Last June I had the privilege to receive an invitation from Ferrari to tour the factory, drive a new 599 GTB on the Fiorano test track — and attend the factory-supported auction of vintage Ferrari's conducted by our friends at RM Auctions. There I witnessed the sale of the most expensive automobile ever auctioned — the stunning black 1957 Ferrari 250GT Testa Rossa you see pictured here (serial #0714TR). With its voluptuous pontoon fenders, curvaceous hood bulge, sculptured flanks and streamlined headrest fairing, the Testa Rossa is widely regarded by my fellow cognoscenti as the prettiest Ferrari ever built. Credit goes to Sergio Scaglietti, the coachbuilding artist who conceived this sensuous shape entirely in his imagination. Now you can own a dead-perfect replica of this exact Testa Rossa in stunning 1:18 scale, executed by true motoring enthusiasts at CMC — fanatics for excruciating detail and authentic finishes. Red Head
— "Testa Rossa" is Italian for Red Head — an allusion to the shockingly red crackle-finish valve covers Ferrari only used on this racer. CMC faithfully captures that detail, along with the extraordinary extended front fenders that Scaglietti created to direct more airflow to the oversized front drum brakes for better cooling. CMC hand assembles each Testa Rossa from 1638 individual
parts, including the intricate metal tubular space frame; removable hood with spring-loaded racing clamps; V-12 engine with 6 Weber carburetors; perfectly scaled Borrani wire wheels with aluminum rims and hand-laced stainless steel spokes; working, two-lug, central-locking knock offs; metal exhaust; hinged hatchback housing the removable spare and stainless steel riveted gas tank; exactingly detailed dash and instruments, piped leather seats — and your choice of a brilliant and authentic Rosso Corsa
, or sinister Nero
in full-racing livery. Run your hands over the sleek and voluptuous metal body, and you'll immediately appreciate how Scaglietti's creation won three successive LeMans victories in 1958, 1959, and 1960, in the hands of legendary piloti
like Phil Hill and Oliver Gendebien! 9" length.