1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

 

Location: Ferrari Beverly Hills Collezione

Chassis: 5474

Engine: 3.0L Colombo V12

Transmission: Five-Speed Manual

Coachwork: Scaglietti

Color: Rosso Corsa | Beige Interior

Production Run: 351

Certificates: Ferrari Classiche Red Book

THIS MOTOR CAR

No. 5475 was originally delivered through M.G. Crepaldi Automobili of Milan in April of 1964. It is currently finished in the classic Rosso Corsa with Beige interior and underwent a ground up restoration between 1999 and 2000 by Tillack & Co of Redondo Beach. After the work was completed, it was shown at the Monterey Concorso Italiano in 2000, where it was the event’s featured car. The car was awarded both Platinum and Best of Show awards. No. 5475 was consequently shown at the 2001 edition of the Cavallino Classic, and in 2002, it received a Platinum Award at the Ferrari Club of America meeting in Century City. The car has accrued few miles after its award-winning restoration and has been cared for and stored in ideal conditions. It is therefore a 100-point car as we see it today.

As it can be seen in the multitude of pictures, the exterior finish remains truly beautiful, and is complemented by excellent chrome work and correct Borrani “knock off” wire wheels. True to the cars model designation, the cockpit is expertly and luxuriously trimmed in beautiful tan hides with darker brown carpeting. All instruments and controls, including the handsome wood-rimmed steering wheel are period correct and remain flawless as well. Underhood, the entire engine bay and the legendary V12 are beautifully detailed, tidy and period correct in presentation, with the minor exception of a modern-type maintenance-free battery. The car currently starts on command, runs smoothly and is an exceptionally drivable car. Moreover, in 2010 No. 5475 obtained the Ferrari Classiche certification, which confirms that the car is matching numbers and upholds the stringent factory standards.

ABOUT THE 250 GT LUSSO

The 250 GT/L Berlinetta was the final iteration of the 250 GT series, and is generally regarded as one of the most exquisitely proportioned and beautiful of all the Pininfarina body designs. A prototype of the new 250 Lusso, was first shown at the Paris Motor Show in October of 1962. The “Lusso”, wearing the Pininfarina designed styling, was a well-proportioned, classic, high-performance grand touring car that combined power, speed, and agility, with elegance and comfort. In fact, the concept idea was to fill the market between the sporting 250 GT SWB and its more luxurious sibling, the 250 GTE 2+2, by combining the best features of both. Fortunately, all this beauty did not sacrifice aerodynamics, as these flowing lines helped to direct airflow towards the car’s rear spoiler. As per usual for the 250 series, the design was penned by Pininfarina and bodies were constructed by Scaglietti, with the bodies being made out of steel and the doors, bonnet, and boot lids out of aluminium. The car’s design is to this day regarded by many as one of the most beautiful and it attracted notable personalities of that time, such as Steve McQueen and Eric Clapton.

ENGINE and PERFORMANCE

As we have mentioned, the hood hosted the V12 engine “Colombo”, with a displacement of 2,953.21 cc and an output of 240 hp at 7,500 rpm and 178 lbf⋅ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. It was able to attain a maximum speed of 150 mph, thus becoming the fastest passenger car of that period, and required only 7 to 8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph. Certain components such as the valves and the crankshaft, were derived from the engine of the 250 GT SWB, while others, such as the pistons and the cylinder block, were derived from the 250 GTE.

Contrary to the 250 GTE 2+2 which had a wheelbase of 2.6 m (100 inches), the GT Lusso was built on a shorter wheelbase of 2.4 m (94 inches), identical to that of the 250 GT Berlinetta. The chassis was adopted from the tubular structure of the 250 GTO, but with narrower tubes. The Lusso had double wishbones and coil springs at the front, while the rear suspension comprised a live axle, leaf springs, semi-elliptical concentric coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers. Braking was provided by four-wheel disc brakes with hydraulic control, placed behind the polished aluminum Borrani wire wheels with single knockoffs. These additions endowed the 250 GT Lusso with unprecedented rear stability and footing for a Ferrari road car.

FINAL REMARKS

This 250 Lusso is the classic Ferrari that does it all. It can be the comfortable driver for the beautiful rallies and tours the world has to offer (i.e. Ferrari Cavalcades), or it can awe the crowds of any premier concours d’elegance. No. 5475 is Ferrari Classiche certified and in overall flawless condition, there is nothing not to love about it!

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