1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta
- 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
The gorgeous Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta is one of the most exquisitely proportioned and most beautiful of all Pininfarina styling creations on the legendary front-engined Ferrari 250 GT chassis. These were classic high-performance gran turismo cars with a difference, for they combined power and speed with the highest contemporary levels of elegance and comfortable accommodation for two, plus their luggage.
A prototype of the new 250 GT “Lusso” appeared at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962. The strikingly elegant lines, blending into a Kamm tail, were reminiscent of not only the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta but also the 250 GTO. In fact, the Lusso was the last car to be equipped with the Colombo-designed 3.0-litre V-12 engine. With three Weber carburettors as opposed to the six used on the racing version, the unit used in the Lusso produced about 250 bhp and was capable of propelling the car to a top speed of 240 km/h (150 mph) and sprinting to 100 km/h in only eight seconds. Simply put, this new 250 GT combined gorgeous styling with a leather-trimmed interior and all the V-12 performance Ferrari had become famous for.
The Lusso was manufactured from 1963 until 1964, a very short period; only 355 were built. Aside from an endless list of positive press reaction, the car attracted numerous well-known clients, including Steve McQueen, Dr. Harvey Postlethwaite, Ferrari’s former head of design in Formula 1, and Battista “Pinin” Farina, who was apparently so pleased with the outcome of his company’s design that he had to have a car for his personal use.
Chassis no. 5191 GT
The car offered here, chassis 5191 GT, was sold new through M. Crepaldi, the officially authorised Milanese Ferrari dealer, to its first owner Alfredo Honegger of Bergamo, Italy. In fact, the car has remained in and around northern Italy and southern Switzerland from new, passing through five known owners.
Honegger, who was in his sixties at the time, didn’t own the car for very long, however. In November 1965 he sold it to the second owner, Francisco Heredia of Portugal, who registered the car at the Automobile Club of Italy in Milan. 5191 GT remained in his ownership for 16 years before he sold it to Alfonso Malveni Campeggi of Milan, not long after participating in the Raid Ferrari d'’Epoca meeting in Modena.
In 1982, Mr. Campeggi sold 5191 GT to Dr. Hans Bernbach of Lugano, Switzerland, and in mid-September 1983, it participated in the Ferrari Days at Modena event. In late September 1985, 5191 GT was also in attendance at the "80 Anni di Sport con la Ferrari" event in Modena. Mr. Campeggi kept 5191 GT for over 20 years in his careful ownership, until he sold it to the current owner.
The current owner, a long-term Ferrari collector, acquired the car in 2005 and has enjoyed and maintained it ever since. 5191 GT has recently been given a full check-over and service by a marque specialist in Switzerland to ensure the car is in perfect running order prior to the auction. RM Auctions specialists recently travelled to Switzerland to inspect 5191 GT and can confirm the car runs and drives well. It started easily and the engine did not smoke and maintained good oil pressure. The paintwork does not exhibit any major flaws, and panel fit is excellent all around. Overall, this 250 GT Lusso presents very well and is ideally suited to be enjoyed on tours and rallies.
Despite its short two-year production run, the 250 GT/L is, on the strength of its appearance alone, one of the most appreciated and highly sought-after Ferraris today.
The Lusso proved to be the last of Ferrari’s long-lived 250 GT series. Conceived and executed as a luxury gran turismo, its success was attributable to the seamless blend of competition racing performance and sexy Italian styling – a winning combination exemplified by this highly desirable, matching-numbers example with known history from new.
Please note that this car is eligible for import into the UK at 5% VAT. Please note that the estimate has also been changed to €475,000 to €550,000. RM strongly advises thorough professional mechanical inspection before enjoying this car on the road.