Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Introduced at the 1953 Paris Salon, the 250 GT Europa was the first 250-series Ferrari road car, powered by a three-liter version of Gioacchino Colombo’s V-12 engine design. It was also the first true Grand Touring automobile produced by Ferrari and helped solidify the marque’s enduring relationship with designer Battista “Pinin” Farina, and it helped secure ‘Principal Ferrari Design House’ status for the Turin-based firm. Even though these cars were expensive, luxurious and well-finished Grand Touring machines, their advanced technical specifications and sleek lines assured the marque’s well-deserved reputation for performance above all else.
The gorgeous 250 GT/L or “Lusso” Berlinetta was the final iteration of the glorious 250 GT series, and it remains without doubt one of the most exquisitely proportioned and beautiful of all Pininfarina body designs. Virtually seamlessly, it combined power, speed and agility with the highest levels of elegance and comfort for two, plus luggage. The prototype debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962 and was instantly recognized as yet another triumph for Pininfarina and the venerable coachbuilder Scaglietti.
The strikingly elegant lines incorporated a frontal treatment reminiscent of the 250 GT SWB, Ferrari’s last real dual-purpose road and race car. From there, the Lusso’s body swept back to a clean, 250 GTO-like truncated tail, capped by a delicate but effective spoiler. The airy “greenhouse” utilized thin pillars and a panoramic rear window, creating a sweeping curve merging delicately into a tiny rear deck, offering excellent all-round visibility. Remarkably free from external adornment, even the bumpers blended cleanly into the Lusso’s shape, with only a small chrome grille at the front of the hood bulge used to enhance the Lusso’s gracefully curved body panels.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena, and in August 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
250 bhp, 2,953 cc V-12 engine with three Weber twin-choke carburetors, 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: 94.5"
Source: RM Auctions
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