1963 Ferrari 250 - GT Lusso
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 curvacious exterior with extensive leather, chrome and the now infamous 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 car we are pleased to offer is the 78th example of the 350 total built. It was delivered new in 1963 via the Italian dealer Parautp S.r.I. to its first owner, a Mr Colombo Bianchi. In 1964, the car was purchased by a Frenchman named Francois Chevalier, a resident of Le Castellet. The car proceeded to remain in France for the next 40 years, being painted in a metallic Silver Grey colour during this time. In 2015, the car was purchased by an English gentleman and resided in his collection until the present date.
It sits today in fantastic condition and once again wears its original colours of Grigio Argento over Pelle Blu Leather after a full respray and re-trim earlier this year. It has also recently been awarded Ferrari Classiche Certification, confirming that it is a matching numbers example. The 250 GT Lusso is arguably the most stylish and practical of the 250 GT series and our example is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner!