W folderze Ferrari 250 GT Lusso przeczytamy: „Nowa, luksusowa Berlinetta została stworzona z samochodu, który pozwolił tak wielu kierowcom cieszyć się sportowymi osiągami. Posiada cechy cenione przez entuzjastów jazdy, a jednocześnie zapewnia komfort wymagany przez kobiety.” Jeden z najpiękniejszych produktów w historii marki z Maranello, 250 GT Lusso, zadebiutował na paryskim Salonie Samochodowym w październiku 1962 roku. Zaprojektowany przez Pininfarinę i zbudowany przez Scaglietti, łączy wygląd samochodu wyścigowego z nowymi standardami komfortu dla pasażerów. W sumie 350 egzemplarzy Lusso zostało ukończonych w ciągu dwóch lat, a dostawy modelu produkcyjnego rozpoczęły się na początku 1963 roku. Zbudowane na podwoziu z krótkim rozstawem osi, podobnym do podwozia 250 GT SWB i 250 GTO, Lusso było napędzany lekkim i kompaktowym 3-litrowym silnikiem V12 Gioacchino Colombo. Jednostka Tipo 168 wytwarzała 240 KM dając Lusso prędkość maksymalną 240 km/h i przydatny czas przyspieszania 0-160 km/h wynoszący 19,5 sekundy. 250 GT Lusso oferowane na aukcji jest 154. z 350 wyprodukowanych egzemplarzy. Ukończone 21 listopada 1963, zostało dostarczone do Luigi Chinetti Motors w Nowym Jorku. Samochód był pierwotnie wykończony w niezwykłym połączeniu Avorio (kość słoniowa) z wnętrzem z czarnej skóry. Około 1990 roku egzemplarz został wyeksportowany do Niemiec, a w połowie 2000 roku zostało zakupione przez obecnego właściciela. Następnie samochód został przelakierowany na brązowo, a wnętrze ponownie obszyte ciemnobeżową skórą. Lusso jest sprzedawane ze szwajcarską Carte Grise i certyfikatem Ferrari Classiche z 2009 roku. Samochód sprzedany został podczas szwajcarskiej aukcji za ponad 1,3 miliona franków szwajcarskich, czyli ponad 5,6 miliona złotych.
1963 FERRARI 250 GT LUSSO BERLINETTA
Chassis no. 5187
CHF 1,350,000 – 1,950,000
PLN 5,600,000 – 8,100,000
Sold for CHF 1,340,348 (PLN 5,662,933) inc. premium
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1963 FERRARI 250 GT LUSSO BERLINETTA
CHASSIS NO. 5187
• Iconic model
• Unsurpassed Pininfarina style
• One of 350 made
• Matching numbers
• Delivered new to the USA
• Restored in Germany in the late 1990s/early 2000s
„This new luxury Berlinetta has been developed from the car which allowed so many gentlemen to enjoy sports car performance. It boasts those characteristics valued by enthusiasts while also possessing the comfort required by the ladies.” – Ferrari’s brochure for the 250 GT Lusso.
Arguably the most beautiful product ever to carry the Maranello marque’s prancing horse emblem, the 250 GT Lusso debuted at the Paris Salon in October 1962. Styled by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, the Lusso (Luxury) combined racetrack looks with new standards of passenger comfort. Beautifully proportioned, it blended a low-slung nose, reminiscent of that of the SWB Berlinetta, with a sculpted Kamm tail by means of some of the most exquisite lines yet seen on an automobile. Slim pillars and wide expanses of glass not only enhanced the car’s outward appearance but made for excellent visibility and a pleasantly light and airy interior. „The design of the body was at once elegant and exciting and no other road Ferrari before or since has earned the same degree of enduring admiration for its aesthetics,” declared Road & Track.
After Pininfarina had completed the prototype Lusso, production was entrusted to Carrozzeria Scaglietti, a smaller concern that specialised in building low-volume models for Ferrari. In total, 350 (including one prototype each from Pininfarina and Scaglietti) would be completed over the next two years, with deliveries of the production model commencing early in 1963. „Its proportions approach perfection, and the execution is faultless,” enthused Car & Driver. „It makes for Grand Touring in the grandest possible manner…”
The Lusso’s immediate antecedent had been the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB.
Introduced at the 1959 Paris Salon, the latter was a true dual-purpose car, arguably more capable than any Ferrari before or since of coping equally well with the conflicting demands of racetrack and highway. The 'SWB' (Short Wheel Base) designation arose from a chassis that, at 2,400mm, was 200mm shorter than that of the standard 250 GT. Specifications could be varied to suit individual customers' requirements for either road or track, models supplied for competition use having lightweight aluminium-alloy bodies while the lusso road version came with a fully-trimmed interior and softer springing.
However, Ferrari’s policy of building a single, dual-purpose race/road model did not survive long into the 1960s, the diverging requirements of the two markets necessitating greater specialisation in the form of the competition-only 250 GTO and the touring 250 GT Lusso. Built on a short-wheelbase chassis similar to that of the 250 GT SWB and 250 GTO, the Lusso was powered by Gioacchino Colombo’s light and compact 3.0-litre V12. Ferrari’s first in-house power plant, the supremely versatile Colombo V12 had debuted in 1947 as a 1.5-litre unit and would enjoy a remarkably long production life, finally bowing out in 4.9-litre quad-cam form in 1988. Breathing through three twin-choke Weber carburettors, this all-aluminium, two-cam, Tipo 168 unit produced 240bhp at 7,500rpm as installed in the Lusso, giving it a top speed of 150mph (240km/h) and a useful 0-100mph (0-160km/h) acceleration time of 19.5 seconds. Power was transmitted to the road via a conventional four-speed gearbox, and the power train was housed in Ferrari’s familiar steel spaceframe chassis with oval main tubes. Suspension was conventional for the time: independent at the front by means of 'A' arms and coil springs, with a semi-elliptically sprung live axle at the rear.
The result was not only one of the best looking Ferraris ever made, but also, courtesy of its competizione antecedents, one of the most rewarding to drive. „Driving a Ferrari smoothly is always easy; the Lusso is no exception,” proclaimed R&T. „The gearshift moves like the proverbial stick in a bowl of whipped cream, and the smooth clutch combines with the 12-cylinder engine’s buttery delivery of torque to make it nearly impossible… to stall the engine when moving off from rest.” R&T found that the Lusso’s steering was lighter than one would expect and remarked on its smooth, predictable, and forgiving handling. They were also much impressed by the powerful servo-assisted four-wheel disc brakes.
An important milestone in the Maranello marque’s history, the 250 GT Lusso was the last of the long-running 250 series that had done so much to cement Ferrari’s commercial success, and a most fitting finale to this remarkable family of Ferrari road cars.
A matching-numbers example, the Lusso we offer, chassis number '5187′, is the 154th of the 350 units built. Completed on 21st November 1963 and delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York City, USA, the car was originally finished in the unusual combination of Avorio (Ivory) with Nero (Black) leather interior. The Lusso was sold to Cris Vandagriff’s official dealership Hollywood Sport Cars in California. The identity of the Ferrari’s first owner is not known.
During the 1970s the colour scheme was changed to red with a tan leather interior, and the Lusso is known to have belonged to Suzanne Gregg in Santa Ana, California from 1976. Circa 1990 '5187′ was exported from California to Germany, and in October 1991 was seen attending the Ferrari Finali Mondial held in Mugello, Italy carrying Milan dealer plates 'MI P 8449′. Passing through the hands of various dealers in Germany, the Ferrari was eventually sold to ophthalmologist Wolfgang Dütsch of Gelsenkirchen, Germany late in 1996.
Mr Dütsch had the Lusso fully restored in Germany, changing the exterior colour to silver-grey metallic, and kept the car until June 2005. Passing via Modena Motorsport GmbH to an unknown private owner in Germany, the Ferrari was purchased by the current vendor in Switzerland in the mid-2000s. It was then repainted in brown metallic and re-trimmed in dark beige leather.
Events attended more recently include the 3rd Annual Concours d’Élégance Suisse, held at Castle Coppet in Nyon in June 2018, and the Padre e Figlio regularity rally organised by Happy Few Racing in Provence, France in October 2019, which it won. A full service was carried out prior to the latter event, which included changing the master cylinder and rear brake callipers. Presented in excellent condition, the Lusso is sold with a Swiss Carte Grise and a Ferrari Classiche certificate dating from 2009 when it was still finished in silver-grey.
A rare opportunity to acquire a model – seldom offered for sale – that is not only one of the most beautiful and exclusive Ferraris ever made, but also one of the most enjoyable to drive and own: the 250 GT Lusso.