Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Winner, Masters’ Class, NZ Classic Car Weekend, Intermarque Concours d’Elegance, Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand, 2010.
Steel body on tubular steel frame. Aluminium doors, boot and bonnet.
The full title of the 250 GT Lusso is 250 GT
Pininfarina Berlinetta, but the name ‘Lusso,’ meaning ‘luxury’ has stuck.
Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful Pininfarina designs for Ferrari, the Lusso sold as a road-going car and directly benefited from the successful lineage of its predecessor, the Ferrari 250 GT. It was developed from the dual-purpose 250 GT Short Wheel Base (SWB), delivered as both a full-on competition or a steel-bodied grand touring car. When the SWB’s time was up, its road-going version was replaced in 1962 with the more curvaceous 250 GT Lusso.
The very first Lusso appeared in October of 1962 at the Paris Salon and generated much admiration for its exquisite proportions.