is never enough...

The 625 is in excellent condition, as you'd hope if you were paying over €5 million on a car. Every winter it's been put away for hibernation with its fluids drained to stop any furry corrosion build-ups. The interior is, er, interesting though. For the price you'd probably expect the finest leather - instead, you get beige corduroy upholstery. Nice.

All the same, it can't detract from the stunning shape of the thing. Car designers may have a whole heap more safety legislation to contend with when creating a new model today, but computer designed, wind tunnel tested modern metal just can't compete with the 625's stunning bodywork.



Probably why the Ferrari exceeded its top end estimate of €3.7 million by another €1.3 million, then. When the gorgeous red skin of a classic Ferrari gets under yours, any rationality in terms of price goes out the window, it seems.

Which is exactly what happened in the Monaco sale room - the 625 TRC created a bidding frenzy between potential suitors, bumping its price up to make it one of the most expensive Ferraris of all time.

The car's matching chassis and engine (although not mated together) made it a particularly attractive proposition for one undisclosed wealthy - and very lucky - car collector, as did its history.

American Ferrari dealer John van Neumann bought the car new in 1957, racing it with a good degree of success. F1 racing driver Richie Ginther - who proclaimed the 625 TRC to be 'the best handling and easiest Ferrari to drive in a race' - later campaigned the car, finishing first at Laguna Seca in 1958.

















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