17 May 1999
1964 FERRARI 250 GT BERLINETTA LUSSO
COACHWORK BY SCAGLIETTI TO A PININFARINA DESIGN
Chassis no. 53 35
Engine no. 53 35
Engine: V12, single overhead camshaft, 2,953cc, 220bhp at 7000rpm. Gearbox: single plate clutch, four-speed, all-synchromesh; Suspension: front, independent with helicoidal springs, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs, Koni shock absorbers; Brake: Dunlop discs all round. Left hand drive.
When the new 250 Gran Turismo was launched at the 1954 Paris Salon it was described as the first standard series production Ferrari. This new car (which became the foundation model of all subsequent 250 GTs, including the legendary Testa Rossas and 250 GTOs) was evolved between Maranello and Pinin Farina.
Pininfarina developed several different bodywork designs for the 250 GT; his Berlinetta Lusso treatment first appeared at the 1962 Paris Salon and was an instant success. The sleek design was both curvaceous and aggressive with full-length wings sweeping to the truncated tail - so designed in acknowledgment of the aerodynamic theories of Dr. Kamm. The short wheelbase of the earlier 250 GTs was retained but a new chassis configuration for the Lusso placed the engine several centimetres further forward allowing for a more roomy and comfortable interior than its predecessors. The appeal of the Berlinetta Lusso could not be better summarised than Tanner and Nye did in their book "Ferrari" where they wrote "The two-seat Berlinetta Lusso will remain one of the most graceful of all attainable Ferraris. It was never produced in great numbers, and the modest concessions it made to road-going comfort made it a specialised bridge between the increasingly luxurious production road cars and the full-house competition 250 GTOs"
This handsome example has gorgeous dark red paintwork, polished Borrani wheels with triple eared spinners and lovely tan leather interior trim throughout. The car is Swiss registered.
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