A prototype of the new 250 GT Lusso appeared at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962. The strikingly elegant lines, blending into an aero-efficient Kamm tail, were reminiscent of not only the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta but also the 250 GTO. Notably, the Lusso was the last Ferrari model to be equipped with the legendary Gioacchino Colombo-designed 3.0-liter V12 engine. With three Weber carburetors, as opposed to the six used on the racing version, the unit used in the Lusso produced about 250 horsepower and was capable of propelling the car to a top speed of 150 mph and sprinting from rest to 60 mph in only eight seconds. Simply put, this new 250 GT combined gorgeous styling with a leather-trimmed interior and all the race-bred-12 performance that continues to symbolize Ferrari today.
The Lusso was manufactured from 1963 until 1964, a very short period, with merely 355 produced. Aside from a virtually endless list of positive press reviews in period and today, the Lusso attracted numerous well-known clients, including Steve McQueen; Harvey Postlethwaite, Ferrari’s former head of F1 design; and Battista “Pinin” Farina, who was apparently so pleased with the outcome of his company’s design that he had to have an example for his own personal use.
Finished in metallic gray with black leather interior, 5167GT was in Virginia during the 1970s and Connecticut during the 1980s. In 1987, it was acquired by the current owner and exported back to Italy. He has owned the car for a remarkable 25 years.
Shortly after its purchase, 5167GT was treated to a full, body-off restoration, and the car was finished in black with a cream leather interior. Ferrari specialists in Milan rebuilt the V12 engine, a specialist in Monza performed the bodywork, and the interior work was entrusted to Selleria Luppi of Modena. During the restoration, a brand-new set of Borrani wire wheels was fitted to the car. The owner intended to use the car at Ferrari Club events. However, due to a lack of time, the car was used only sparingly on weekends. Since the restoration was completed, the car has been driven only about 5,592 miles.
Recently, the owner decided to return 5167GT to its original exterior color of Grigio Metallizzato. It was given a bare-metal refinish, with all chrome re-plated. All of the suspension and brake components were recently rebuilt and restored. Approximately 800 man-hours were invested. Photographs of recent work are contained within the car’s history file.
It comes complete with copies of the original Ferrari build sheets and is confirmed to be a matching-numbers car. Offered from long-term single ownership of a quarter-century and having formed part of a small but high-quality collection, this is a tremendously attractive opportunity for Ferraristi.