Friday, 15 April 2011

Scaglietti Pontoon - Ferrari 250 TR #0754

I'd like to thank Geoffrey Horton for today's photograph of David Love's 1958 Ferrari 250 TR seen here at Danville Concours d'Elegance in 2008.

David Love Ferrari 250 TR #0754

The 250 TR powered by the lightweight 276 hp 2,953 cc /180 cui Colombo Tipo 125 engine was a hugely successful sports car winning the Le Mans 24 hour race, with Phil Hill and Oliver Gendebien at the wheel in 1958 and further variations winning the endurance classic in 1960 and 1961.

#0754, originally painted blue, was sold to Yugoslavian born Guatamalan Jaroslav Juhan co driver of the car, under the 'Equipe Los Amigos' banner, in the 1958 Le Mans 24 hours with Frenchman Fran├žois Picard who collided with the Lotus of Jay Chamberlain in heavy rain six hours into the race.

After Le Mans #0754 returned to the factory for repairs to the Scaglietti pontoon bodywork and was re painted red before being shipped to Vasek Polak a friend of the now retired from racing Juhan.

Once in the USA #0754 was driven to numerous overall and class victories by Jack McAfee, George Keck and Jack Graham.

Jack Graham comprehensively damaged the car on the October 22nd 1960 when he locked his brakes at Laguna Seca and came to rest against an oak tree. After surviving serious injuries Jack retired from racing.

Bob Gengami had the car repaired and raced it in 1962 selling it on to Bob Allen who advertised #0754 TR as 'freshly overhauled' in 1964 when David Love acquired it.

David described the car he purchased as 'completely unusable' and after unsuccessfully suing the vendor began the slow process of restoration to the condition in which we see the car here. Along the way David raced the car from 1965 to 1968 and since 1974 he has raced #0754 in historic events.

The 250 TR is generally accepted as one of the two most desirable Ferrari's amongst auctioneers, behind the 250 GTO, a 1957 250 TR was sold for US$ 12,100,000 in May 2009.

Thanking Geoffrey for sharing this sumptuous photograph, more details and photographs on the history of #0754 TR can be found on Tams old race car site here.

I hope you have enjoyed today's Scaglietti pontoon edition of Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres and that you'll join me again tomorrow when I'll be celebrating the life of one of this blogs earliest contributors Mr Edwin Arnaudin. Don't forget to come back now !