1959 Testarosa Special Construction Sport Speciale
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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 15th-17th at Russo and Steele''s 13th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.A Scottsdale, Arizona family commissioned this incredible Sport Speciale Sypder, which was totally scratch-built by the award-winning restoration coachbuilders at The Creative Workshop in Dania Beach, Florida. A one-in-the-world car with modern engineering and traditional Carrozzeria build techniques, this masterpiece is a seamless fusion of classic style and modern performance. In short, it is a car that provides soul and character that no modern car and precious few classics can emulate. In January 2011, the Speciale was independently appraised at a replacement value of $1.5 million. The appraisal and all build invoices, are available.Quite simply, the Speciale is special – on the road or track – for any collection and at any concours. Yet, if the owner so desires, it can even serve as an excellent every daily driver.Completed in late 2007 after a build involving over two years and 7,000 man-hours, the Speciale was inspired by the big-displacement European racecars of the late 50s and early 60s. The vision behind this car was to take the styling cues from such iconic cars as the Ferrari TR 59/60, Aston Martin DBR1, Maserati 450S and others. The next step was to marry that style, look, and attitude to state-of-the-art technology underneath the tubular chassis and hand-formed, lightweight aluminum body, resulting in enhanced performance, safety, and drivability that those old racers could only dream of.Power is provided by an Fl-inspired, custom-built aluminum BMW V-12 engine by Dinan Performance, displacing 5,972 cc and delivering 450 horsepower and 480 pounds-feet of torque. Weighing in at just 2,300 pounds, the Speciale’s power-to-weight ratio is an amazing 5 pounds per horsepower. Theoretical performance of the 2,300-pound, 6-speed Speciale is simply amazing – 251 mph top speed and acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds! Fuel delivery is via a fully programmable custom Hilborn-style AEM fuel-injection unit with 12 injectors and stacks. Front suspension is a fully adjustable, independent, dual- wishbone setup with racing coil-over shocks and a fully adjustable racing anti-sway bar. Rear suspension is a Jaguar-style independent "drop-out" sub-assembly with indoor disc brakes with four coil-over shock absorbers, and an Auburn limited-slip differential. Ride quality is extremely comfortable. Front brakes are Brembo racing discs and calipers, with Wilwood racing units at the rear. Steering is BRT rack steering.Although the mechanicals of the car are high-tech, the details are all period style and authentic. Gauges are original Veglia units, the steering wheel original Nardi, and the lights are original Marchal and Carello. Switches are Magneti Marelli and the wheels were built at Borrani in Italy, as were the hubs and knock-offs - on the original jigs that built the same wire wheels for the Ferraris of old. Following completion, the Sport Speciale has earned an astounding amount of worldwide press coverage, including publications in more than 32 countries. Among the many articles, the car was the cover and feature subject in the Robb Report and Autoweek, and profiled in multiple-page articles in other high-profile publications including Luxury Auto, Car Collector, Maxim, Octane, Auto Aficionado, Sports Car Market, Business Week, Miami Herald, Detroit News, Arizona Republic, Men''s Journal, Hemmings, and numerous regional publications. The Speciale also starred in a one-hour segment of El Garage, a highly rated television series across South America and Spain. In the USA, it was featured on Dennis Gage''s My Classic Car TV series. While built to be driven and enjoyed, the Speciale is a multiple show winner at venues including the Cavallino Classic Sports Sunday, Concorso Italiano, Festival of Speed, and the Rocky Mountain Concours. Having logged just over 5,000 miles, it is a stunning, one-of-one automobile and worthy of continued enjoyment and show appearances by a highly discerning enthusiast. AZ TITLE READS: 1959 Ferrari SPCON