Ferrari 250 Lusso
Concours winning 250 GT/Lusso #5097. Complete with Classiche.
Few Ferrari road cars have proven to be as charismatic as the 250 GT/L Berlinetta, also known as the Lusso. The ultimate luxury iteration of the long-running 250 GT platform, the Lusso was introduced at the 1962 Paris Motor Show and immediately stood out from its predecessors with supremely elegant Pininfarina-designed and Scaglietti-built coachwork. Heralded as one of the most timeless body designs ever conceived, the Lusso brilliantly reconciled curvaceous fenders and a sporty Kamm tail, complemented by a roomy cockpit with long front and rear glass panes and minimal brightwork. While the Scaglietti body was fashioned from steel, weight was minimized with the use of aluminium for the hood, doors, and trunk lid.
The Lusso was Ferrari's luxury grand touring model available between the early Pininfarina coupes and the 275 GTB that followed, and its comfort was ensured by a cabin swathed in leather and a dashboard that featured a radical new instrument arrangement that was never to be duplicated. Five small gauges lay behind the classic wood-rimmed steering wheel, while two large centre-placed dials angled towards the driver, aesthetically anchoring the instrument panel in a futuristic manner.
Mechanicals were updated to include standard disc brakes and two rear-suspension developments from the concurrent 250 GTO sports racing car, the integration of concentric springs on the shock absorbers, and a Watts linkage to assist in lateral stability of the rear axle. Over two years of production, approximately 350 examples of the elegant Lusso were built, and the model has matured into perhaps the most universally revered Ferrari grand tourer of the legendary 250 series-a study in sports car perfection.
This particular example left the factory in Rosso over Crema and was delivered to the United States, its first owner being the President of the Santa Barbara Golf Club. It had three owners in total whilst in the States before being brought to Europe in 1997 by its current owner who, with the help of Mark Shannon, had searched the globe for two years to find the best car possible.
Between 1998-2005 the car was systematically restored, repainted and re-trimmed in the specification you see it in today. The restoration is closely documented in the history file, right down to the purchase of every nut and bolt used, and photographs showing it in red and the process employed that finished it in blue.
Initially restored solely for the pleasure of the owner and his family, the car has subsequently been marveled at and appreciated by countless thousands of others at the many concours, shows and displays it has been taken and enterted into over the last ten years of its life. Most notably, just after the restoration was completed in 2005, it won Best of Show at both the Ferrari Owners' Club GB Concours and the GRRC Vehicle Display. In 2006 & 2009, it came second in the Ferrari Owners' Club GB Concours as well.
This car is the pinnacle of Ferrari's ethos of beauty and drivability, and the chance to own such a rich piece of automotive history in one's lifetime should not be taken lightly. The car will be sold complete with Classiche documentation, its extensive history file and original tool roll.