1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Above Images ©Regalia Concours Restorations
Regarded as one of the most beautiful Pininfarina designs, the Lusso, or GT/L, sold as a road-going car and directly benefited from the successful line of Ferrari 250 GTs. It was developed from the dual-purpose 250 GT Short Wheel Base (SWB) which was delivered as both as a full-on competition or a steel-bodied grand touring car. When the SWB's time was up, its road-going version was replaced in 1962 with the more curvaceous 250 GT Lusso.
The very first Lusso appeared in October of 1962 at the Paris Salon and generated lots of interest with its exquisite proportions. It became instantly recognizable with a sweeping side profile, full-length fenders, slim pillars, truncated tail and an odd three piece bumper.
Inside, the Lusso was well appointed with ample room for two and luggage area in behind with retention straps. This was possible because the Lusso used the earlier SWB chassis, but with its engine mounted much more forward to increase passenger space.
Although the Lusso's primary intent was grand touring, it still shared many racing features with the all-conquering 250 GTO race car. Both had the same wheelbase, disc brakes, Boranni wheels, suspension and all-aluminum engine. Despite the Lusso's less robust chassis, steel bodywork and more forward mounted engine, many owners rigged their cars with a harness and went racing when a GTO couldn't be ordered.
Around 350 examples of the Lusso were constructed with the same steel body designed by Pininfarina and executed by Scaglietti with aluminum doors, boots and hoods. Nearly all were delivered with the same specification except for a few cars that received custom rear end ratios, 5-speed gearboxes and competition spec carburetion which may have been added after delivery. Sometimes, custom body and interior alterations were executed by Pininfarina, including faired-in headlights, extra venting and air conditioning, but these factory modifications were rare.
After 350 examples were made, the Lusso was replaced in 1964 by the much more impressive 275 GTB having four wheel independent suspension and a more complex space frame chassis.
Story by Richard Michael Owen
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Gallery: 2007 Monterey Preview
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Gallery: 2007 Monterey Preview
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso 5143GT - sold for €759,000
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Gallery: 2008 Leggenda e Passione
1962 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Compitizione 4213GT - sold for €1,100,000
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Gallery: 2008 Leggenda e Passione
1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta 5117GT - sold for $770,000
The wonderful 250 GT Lusso on offer was completed by the factory in October 1963, bearing chassis number 5117 GT, and is believed to have been sold new the same year to an owner in Switzerland. In December 1970, the car was sold by SAVAF (Société Anonyme pour la Vente des Automobiles Ferrari), from Mr. Jean-Jacques Weber of Geneva to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut. As such, it was shipped the following January from Geneva to F... more
Gallery: 2008 Monterey Preview
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta 5685GT - did not sell for €334,100
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Gallery: 2008 RM Automobiles of London
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso 5691GT - sold for $605,000
This handsome Lusso is the 311th example of 350 produced. According to Ferrari factory records and the research of noted Ferrari authority Marcel Massini, the frame of this car was shipped to Carrozzeria Scaglietti in February 1964 for the timeless Pininfarina-designed body that defines the Lusso. By June of that year, the engine was fully assembled and tested on a dynamometer, after which it was installed, and the overall factory assembly of ... more
Gallery: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
1964 Ferrari 250 GT/ L Berlinetta 5345 - sold for $561,000
The current owner acquired the car in 2007 and has maintained it in California ever since. It has been maintained to the highest standards by a local Ferrari dealer and is offered complete with tools. In outstanding overall condition, the car has been Ferrari Classiche certified, attesting to its factory-correct condition, authentic restoration and matching numbers.
Gallery: RM Auctions' 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso 4411GT - sold for $720,500
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Although primarily a ... more
Gallery: 2011 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso 5529GT - sold for $632,500
Certified by Ferrari Classiche. Limited Chain of Ownership Including Several Distinguished Ferrari Collectors. Verified Matching-Numbers Example. Originally Delivered in Red over Black. Complete with Factory Tool Roll. Ideal for Tours, Concours and Ferrari Events. Documented by Marque Historian Marcel Massini.
Gallery: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta - sold for €504,000
Final and arguably most beautiful road-going 250-series Ferrari. Original, matching-numbers V-12 engine. One of only 355 examples built. Five owners from new.Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.
Gallery: RM 2011 Villa d’Este Auction
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta 4627GT - sold for $907,500
Retaining the original, matching-numbers V-12 engine, gearbox and differential. Accompanied by Ferrari heritage certificate; 43,000 miles. One of only about 350 examples originally built. A Ferrari Club of America (FCA) Platinum award winner.
Gallery: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta 5167GT - sold for €565,152
Original, matching-numbers V-12 engine; recent bare-metal refinish. One of only 355 examples originally built; competition-bred mechanicals. Single ownership for 25 years.
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Gallery: 2011 London Auction by RM
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso 4393GT - sold for $880,000
Certified by Ferrari Classiche. Matching-Numbers Engine. Exquisite Restoration by F40 Motorsports and Greg Jones. Stunning Period Color Combination. The Ultimate Evolution of the 250 GT with Timeless Pininfarina Design. Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini.
Gallery: 2012 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta 5947GT - sold for €750,400
The 347th of only 350 examples produced. Ferrari Classiche certification. Fully restored in Italy in 2010. Maranello’s most elegant 1960s grand tourer.
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Gallery: Monaco 2012 by RM Auctions
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso 5683GT - sold for $1,265,000
Incredibly Well Presented, Detailed, and Correct Throughout. One of Only 355 Examples Produced from 1963–1964. The Final Expression of the Legendary 250 GT Model Lineage. Regarded as One of Ferrari’s Most Beautiful 250 GT Models.
Gallery: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auction
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso 5537GT - sold for $1,386,000
The 275th of 350 examples produced. Matching-numbers, low mileage example. Extensive concours-quality restoration completed in June 2013. Documented by marque historian Marcel Massini. Last of the celebrated 250 GT models.
Gallery: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions
1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L 'Lusso' 5471GT - sold for $924,000
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Gallery: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions
1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L 'Lusso' 5215GT - sold for $2,447,500
The final iteration of the Ferrari 250 series. The 168th of 350 examples produced. One of the most comprehensively restored examples, finished in a desirable color combination. Matching numbers and Ferrari Classiche certified.
Gallery: 2014 Arizona by RM Auctions