Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
The gorgeous Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta is one of the most exquisitely proportioned and most beautiful of all Pininfarina styling creations on the legendary front-engine Ferrari 250 GT chassis. These were classic, high-performance GT road cars with a difference, for they combined prodigious power and speed with the highest contemporary levels of elegance and comfortable accommodations for two, plus their luggage, within a remarkably airy passenger cabin.
A prototype of the new 250 GT “Lusso” appeared at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962. The strikingly elegant lines, blending into an aero-efficient Kamm tail, were reminiscent of not only the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta but also the 250 GTO. Notably, the Lusso was the last Ferrari model to be equipped with the legendary Gioacchino Colombo-designed 3.0-litre V-12 engine. With three Weber carburettors as opposed to the six used on the racing version, the unit used in the Lusso produced about 250 bhp and was capable of propelling the car to a top speed of 240 km/h (150 mph) and sprinting from rest to 100 km/h in only eight seconds. Simply put, this new 250 GT combined gorgeous styling with a leather-trimmed interior and all the race-bred V-12 performance that continues to symbolise Ferrari today.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London and will be auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
250 bhp, 2,953 cc V-12 engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and parallel trailing arms, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Maule and Constantin Fischer