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Oxfordshire firm creates £100,000 mini Ferrari that can hit 50mph

Byoxfordnewspaper

Aug 6, 2022

An Oxfordshire firm have created a one-off Ferrari Testa Rossa J set to go under the hammer later this month.

The unique 2022 Pebble Beach Edition has been made by Bicester-based The Little Car Company.

It is a fully electric 75% scale reproduction of the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, of which an original version reportedly sold for $40m in 2014.

The car has been developed and hand built from the original drawings kept by Ferrari Classiche.

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It is to be sold on 19th August without reserve (est: US$90,000 – US$120,000) by Bonhams in their "The Quail Auction" in Carmel, California.

All profits from the sale are being donated by The Little Car Company to The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, a youth education charity.

To cater for drivers of all abilities and ages, four driving modes have been carefully developed to make the driving experience as safe as possible. They range from a 15mph 'novice' mode to a 'race' mode capable of 50mph.

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The three batteries powering the electric engine are positioned at the front of the car, and provide approximately 90 km range, depending on driving style.

A key track protagonist in the 1950s and 1960s, the 250 Testa Rossa is renowned as one of the all-time great Ferraris This particular example, a one-of-one special edition, commemorates "Lucybelle II" (chassis 0732TR), which was the car raced by US driver Ed Hugus – a Pebble Beach resident – and Ray "Ernie" Erickson at the 1958 Le Mans 24 Hours under the race number '22'.

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Donning the original paint scheme of Bianco Cervino with blue stripes, with the accompanying number '22', this will be the only Ferrari Testa Rossa J globally to hold this livery.

The car also boasts period correct racing lights, with "Lucybelle II" handpainted on one side of the car and the United States of America flag handpainted on the other.

Ben Hedley, CEO of The Little Car Company, said: "The Little Car Company are honoured to be able to support The Pebble Beach Company Foundation at this year's Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction, with the sale of the 2022 Pebble Beach Edition Ferrari Testa Rossa J, "Lucybelle II".

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"As one of the most respected and highly regarded events on the motoring calendar, we are proud to be able to offer this wonderful tribute and are very excited to see this one-of-one car raise funds for a worthy cause."