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1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
The "Red Head" - an all-time classic, an icon, a legend... and the most expensive car ever auctioned
About this creation

Me and the Testa Rossa

It was in summer 1987 when my parents and I - aged 9 - spent our vacation at Lake Garda, Italy. There, in the small town of Sirmione, my father presented me with my very first modelcar (not Matchbox etc.): a Ferrari Testa Rossa in 1:18.

Although there were times when I thought "Come on, that's a vintage car...I'd rather have an F-40!", I always loved the TR's enchanting design with these flowing pontoon fenders.

The years went by and I almost lost my interest in cars for a while, focusing on aircrafts and so on.

But times change, not people. When Sven and I started this MOCpage and made the one or the other Ferrari, it became crystal clear that on one day in future the legendary TR will be a part of it....

About a month ago, Mattyy666 started a contest, aimed at building an Italian car which is not a Lamborghini or a Ferrari - since (due to the official LEGO® sets) Enzos, F430s, Gallardos and Murciélagos are mushrooming in the this community. A great idea based on facts! Hm, there are lots of other Italian brands and beautiful lines around - hm, maybe a Fiat Multipla? Naa...must be a sportscar... Well, several cars came to my mind and I'm sure sooner or later you'll see some of them.

Anyway, I had just started a project (another Ferrari you'll see in a few moments from now) when the contest was announced. So stop working on that one and get some new ideas - *sigh*. BUT luck was on my side: in view of several requests, rules were changed - you can build a Lambo or a Ferrari as long as it's not 1. one of the above mentioned or their derivatives and 2. no one has build it yet in the scale you choose.

YESSS! My chance had come... and finally, here it is:

Historical background

...might bore you since it is very long. Anyway, if you are interested I recommend the accordant entry on Nevertheless, here are three interesting facts regarding the Testa Rossa:

The TR (in different models) became one of the most successful race cars ever, leading Ferrari to win several Sports Car World Championships and in 1958, 1960 and 1961 three victories at the 24 hours du Mans, with the Belgians Paul Frère, Olivier Gendebien and the American Phil Hill on the wheel.

A total of 19 vehicles were delivered to private racing teams (like N.A.R.T), four more were built for Scuderia Ferrari itself. In 2009, a black 250 Testa Rossa Pontoon Fender was sold for 9.02 Million Euros (approx. 12.5 Million US Dollars) at the famous "Leggenda & Passione" auction at Maranello - the highest price ever achieved by a car.

With its successes, its unique beauty and elegance, the Testa Rossa touched off a fascination still present with racing enthusiasts around the world. Contrary to the most Ferraris, the TR was not designed by Pininfarina: Sergio Scaglietti started his work on the body design, giving the Testa Rossa its distinctive feature that soon became a trademark: its extremely drawn in front fenders. This breath taking design secured the Testa Rossa a place in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts...

Overall views

Completely studless...

True, the front fenders aren't perfect...but I can live with it.

Bird's eye view

To liven up the "rosso corsa" paintjob I opted for a sweet racing stripe


Extra lights for nightracing... you know, 24 hours include darkness

Large air scoop. I actually "built" the hood emblem... well as the "Scuderia Ferrari" crests.

The actual car's exhaust tube exits the car just behind the front wheel and then divides into two pipes attached on the lower side skirt. Very complicated and clunky to replicate in LEGO®, so I decided to go with only one tube per side.

16-spoke rims (Ha,ha,ha!)


Openable doors...

...give view to a piece of frame structure.

A wooden steering wheel, gear lever and a few gauges... leather seats provide some comfort

All opened

No hinges here! Simple cowlings do their job, are lighter and easy to remove

The rear holds the tank. No spare tire, though...

The engine

The "Type 128 LM" is a naturaly aspirated 3-liter V-12, producing an output of 300bhp. 6 Weber carburettors, as usual... the valve covers were painted red, hence the name "Testa Rossa", Red Head.

Top speed: 270 kph!

In the garage

At first, I tinkered with the idea of posting this pic as "Work in progress"

Blast from the past this sepia effect

Still with me? OK, then click "full screen" & enjoy a quite emotional slide show and a touch of opera ;-) Well, you know "Leggenda & Passione"

I hope you enjoyed this third contribution to the "Galleria Storica" and the first one based on an actual car. Feel free to comment, discuss or criticize & thanks for your time.

