1956 Ferrari 500 TR

1956 Ferrari 500 TR

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

typeRacing Car
built atMaranello, Italy
engineTipo 131, Twin Ignition, Inline-4
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed2 Weber 40 DCO/3 Carburetors
displacement1984 cc / 121.1 in³
bore90 mm / 3.54 in
stroke78 mm / 3.07 in
power134.2 kw / 180 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output90.73 bhp per litre
bhp/weight264.71 bhp per tonne
torque204.73 nm / 151.0 ft lbs @ 5500 rpm
driven wheelsRWD
front tires5.5×16
rear tires7.0×16
front brakesDrums
rear brakesDrums
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs
r suspensionLive Axle w/Trailing Arms, Coil Springs
curb weight680 kg / 1499 lbs
wheelbase2250 mm / 88.6 in
front track1308 mm / 51.5 in
rear track1250 mm / 49.2 in
length3937 mm / 155.0 in
width1638 mm / 64.5 in
height965 mm / 38.0 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
top speed~225.3 kph / 140.0 mph