Of all Ferrari's postwar body styles, Pininfarina's enduring Scaglietti-built design for the 250GT Lusso Berlinetta is surely one of the most elegant and pure. The prototype Lusso was exhibited at the October 1962 Paris Salon where it received a rapturous reception. Its chassis was derived from that of the competition GTO but shared the short 94.5 inch / 2400mm wheelbase of the preceding Berlinetta and Spider models. The front suspension was by forged steel wishbones, coil springs and Koni telescopic dampers, the rear axle located with twin radius arms and semi-elliptical leaf springs on each side. A Watts linkage pivoted on the rear of the differential housing prevented sideways axle movement whilst the rear dampers were encompassed by light springs to assist the system. Servo assisted disc brakes and Borrani wire wheels completed the running gear. The 3-litre short block V12 engine featured a single overhead camshaft for each cylinder bank and delivered over 240bhp at a silken 7,500 rpm, endowing this peerless beauty with superb performance to match its outstanding
As the 'Lusso' designation implies, it was an SWB developed specifically for road use with a high level of trim and appointment. For many people, the Lusso is the ultimate road Ferrari since it has all the dynamics of the 250GT SWB but with a Pininfarina body which some would argue is the maestro's finest work. Apart from the flow of the lines, ending in a Kamm tail which recalls the GTO, the thin pillars allowed the expanse of glass to be an essential part of the overall look. Not only is the shape breathtaking, even by Pininfarina standards, but the detailing is arguably the finest ever created by the studio.
The car offered today is really quite special; there is only one other known example to this specification - that of one built for Enzo Ferrari himself, who evidently found he too wanted a little more power than the standard Lusso. Respected restorer Terry Hoyle after purchasing this car a number of years ago, decided to modify it with the addition of a rebuilt 3,967cc 330GTC engine, producing in standard form a more healthy 300bhp at a more leisurely 6,600rpm, an increase of 25% over the Lusso's standard unit. A comprehensive history file, including restoration, shows bills for a gearbox overhaul, a total respray, numerous other items including suspension, lighting, brightwork, rubber seals, etc., in short a complete rebuild by Terry Hoyle. Adding the rear vents, Hoyle maintains they shorten what is 'otherwise an excessive overhang', something abetted by the removal of the standard heavy rear bumper. Running standard gear and axle ratios, this Lusso is said to run to around 145mph. The difference here is the manner in which it is achieved. A former racing driver and sales director of Maranello Concessionaires, upon driving this car at Goodwood, declared it to be a well-sorted and exciting car. Having formed part of a private collection in recent years and now offered on behalf of the deceased owners estate, a current MoT, road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document accompany this rare car.