After watching the morning drive video of the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso again (and again), I found the actual car that was driven by James Chen in the video and it’s up for sale!
But first things first … some model information.
The 250 series (1953-1964) spawned some iconic Ferrari models (racing- and road legal models), like the 250 GTO, 250 LM and 250 GT California Spyder LWB. Most 250 models featured the 3 litre Colombo V12 engine which produced up to 296 hp (in the Testa Rossa and GTO). The 250 referred to the capacity of one cylinder (250 cc).
The road cars feature a short wheelbase (SWB) 94.49 in (2,400 mm) or long wheelbase (LWB) 102.36 in (2,600 mm).
The 250 GT Lusso (Italian for Luxury) was produced from 1963 to 1964. And is also known as GT/L or GTL. It was introduced at the 1962 Paris Show and featured the Tipo 168 V12 with 240 hp.
The same engine as the iconic 250 GTO, which made it one of the fastest road cars of his time: 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7-8 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). Besides the engine the Lusso also made use of the GTO’s tubular chassis (with narrower tubes), four-wheel disc brakes and Borrani wheels.
It was the luxurious evolution of the 250 GT SWB, featuring only two seats but with more interior space and room for luggage behind the seats. Although the 250 GT’s short wheelbase was maintained, more interior space was created by moving the engine forward. Pinin Farina designed the Lusso and Scaglietti was responsible for the body production. The body was all steel except the aluminium doors, boot lid and bonnet.
On the outside the more curvaceous design with the curved wings and tapered rear immediately stand out. The long hood with rectangular air vent and the three piece bumper embraced the four headlights, while the Kamback body (with an abrupt cut off tail) reduced drag. Such aerodynamic enhancements were a first for Ferrari.
The 250 GT Lusso was the last of the 250 series, which was known for models which could be used for both racing and regular usage. From that time on Ferrari’s became more sophisticated and geared towards daily use instead of racing. The 250 GT Lusso’s successor was the 275 GTB.
This chassis 5397 was delivered in Italy March 1964, in Blue Scuro 18942 with Rosso VM3171 hide interior. Shortly after which it was exported to the USA. The car re-entered Europe in the mid 70’s and was owned by several high profile owners such as Nick Lancaster (Ferrari dealer), Anthony Moody and Peter Rae (Ferrari collector). In 2001 the 5397 was back in the USA and received a comprehensive restoration. In 2003 James Chen (the driver in the video) acquired the car and kept it until early 2014. In July 2014 it received the prestigious Ferrari Classiche certification.
What isn’t there to like on this car?
It’s very elegant with the small pillars, lots of glass and the curved wing line. The three piece bumper is a real eye catcher and makes the front really stand out for me. The single rear lights and full-width bumper complement the minimalistic rear fantastically. From any angle you look at it, the design is always in balance.
The leather on the dashboard, centre console and seats creates a real vintage GT atmosphere. While the three-spoke wooden Nardi steering wheel and the many gauges on the dashboard are fine examples of Ferrari’s racing heritage.
Oh, I almost forgot, the V12-sound … instant goosebumps guaranteed.
Pricing starts at $2,300,000 which seems “reasonable” looking at past sales. The car has only 51,774 km, which is pretty low for a 51-year old car.
If you are the lucky owner who buys this gorgeous classic, don’t forget you’ve got the link here. And I’m always available for a drive to experience the V12 soundtrack in real life! 😉
This Ferrari 250 GT Lusso is offered by Chequered Flag (USA).