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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1957
Numbers built:2
Designed by:Pinin Farina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 11, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFor the 1957 season, Ferrari offered customers just a single type of sports racer; the 500 TRC. Powered by a two-litre engine, it was to be the ultimate development of the four-cylinder sports racer that had originally debuted in 1953. Ferrari, meanwhile, were working on a three-litre V12 powered sports racer that would become available to customers in 1958.

The 500 TRC proved particularly popular on the American West Coast where it was raced in the SCCA National Sports Car Championship against Porsche 550s and Lotus Elevens. Instrumental in bringing many of these cars to North America was John von Neumann, who was Ferrari's distributor for California. He was a racer himself as well and used his connections to order two TRCs, powered by the 2.5 litre '625' engine.

Mechanically and visually, the two 625 TRCs were identical to the 17 other TRCs produced that year. The chassis was a straightforward tubular ladder frame, suspended by double wishbones at the front and a solid rear axle. Coil springs and hydraulic shock absorbers were fitted on all four corners, as were massive, finned drum-brakes. As on most Ferrari sports racers of the day, a four-speed gearbox was used.

For 1957, the Pinin Farina styled and Scagilietti built body of the original 500 TR was modified slightly to comply with the new Appendix C regulations; hence the TRC type name. These changes included the adaption of a full-width and tall windscreen. Also mandatory from 1957 were functional doors on both sides of the car. Whereas the 500 TR featured small blisters to clear the tall engine's cam-covers, the TRC design sported a completely smooth engine cover.

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