To call Ferrari’s TRC for 1957 “one of the prettiest Ferraris built,” as pre-eminent Ferrari historian Richard F. Merritt put it, is surely an understatement. It is a design without fault — a timeless, downright breathtaking execution of Italian motoring passion, married to one of the greatest sports racing chassis of all time.
The Ferrari on offer stands in a class all its own. Coming from single ownership for the past 30-plus years, its presentation at auction may very well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is one of only two 2.5-liter 625 TRCs ever built by Ferrari, each specifically ordered by the larger-than-life West Coast Ferrari distributor Johnny von Neumann.
In 1981, 0680MDTR was acquired by the current owner, who commissioned its restoration. Following its restoration, the current owner raced 0680MDTR on 113 occasions during a post-restoration vintage racing career even more prolific than the car’s extensive period racing history.
0680MDTR is offered at auction with its original, matching-numbers 2.5-liter Ferrari Type 625 LM racing engine, which was separated from its original chassis over 50 years ago.
The possibilities for this Ferrari are virtually limitless. The new owner may choose to thoroughly enjoy the V12-engine car as-is — or utilize its original 4-cylinder engine, and with relatively little effort, refinish the car in its original gray livery with dual hood bulges, surely delighting the judges and fellow drivers at future Pebble Beach, Le Mans Classic or Mille Miglia retrospectives and concours events.