1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta

1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso by Scaglietti Rasy Ran ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The Ferrari 250 GT/L berlinetta, simply known as the Lusso, is without a doubt one of the most successful and visually arresting grand-touring cars ever built, as the apogee of the 250 GT platform’s mechanical development and claiming a sporting exterior that is aesthetically among the most acclaimed designs of all time. Introduced at the 1962 Paris Salon as a replacement for the 250 GT coupe, the Lusso (Italian for “luxury”) featured an all-new interior arrangement highlighted by a revised dash panel and leather upholstery throughout the cabin.

Scaglietti’s realization of Pininfarina’s body design proved to be one of the coachbuilder’s most beautiful creations, with classic early cues like the egg-crate grille and delicately curved fenders giving way to long glass proportions and a fastback Kamm tail. Originally owned by jet-set luminaries and celebrities such as Steve McQueen, the Lusso was built in a modest quantity of just 350 examples over roughly two years of production. The GT/L has since evolved into one of Maranello’s most collectible production models. It is essentially the final and most developed evolution of the revered 250 GT lineage.

Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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