1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851

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Lot 124
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta

€ 1,600,000 - 1,900,000
US$ 1,800,000 - 2,100,000
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina/Scaglietti

Chassis no. 5851GT
Engine no. 5851
•Iconic model
•One of 350 made
•Unsurpassed Pininfarina style
•Restored in the early 1990s
•Ferrari Classiche certified

Arguably the most beautiful product ever to carry the Maranello marque's prancing horse emblem, the 250 GT Lusso debuted at the Paris Salon in October 1962. Styled by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, the Lusso (Luxury) combined racetrack looks with new standards of passenger comfort. Beautifully proportioned, it blended a low-slung nose, reminiscent of that of the SWB Berlinetta, with sculpted Kamm tail by means of some of the most exquisite lines yet seen on an automobile. Slim pillars and wide expanses of glass not only enhanced the car's outward appearance, but made for excellent visibility and a pleasantly light and airy interior.

The Lusso's immediate antecedent had been the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB. Introduced at the 1959 Paris Salon, the latter was a true dual-purpose car, arguably more capable than any Ferrari before or since of coping equally well with the conflicting demands of racetrack and highway. The 'SWB' (Short-WheelBase) designation arose from a chassis that, at 2,400mm, was 200mm shorter than the standard 250 GT's. Specifications could be varied to suit individual customers' requirements for either road or track, models supplied for competition use having lightweight aluminium-alloy bodies, the lusso road version enjoying a fully-trimmed interior and softer springing.

However, Ferrari's policy of building a single, dual-purpose race/road model did not survive long into the 1960s, the diverging requirements of the two markets necessitating greater specialisation in the form of the competition-only 250 GTO and the touring 250 GT Lusso. Built on a short-wheelbase chassis similar to that of the 250 GT SWB and 250 GTO, the Lusso was powered by Colombo's light and compact 3.0-litre V12. Breathing through three twin-choke Weber carburettors, the all-aluminium, two-cam unit produced 240bhp at 7,500rpm, giving the Lusso a top speed of 150mph (240km/h) and a useful 0-100mph (0-160km/h) acceleration time of 19.5 seconds. The result was not only one of the best looking Ferraris ever made, but also, courtesy of its competizione antecedents, one of the most rewarding to drive. An important milestone in the Maranello marque's history, the 250 GT Lusso was the last of the long-running 250 series and a most fitting finale to this most remarkable family of Ferrari road cars.

The 329th of the 350 Lussos made, left-hand drive chassis number '5851' was completed in May 1964 finished in Blu Notte with black leather interior. The following month the car was delivered to the official dealer Dino Ravasio & Sons in Verona, Italy but was soon sent on to the German importer Auto Becker in Düsseldorf. Auto Becker then sold the Ferrari to its first owner, a resident of Cologne, Germany where it was registered on Italian 'tourist' plates. For the next several years the Lusso returned regularly to Ferrari's Assistenza Clienti service facility in Modena, Italy, the last known occasion being in October 1971 (at 86,278 kilometres). By this time the car, which was still with its original owner, had been officially imported into Germany and registered there (in 1966).

Some time later the Ferrari was exported from Germany to France where it is known to have been owned by a Mr Lafuge in Paris from at least 1987. In the early 1990s the Lusso was fully restored in France, and in March 1995 was sold by Mr Lafuge. Re-upholstered in red leather, the car then passed, via a dealer, to Mathias Kroeger, founder and co-owner of Jelenia Plast LLC. The Ferrari was registered in Hamburg, Germany, and in the late 1990s was repainted in the original Blu Notte metallic, which is now complemented by an interior upholstered in Bordeaux leather.

In August 2000 Mr Kroger sold the Lusso, which passed to its next private owner, Dik Lievaart of Naaldwijk, Netherlands circa 2001/2002. In April 2002 Mr Lievaart drove the Lusso on the Lauswolt Tour Rallye organised by the Ferrari Club Nederland, and in September 2006 displayed the car at the 3rd Annual Concours d'Élégance held at the Paleis Het Loo in Appledorn, Netherlands. Ferrari Classiche certification was obtained in September 2008, and later that same month the car was driven by René and Marjoke van de Zande on the Ferrari Club Nederland's 25th Anniversary rally. It also participated in the Garage FF60 and Écurie Francorchamps Anniversary Rallye in May 2012. Circa 2013 the Ferrari passed to its next private owner, Mr Johan Van Puyvelde of Sint-Martens-Leerne, Belgium and thence, via the Fiskens dealership, to the current vendor in 2014.

Accompanying documentation consists of a history file containing invoices and photographs; a UK V5C registration document and 2015 MoT certificate; and the aforementioned Ferrari Classiche paperwork. The car also comes with a tool roll, two over-mats and one set of keys. A rare opportunity to acquire a car that is not only one of the most beautiful and exclusive Ferraris ever made, but also one of the most enjoyable to drive and own.
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1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta  Chassis no. 5851GT Engine no. 5851
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