The Ferrari 250 GT/L or 'Lusso' is the last evolution of the famed Ferrari 250 Berlinetta line of vehicles; one of the most beautiful cars ever made. The car was initially revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962, the last vehicle to carry the iconic "250" name, carrying design and performance features from legendary cars such as the GTO and SWB.
The Lusso was instantly desired by celebrity petrol heads such as Steve McQueen and Eric Clapton. Demand outstripped supply massively, with only 350 Lussos being produced from 1962-1964; the 250 GT/L was always destined to be a future classic. Translating to English as 'Luxury,' the Lusso's cabin beautifully compliments that curvaceous exterior with extensive leather, chrome and the now famous Nardi wood-rimmed wheel dominating the environment.
The 250 GT/L is powered by a 3.0 litre Columbo V12, benefiting from triple Weber carbs producing around 240 bhp. Although performance was not the key objective of the Lusso, it still lived up to the high standards of other 250-series Ferraris, capable of speeds around 150mph. Such DNA meant that the Lusso was not only one of the best-looking Ferraris ever made, but also one of the best to drive; the ultimate Grand Tourer, focused on luxury over competition.
The stunning LHD example we are offering is chassis no 5233, first delivered to the Roman dealer in November 1963, finished in Azzuro over Pella Bleu. The car was purchased new four months later by a Pakistani businessman who was a frequent visitor to Europe and acquired the car during one of his trips there. The Lusso was transported to Pakistan and was registered in Karachi on the 5th May 1964.
Remarkably, 5233 remained in the ownership of the same family for 50 years until 2014! During that time the car covered just over 16,000 miles and the exterior was repainted in Rosso. The car left Pakistan for the first time in 2014 when it was sent to a marque specialist for an inspection prior to sale at auction. The car was confirmed to retain its matching numbers engine and gearbox and was sold during the RM Sotheby's Monterey auction in August 2014.
Since being sold, the car has been subject to a no-expense spared restoration with Joe Macari Classics in London to return the car to its former glory. During the restoration the car underwent a full bare-metal respray back to its original Azzuro 19278 Metallic colour, whilst the interior was retrimmed to its original Pella Bleu leather with dark blue carpets. The restoration also featured a full mechanical overhaul of the bodywork, chassis, and running gear, whilst the engine and gearbox were also fully rebuilt.
The car sits today in sublime condition showing just over 16,300 miles and has recently been awarded Classiche Certification confirming its matching numbers. The restoration work is fully documented and is complete with a photographic album detailing the entire process. Restored to a very high standard and maintaining single family ownership for 50 years, 5233 GT is undoubtedly a superlative example of one of Maranello's most acclaimed models. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.