Stop the press! On May 21st 2011 RM Auction has featured one of the most impressive cars of all the time: a Ferrari 500 TRC Spider. The car was estimated to an impressive €2.600.000-€3.300.000 (or about $3,600,000 to $4,700,000 at the current exchange rates) and sold for a total of €2.800.000 - or about $3,990,000. This was one of the finest examples in existence with known ownership and successful racing history. The car is rarer than 250 TR and 250 GTO.

The 500 TRC was one of the most aesthetically beautiful, brilliantly engineered and efficient sports racing cars offered by Ferrari. It was revealed in 1957 and in the same year it claimed an impressive victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Another 500 TRC claimed a class win at the 1958 Targa Florio.

The 500 TRC was a modified version of the 500 TR (Testa Rossa) revealed in 1956 as a successor to the 500 Mondial. The car was created in order to obey the new FIA regulations that were introduced for the 1957 season.

Hit the jump to read more about the Ferrari 500 TRC Spider.

The exterior and the interior

1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider Interior
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The 500 TRC Spider is defined by clean and elegant lines and is regarded as one of the most beautiful sports racing Ferraris ever built. It marked the end of an era at Ferrari.

The car, which of course was designed by Scaglietti, was about 10 centimeters lower than the 500 TR. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful and seductive Ferrari racing spiders ever built.

The engine

1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider Drivetrain
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The car is being built on a chassis Type 518 C and engine Type 131 C. Motor, gearbox and transmission were identical to the 500 TR. One of the primary differences between the TRC and the first Mondial, in addition to reduced weight, was the rear axle: a coil sprung rigid axle instead of the deDion variety.

The 500 TRC was powered by a two-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 190 HP. The 500 TRC was the last four-cylinder sports racing car and was replaced by the 12-cylinder 250 Testa Rossa, which despite being more powerful was produced in greater numbers.


The car will be put on auction by RM Auctions on may 21st and is estimated to an impressive €2.600.000-€3.300.000 (or about $3,600,000 to $4,700,000 at the current exchange rates).

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Source: RM Auctions

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  (383) posted on 02.9.2012

Driving this car can make you feel the king of the road. The design is very sporty and aggressive. This is the most beautiful sports car Ferrari has ever made.

  (374) posted on 12.14.2011

This is absolutely the most beautiful Ferrari race car ever! I just noticed that it is also more expensive than the other vintage vehicle. Moreover, I wonder if what kind of engine did they use on it?

  (530) posted on 10.21.2011

Yes, race car are not just about its fancy designs and colors but also for its groundbreaking records in speed. I heard that before the latest race cars, these type of cars are the kings of racetrack and the run pretty fast.

  (474) posted on 07.27.2011

I want to know if this car is the original or the replica version? Comparing the speed performance of the car on the modern car, its power output is kind of less powerful.

  (484) posted on 07.27.2011

Racing car are not meant to be beautiful for its speed performance is the only thing that matter. I wonder on what was the most impressive lap time record of this vehicle?

  (397) posted on 07.18.2011

I don’t know what is about this 1957 Ferrari achieved but based on what they’re saying, this is an amazing car. It will be put in auction, which means that it has the name.

  (359) posted on 06.21.2011

Yeah, I have to agree that it has a beautiful look . And for a 1950’s car, this one is so cool though I haven’t try to drive it. And with the achievement of this car, well I guess its just a enough reason to make us drool over this car.

  (449) posted on 06.21.2011

At least the Aston Martin is not stocked in using a v8 technology. I really appreciate that they have considered to used a more modern technology like the V12 and I think it really helps a lot to the extreme performance of the car.

  (341) posted on 06.21.2011

haha. The platform and detailing of this car makes me to think that the 500 TRC Spider is one of the characters in the Cars 3D animated movie. I like the playful color of this car and I think its being a roadster adds to the cuteness of this vintage car.

  (1211) posted on 05.26.2011

Actually, they are not re-releasing these stuff. It is more like they are refurbishing the earlier models that are still available, so that a lot of folks will get the chance to see them.

  (619) posted on 05.25.2011

Yeah, you’re right. They have indeed been re-releasing quite a lot of the vintage Ferraris nowadays, which is something that I actually look forward to, since I love those cars.

  (412) posted on 05.25.2011

it is really no wonder how this one was able to become an iconic car for its time. For one, the body style is something that really will be easily remembered

  (334) posted on 05.25.2011

I have to agree that this is the most beautiful vintage racing car that I have seen.
And I’m glad to know that its very successful against its competitor.

  (600) posted on 05.25.2011

hmm. It seems that there are lot of Ferrari vintage car that’s coming out recently. Well, I do like this car. It looks like a animated car or a possible cast of Cars 2!

  (530) posted on 05.24.2011

Indeed, this one is just one of those cars that you only get to drool about. Whoever would be buying this would probably just put it on display in front of his lawn.

  (528) posted on 05.24.2011

Wow, this one is definitely one of my most favorite vintage Ferrari models. And I really love the racing colors that they have used for this one. No wonder it fetched a high price in the actions.

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