This Man Built A 1959 Ferrari 250 TR From Scratch: Video
Many of us dream about owning a classic Ferrari, especially from the iconic 250 lineage, which includes cars such as the 1962-1964 Ferrari 250 GTO, the 1958-1960 Ferrari 250 California, or the Le Mans-winning 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. Unfortunately, these vehicles change owners for tens of millions of dollars, which puts them out of our reach. This was also the case for Peter Giacobbi, who ofted asked himself what his boyhood heroes Juan Manuel Fangio and Graham Hill experienced when they drove cars like the Ferrari 250 TR. He obviously couldn’t afford a real Ferrari but he didn’t give up and built his very own 250 TR from scratch.
He started off after he found a handmade aluminum body replica of the car. He then copied the chassis, had the dashboard and the instruments made, and sourced several other body parts. Though some things are different from the original, his 250 TR has many original parts, which he got from Ferrari owners. Because he couldn’t find an original 3.0-liter V-12, he used a 4.4-liter unit and modified it to resemble the 250’s.
Owning just a replica might be upsetting to some, but not to Giacobbi, who says the car helped him realize that his boyhood heroes were actually supermen. “They’re not only heroes, they’re supermen to have driven at the high speeds for the distances they did is an absolute miracle," he told Petrolicious. Check out the video above for more on this story.
A quick look back on the 250 Testa Rossa is enough to understand why Giacobbi has a crush on this race car. Built between 1956 and 1961 in just 34 units, the 250 TR went on to win several races in various configurations. The car triumphed three times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and four times at the 12 Hours of Sebring, on top of dominating just about any event they were raced at. The Testa Rossa was designed by Scaglietti and featured a spyder body style. Power came from 3.0-liter V-12 engines paired to four-speed manual transmissions. These units shared most of their internals with the rest of the Ferrari 250 series, but were tuned to deliver in excess of 300 horsepower. Often sold for as low as $4,000 in the 1960s, when they were viewed as obsolete race cars, the existing 250 TRs now fetch up to $16 million at auctions.