Ahead of the launch this weekend of an all-new Ferrari sports racer, we today celebrate Ferrari Friday with a detailed look at three examples from the 1950s. During this period, sports racers were the Italian manufacturers bread and butter and they came with a wide variety of engine configuration and sizes. The most famous of these is undoubtedly the three-litre V12, found in the 250 TR featured today. This particular 'Testa Rossa' was a customer car and sold directly to the United States. It has been in the same British collection for over 50 years and was most recently seen at the Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed to celebrate Ferrari's 75th anniversary. Also on hand at both Goodwoods this year was this 857 Sport. Powered by a mighty four-cylinder, this was a works car and competed in a wide variety of events. It ran with different engine sizes before settling on the 3.4-litre beast that is still fitted today. The largest four-cylinder racers available for customers was the three-litre fitted to this 750 Monza. Like the TR, it was sold directly to North America and was originally raced on behalf of its owner by Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby. Hill used the car to win the Del Monte Cup at the 1955 Pebble Beach Road Races. It was subsequently owned by fellow American sports car racing royal Jim Hall for nearly six decades. Still in American hands, 0510M was raced at Monaco and Goodwood this year.

Enjoy the links:

1958 Ferrari 250 TR (0752TR)

1955 Ferrari 857 Sport Scaglietti Spyder (0578M)

1955 Ferrari 750 Monza (0510M)