So yea, Ferrari’s are hot, fire snorting, blisteringly fast and powerful supercars. That said, naturally you’d think with their racing pedigree and history that none of the engines of the past would have a powerplant with anything less than six cylinders. Nope, you’re wrong.
Just recently, a rare four-cylinder 1957 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa was set to be sold at an auction and is expected to reach $4 million for its selling price. Yes folks, that’s right, a genuine, factory designed four-cylinder Ferrari.
History says that the Ferrari 500 TRC Spider, as in Testa Rossa Type-C, was one of the last four-cylinder models ever built by the Prancing Horse in Maranello. The engine was originally designed by Aurelio Lampredi for Formula Two and was later adapted to Ferrari’s racing prototypes.
The application of the four-banger, when it was developed for Monza in the Ferrari 500 TRC made it the first to bear the Testa Rossa name. And while the styling is similar to that of the famous 250 Testa Rossa, the 500 TRC is far more rare with only 19 examples ever built over the duration of one year. That makes it even rarer than the 12-cylinder powered 250TR and 250 GTO.
Displacing 2.0L and employing a dual-overhead-cam setup, or DOHC, with two Weber 40DCO/A3 carburetors, Ferrari’s racing derived four-banger developed 190hp, very similar to what 2.0L four-cylinders are like today.
This particular 500 TRC, internally dubbed the 0670 MDTR, was the sixth one ever made for a customer in Sicily who then used it to compete in several races around the world back in the day.
Set up for auction at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the 0670 MDTR Ferrari 500 TRC is expected fetch anywhere in between €2,600,000 to €3,300,000 or $3.6M to $4.6M. Well, darn – so much for charging it to my AMEX Black Card.
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider:
– By: Chris Chin