The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, red-hot success

Nine million euros – 9,020,000 to be exact – is the highest price ever paid for a car in a private purchase agreement.

The record was set in 2009, and the car changing hands – featured in these photographs – was a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, the fourth out of only 34 ever made.

Designed by Sergio Scaglietti and in production from 1957 to 1961, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was named after the color of the top part of its engine.

It stood out in many important international competitions –including the 1958 Targa Florio, the 1960 and 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans, and various races in the United States – and today is one of collectors’ most sought-after and desired Ferraris (tying with the 250 Gto).

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