1990 CLAUDE BOUTIN 250 TESTA ROSSA CHILD'S CAR
Estimate $25,000 - $35,000| Without Reserve
This lovely child’s car version of the iconic pontoon-fender Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was made by engineer Claude Boutin in the 1990s. An automotive and aeronautical engineer, Mr. Boutin has produced over 14 of these functioning models and devoted 5,500 hours to building the first one. Bodied in fiberglass, the car is equipped with a 5 horsepower Honda engine mounted in the front, with independent suspension and hydraulic brakes. The interior is complete with instrumentation, bucket seats, carpeting, and a shifter. It is stated to be able to achieve speeds of up to 43 miles per hour. Showing a gentle patina, this child’s car would be a lovely addition to any collection, big or small.
*Please note that this vehicle is sold only as a collector's item and may not be suitable for operation by any child.
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C.1956 GRAND PRIX SQUALO CHILD’S CAR
Estimate $20,000 - $30,000| Without Reserve
Built by Grand Prix Manufacturing Company of El Monte, California and billed in period advertising as “the Ferrari of child racers,” the Squalo – Italian for shark – was designed in the likeness of Ferrari’s beautiful 553 F2 and F1 Grand Prix cars. Impressively engineered, this diminutive racer features remarkable specifications including a square-tube chassis, four-wheel adjustable torsion bar suspension, shoe-type interval braking, magnesium wheels, and an attractive three-piece body finished in classic Italian racing red. At the heart of the Squalo is a 2 hp Continental AU7R “Redseal” engine with direct chain 12-24 drive. Reportedly sold new in 1956 at a Pennsylvania sporting goods store for the princely sum of $575, the child’s racer has spent most of its existence in static storage and remains in good, unrestored condition.