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Ferrari racecar prototype nets record price in UK

1957 250 Testa Rossa 'sells for 29 million euros'

05 February, 18:43
Ferrari racecar prototype nets record price in UK (ANSA) - Rome, February 5 - A legendary Ferrari racing car from the late 1950s became the most expensive car ever to change hands in the UK, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

The 1957 250 Testa Rossa prototype won a number of high-profile races and was driven by Formula 1 champion Phil Hill.

The red racer, ancestor to the 1980s commercial model Testarossa, was owned until recently by Dutch-born businessman Eric Heerema.

Derbyshire dealer Tom Hartley Jr. told the British newspaper he sold the racecar but did not disclose the identity of the new owner nor the price paid. A "well-placed source" put the price tag at £24.1 million (29 million euros), beating out the 2012 record sale of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, driven by racing champion Stirling Moss, for £22.5 million (26.2 million euros).

With black leather seats, sleek design and a top speed of 167mph, car experts say the mint-condition prototype could be the most important one of its kind in the world.