Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta
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-engined Ferrari 250 GT chassis. These were classic high-performance gran turismo cars with a difference, for they combined power and speed with the highest contemporary levels of elegance and comfortable accommodation for two, plus their luggage.
A prototype of the new 250 GT “Lusso” appeared at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962. The strikingly elegant lines, blending into a Kamm tail, were reminiscent of not only the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta but also the 250 GTO. In fact, the Lusso was the last car to be equipped with the 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 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 V-12 performance Ferrari had become famous for.
The Lusso was manufactured from 1963 until 1964, a very short period; only 355 were built. Aside from an endless list of positive press reaction, the car attracted numerous well-known clients, including Steve McQueen, Dr. Harvey Postlethwaite, Ferrari’s former head of design in Formula 1, and Battista “Pinin” Farina, who was apparently so pleased with the outcome of his company’s design that he had to have a car for his personal use.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2011 at the Spazio Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Como and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
250 bhp, 2,953 cc V-12 engine with three Weber twin-choke carburettors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, parallel trailing arms, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5")
Source: RM Auctions
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