Under the hammer

When it goes up for auction at the Pebble Beach show on 20 and 21 August, this 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype could break all sales records.

Its sellers describe it as one of the most important Ferraris of all time and 'the prototype and test-bed for the Testa Rossa line.'

The restored vehcle is said to have made its debut at the Nurburgring 1,000km race in 1957, before embarking on a racing career that included the famous Sebring, Nurburgring and Le Mans racing events.

'Being in the presence of the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype is a visceral and breathtaking experience unlike anything I've ever known,' said David Gooding, president of auctioneers Gooding and Company.

'We will all witness a historic day when this incredible car – one of the greatest race cars of all time – crosses our stage in Pebble Beach this August.'

The car's listing at auction adds the claim: 'If this Testa Rossa sells next month, it will be the most valuable car ever sold at auction in the world.'

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