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This 1959 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is a Dream

Submitted by on July 24, 2015

1959 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

At the heart of the golden age of motorsport is the spirit of innovation. Achieving a goal by pushing what ever means you have available to you to their utter limit. This 1959 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa recreation built by Peter Giacobbi nails that.

“One of the reasons that I wanted to build the Testa Rossa was to experience what my boyhood heroes experienced. And I discovered after driving and racing it several times that they are not only heroes – they’re supermen. To drive at high speeds for the distances that they did is an absolute miracle.”

Peter Giacobbi is a master fabricator, engineer and builder. He built the Synthesis – the first car that came from the factory with airbags – and from there went to work on the DeLorean.

The 1959 Testa Rossa is his absolute favourite car. So, when he found a hand made ’59 Testa Rossa body originally intended for the factory that had been sitting in Italy, he got to work building one.

“It’s very exciting. It only weighs 2300 pounds and 400 horsepower with skinny tyres keeps the adrenaline flowing.”

He found what correct parts he could, made or commissioned the rest and put together a recreation as close to the original as possible. The result is pitch perfect, and looks like it’s rolled straight out of 1959.

Building a Dream, from the guys at Petrolicious, captures his story magnificently. Put a side a few minutes of motorsport meditation and enjoy it. And make sure to keep an ear out for a very, very good bit about three minutes in with some serious revving of the TR’s magical 4.4-litre motor. It’s a dirty, dirty sound full of pops, crackles and growls, and wow is it good.

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