The ultimate young car enthusiast’s play car, this classic Ferrari style miniature was designed and built by Franco Sbarro, the maverick Italian born, Swiss based automotive legend. Inspired by the glorious 1950s Testa Rossa sports racers, this exclusive children’s car was built in 1981. Powered by a single cylinder 15hp engine, this striking scaled-down, 300kg ‘toy’ has a four-speed gearbox and reverse gear. Other impressive features include independent suspension, front disc brakes and bolt on wire wheels. The Ferrari Testa Rossa style ‘toy’ offered has a 1.85 metre wheelbase, and reportedly had a top speed of 90kph (55mph).
Alongside the construction some of the most sensational concept cars and Ferrari specials at his Geneva based business, Sbarro built a limited series of high quality children’s cars inspired by such iconic automotive greats as the Ford GT40, BMW 328 and Mercedes-Benz 540K. These exclusive miniatures, of which the Testa Rossa baby is the largest, are now highly prized by collectors, the present car has been in the present ownership since new.
This vehicle is sold as a collector’s item and is sold without warranty, subject to paragraph E1 of our Conditions of Sale, and is sold as seen, not subject to return. Interested buyers are advised to satisfy themselves as to the condition of this vehicle and to seek independent specialist advice on condition if required. Please be advised that this lot will be stored off site in Northampton following the sale. Please refer to our important notices section for full terms relating to this lot.