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Saturday, October 24, 2015

The 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Was Built For Luxury


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1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso was built for only two years in 1963 and 1964. It was a GT car that was larger than the 250 GT Berlinetta and also more luxurious. It wasn’t built for competitive racing and so it was less spartan and more elegant than its contemporaries.

The 250 GT Lusso was designed by Pininfarina and bodied by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. It had a more spacious interior than the 250 GT, but it was still only a two-seater.

The car made its debut at the 1962 Paris Motor Show as a prototype with only minor changes being made in the production model. It was the last Ferrari with the Gioacchino Colombo 3.0-liter V12 engine and had horrible smoke issues at high acceleration.

1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Profile

The more spacious interior didn’t mean it was huge or a great fit for everyone. It was still tight and had fixed-position seatbacks with adjustable pedals to accommodate drivers of varying heights. The instrument panel was leather-covered and the three-spoke Nardi steering wheel featured wood and aluminum. These details helped make the interior feel a bit more special.

Despite not being designed for competition, the car made appearances at a few events in the mid 1960s including the Targa Florio and Tour de France. It had a top speed of 150 mph and a 0-62 mph time of eight seconds. Only 351 units were built before the Lusso was replaced by the Ferrari 275 GTB making it a highly collectible car today.

1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Rear