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1956 Ferrari 500 TR

As a replacement to the 500 Mondial, the TR was Ferraris first Testa Rossa. Translated to ‘red head’ in Italian, this name and would go on the grace some of the best and highest achieving Ferraris. Later models included the 500 TRC, the V12 625 TRC and the well known 250 Testa Rossa.

The 500 TR picked up where the 500 Mondial left off. It was intended as a customer car to be raced against cars like the Maserati A6GCS and Jaguar D-Type.

Much of the engine design remained the same as that on the 500 Modial, but the chassis was entirely different. Ferrari moved the transmission up towards the engine, with a live axle type rear end. The move to a live axle seems a step backwards, but the simplicity of the suspension provided for increased reliability and adjusting.

The engine used in the 500 TR was the Lampredi-designed inline-4. After a brief period in fomula racing, the Inline-4 eventually made its way into sports cars, first appearing in the 500 Mondial.

The red example seen above was chassis 0650 MDTR. It was auctioned by Bonham & Brooks in 2001 with a selling price of 720,000 USD.

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In Detail

type Racing Car
built at Maranello, Italy
engine Tipo 131, Twin Ignition, Inline-4
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed 2 Weber 40 DCO/3 Carburetors
displacement 1984 cc / 121.1 in³
bore 90 mm / 3.54 in
stroke 78 mm / 3.07 in
compression 8.75:1
power 134.2 kw / 180 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 90.73 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 264.71 bhp per tonne
torque 204.73 nm / 151.0 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
driven wheels RWD
front tires 5.5×16
rear tires 7.0×16
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs
r suspension Live Axle w/Trailing Arms, Coil Springs
curb weight 680 kg / 1499 lbs
wheelbase 2250 mm / 88.6 in
front track 1308 mm / 51.5 in
rear track 1250 mm / 49.2 in
length 3937 mm / 155.0 in
width 1638 mm / 64.5 in
height 965 mm / 38.0 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
top speed ~225.3 kph / 140.0 mph