An electric replica of the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa will be sold to benefit charities


Ferrari Testa Rossa J by The Little Car Company |  Photo: Bonhams

Ferrari Testa Rossa J by The Little Car Company | Photo: Bonhams

  • This replica is one of 299 built by The Little Car Company under license from Ferrari

  • The car is 75% the size of the original and it can reach 80 km/h

  • Proceeds from the auction will be donated to organizations helping children in Monterey County

One of the more unusual vehicles to be offered at Bonhams’ upcoming Pebble Beach ‘Quail’ auction is a 75% scale replica of the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, built this year by The Little Car Company.

Named the Ferrari Testa Rossa J (for junior), this replica was handcrafted using processes similar to those used by real Ferrari employees in 1957. Its designers followed the original plans provided by Ferrari under the Licence.

Besides being around 25% smaller than the original, the Testa Rossa J has been modified by adding a 48-volt electric powertrain in place of the original’s petrol V12 engine.

This allows the replica to reach a top speed of 80 km/h and travel around 90 kilometers on one charge.

As The Little Car Company is targeting both adults and children with this product, there are different drive modes that limit top speed and powertrain output to prevent young drivers from losing control.

Additionally, a remote switch allows parents or supervisors to shut down the vehicle if the driver gets carried away.

Ferrari Testa Rossa J by The Little Car Company |  Photo: Bonhams

Ferrari Testa Rossa J by The Little Car Company | Photo: Bonhams

Although it is a relatively slow and very light vehicle, the Testa Rossa J is equipped with a hydraulic dual-circuit braking system with four-wheel discs supplied by Brembo.

Unsurprisingly, not every kid will be able to drive their own Testa Rossa J, as the unit to be auctioned off is expected to sell for between US$90,000 and US$120,000.

The company produced 299 units of the small car, but this particular version is unique as it was painted white with blue stripes to commemorate the ‘Lucybelle II’, a 250 Testa Rossa which finished 7th in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958.

Proceeds from this sale will be donated to various non-profit organizations that help youth in the Monterey County, California, area where the auction will take place.

Ferrari Testa Rossa J by The Little Car Company |  Photo: Bonhams

Ferrari Testa Rossa J by The Little Car Company | Photo: Bonhams



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