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The Ferrari 500 TRC [Testa Rossa Type-C] Spider was one of the last models Maranello ever built with an inline-four, the engine originally designed by Aurelio Lampredi for Formula Two.

Recently, rare four-cylinder 1957 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa was a set to be sold at an auction and is expected to reach 4 million U.S. dollars for its sale price. Yes folks, it is true that a genuine, factory-designed four-cylinder Ferrari.

The car stands as the latest consignment to RM Auctions' docket for the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where it is expected to fetch €2,600,000 to €3,300,000 (equivalent to $3.6M to $4.6M at current rates).There it will stand alongside such notables recently covered on these pages as the collection of Bertone concept cars, the Talbot and Bugatti art-deco classics and the pair historic Zagato-bodied Kamm-tailed Alfa Romeos in what's shaping up to be an historic event in its own right.

The story says that the Ferrari 500 TRC Spider, which Testa Rossa Type-C, was one of the last four-cylinder models ever built by prancing Horse in Maranello. The engine was originally designed by Aurelio Lampredi to Formula Two and was later adapted for Ferrari's racing prototypes.

Application of the four-banger, because it was developed for Monza in the Ferrari 500 TRC did it the first to wear Testa Rossa name. And while the styling is equivalent to the famous 250 Testa Rossa, the 500 TRC is much more rare with only 19 examples ever built over the period of one year. That makes it even rarer than the 12-cylinder-powered 250TR and 250 GTO.

Displace 2.0L and employs a dual-overhead-cam setup, or DOHC, with two Weber carburetors 40DCO/A3, Ferrari's racing derivative four-banger developed 190hp, much like the 2.0L four cylinder is like today.

This special 500 TRC, internally dubbed MDTR 0670, was the sixth ever built for a customer in Sicily, which is then used to compete in several races around the world back in the day.

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