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Ferrari 250 Lusso

Car Make/Model
Ferrari 250 Lusso
Year
1963
Summary

A Classiche Certified Argento 250 Lusso, one of the best driving exmaples we have ever come across

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Specification

 

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 example left the factory in August 1963, finished in Azzuro 19278 M.Italver over Pelle Nera VM 8500. The car was delivered to Garage de Montchoisy - of Geneva, Switzerland. At some point during its life the car found its way to Japan via purchase by the legendary Yoshiho Matsuda, where in 1995 the car was displayed at Matsuda's Ferrari Museum of Art. By 2007 the car was under the careful ownership of David Gooding or Gooding & Company fame - who entered it in the XVI. Cavallino Classic.

Today the car sits in a stunning Argento paint finish, complimented by a true-to-original Pelle Nera VM 8500 interior trim. The car underwent an engine replacement at the Ferrari Factory and went on to gain Classiche Status in November of 2011.

A beautiful, useable example of one of the most luxurious and eye-catching Front-Engined V12s Ferrari ever produced - not an opportunity to be missed!

 

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