MOC by Jens

In remembrance of Phil Hill (1927 - 2008)


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  November 9, 2014
Awesome job! 6/5
  May 29, 2013
Awesome build! This is my all time favorite Ferrari! :D They have one at the Boston mueseam of fine arts?!?!? When i go to Fenway Park I'll have to go :) The shaping on this is great! :D But i thought you were like 18 or something XD
  December 5, 2012
Amazing work!
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  September 4, 2012
Looks great - shaping these old cars out of LEGO is always challenging - you've done an amazing job! I love all the background information, thanks for sharing.
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  June 18, 2012
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  May 29, 2012
It is truly a pity that these images are no longer available due to the MOCpages crash last year. Would it be possible for you to re-upload the photos? This car is really amazing. You have a vast amount of talent! -LB Jr.
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  July 10, 2011
As per the previous comment; this is absolutely beautiful - one of the most beautiful cars on MOCpages in fact. Anyway, the reason for the repeat comment is this project group:, which might be of interest to you - I'd love to have you part of Scuderia Ferrari
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  April 6, 2011
Very nice indeed! I've got a 1:18 diecast model of this too, its a beauty. keep up the good work! I'm new to this site and have just added a few MOCs please check them out and leave me some comments/feedback. Cheers Tomaso
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  February 25, 2011
Great model, and fenders are always some of the hardest parts to do;-) But they look good, so does the nose, and I love the wheels. I think I'll order some of these in chrome.
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  December 16, 2010
Yay, somebody else who makes old cars ! And you've done a really good job, too :) That yellow shield was a good idea - I should have used something like that for my Alfa, would have looked much better. - Dan
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  December 6, 2010
Nothing can describe how beautiful this is... -Jan
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  December 3, 2010
There are a ton of cool things about this car. I think my favorite is the windshield.
  December 3, 2010
Contest Scores: building quality 24/25 usage of parts 24/25 features 21/25 overall build 23/25 Total Score 92/100
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  December 2, 2010
FINALLY! Someone has made a '57 250TR! I just challenged Firas to be the first a couple weeks ago! This is outstanding. It would have been cool if you could use SNOT techniques on the sides to get it a little rounder, but it's still great :D (By the way, you should make another in White and make the Mach 5 from Speed Racer!)
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  December 2, 2010
Outstanding! such good detail for a smaller car. Very nice
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  December 1, 2010
Great! Very well detailed like always. Great job
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  December 1, 2010
Lovely tribute video, especially the part that features color transition.Combined with 'Nessun Dorma', the result is nothing but excellent.Nice car also.
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  December 1, 2010
O.M.G. You guys...
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  December 1, 2010
Thank you, friends! @ T.K.: D-Type? Hm, maybe one day...but i LOVE Italian cars. But there might be a different Brit-car soon (the idea is growing on me!) @ Ape Fight: I know what you mean, but it's astonishingly sturdy. I tried to integrate a steering to increase playability, yet the front fenders hindered me. @ Mattyy: Well, I'm not Enzo Ferrari... I don't have to win. The greatest win for me is to see some friends enjoy my creation(s). But our little contest esteemed me to finally build the Testa Rossa
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  December 1, 2010
Fantastic! The curves and the shape are excellent, and I love the idea to use the yellow pieces for the Ferrari emblems. Also, cool wheels. This is another masterpiece, great work!
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  December 1, 2010
Fantastico! Nice scale model and cool pictures. I watched the movie and this is a true dedication to the very early Testarossas. What do you think about my Ferrari 599 the movie too, it might be something recommendable for you.
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  December 1, 2010
Beautiful model. The detail you get into these medium scale cars is genius. The only thing that isn't really to my tastes is that this, like a lot of super fiddly models, looks really fragile (i.e not that playable), but as work of art on a shelf absolutely a 10/10.
  December 1, 2010
Score... Building quality-23/25--Usage of parts-20/25--Features-25/25--Overall build-23/25--Total score-91/100! Great Score!!
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  December 1, 2010
Well done!
  December 1, 2010
no doubt you will win. ;) It a bit similair in techniques to the car you posted a few days ago but that's a great thing because it rocks!! Great ine a perfect beauty without any faults I can notice (: you've cracked it !
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  December 1, 2010
contst score:100/100.You are the winner! why you dont jujde?
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  December 1, 2010
very beautifull car.i l love old ferarris=)
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  December 1, 2010
WOW! I can't believe how good this looks!
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  December 1, 2010
A masterpiece! A truly amazing car, have you ever tried building a Jaguar D-Type? Its my all time favorite and would make a great model if you decided to branch out from Italian cars...
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