1963 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso ‘Competizione’

Why Blouin chose to race a Lusso is a mystery, as by 1965 the era of the front-engine competition car was coming to an end

The Lusso is regarded as the most beautiful of all Pininfarina’s creations on the 250 GT chassis. It is a true Granturismo, combining high performance with contemporary levels of elegance. Chassis 4965GT left the factory in September 1963, destined for Paris dealer Franco-Britannic for delivery to Robert Blouin, who specified light blue (Azzurro) coachwork with red leather. Blouin decided to race his Lusso not merely at club level, as two others were, but at FIA Championship events
He first campaigned it in the Grand Rallye de l’Ouest in France in March 1964. On 17 May, Blouin drove in the grueling Grand Prix de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium but DNF’d. One week later he raced, this time at Montlhéry for the Prix de Paris, with unknown results.
On May 9, 1965, he entered the Lusso in its most important event, the Targa Florio, with a co-driver named Sauer. While they completed the ten 44-mile laps, they were not classified, as Jess Pourret relates in his definitive book Ferrari 250GT Competition Cars: “The Frenchmen.drove Blouin’s Lusso from Normandy to Sicily to enter the Targa.Near the end (of the race), Blouin encountered a gravely wounded competitor and stopped to pick him up and deliver him to the next Red Cross point. This put him out of contention as far as allowed time was concerned.”
On May 16, 1965, Blouin again entered at Spa for the annual GT Championship GP. He placed either 6th or 16th overall, either way a respectable result considering the opposition included Ferrari LMs, GTOs, and the Shelby Cobra Daytona coupes. Blouin retired from competition thereafter, and in February 1969, the car was sold to a lady in Paris. It remained with her for more than two decades, before passing to Ralph Bruggmann of Switzerland and competing in the 1998 Tour Auto retrospective. It was acquired soon afterwards by French enthusiast Cazalières, running at Monza in the 2000 Shell Ferrari Challenge and the Le Mans Classic before finally joining the present owner’s collection. So its eligibility for most historic events is beyond doubt.

This 1963 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso is offered in faultless condition. Its engine was replaced by another, which was restamped with the previous engine number. It has covered only 300 kilometers since a rebuild, with new pistons, rings, and bearings; the rear axle is rebuilt with new crown and pinion, whilst the transmission has been stripped and checked. The chassis is believed accident free. The new silver gray paintwork is immaculate, and the interior, trimmed in deep burgundy leather, is believed to be original. A period roll bar is fitted, plus racing belts, battery cut-out, and safety fuel tank. Offered with old French and Swiss registrations, FIA papers, and documents relating to its racing past, this is a special Berlinetta with a unique history.

John Apen

John Apen - SCM Contributor

John holds degrees in engineering and operations research from the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, and Johns Hopkins. He vintage raced a Ferrari TdF for 13 years and has been restoring old cars for nearly 50 years. He owned the Atlanta Ferrari-Maserati dealership, FAF, for 17 years. He’s always had an affinity for obscure American cars, and in high school, he drove a 1936 Packard convertible coupe, followed by a 1949 Olds Holiday hardtop that got him through college. Today his garage includes 11 cars, including a Top Flight 1960 Corvette he’s owned since day one, a 1957 T-Bird, and several vintage Ferraris. His automotive library contains over 5,000 magazines and books and 1,800 auction catalogs. He has contributed to SCM since 1996.

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