A stunning 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso by Scaglietti that has been under single ownership for nearly five decades will go under the hammer in March.
Simply referred to as ‘Lusso’ (Italian for luxury), the Italian thoroughbred was introduced at the 1962 Paris Salon as a replacement for the 250 GT coupe and featured an all-new interior arrangement highlighted by a revised dash panel and leather upholstery throughout the cabin.
Scaglietti’s use of Pininfarina’s design and styling made the classic one of the most aesthetically pleasing creations of all time. Powerful lines, alluringly curved fenders, generous glass proportions and sporty Kamm tail were all ingredients that only the affluent and celebrities such as the legendary Steve McQueen could afford.
Only 350 examples were produced over a 24 month period making this one of Maranello’s most desirable production models, essentially the final and most developed evolution of the revered 250 GT lineage.
Matching numbers and single ownership for a staggering 48 years earned the mid-production Ferrari Platinum Awards at the Cavallino Classic on two separate occasions. According to the research of marque expert Marcel Massini, chassis no. 5183 GT is the 152nd example built and was dispatched to Scaglietti for coachwork in September 1963.
Driving it sparingly, the meticulous owner commissioned a complete repaint and re-upholstery in the late 70s, while the engine was overhauled and the suspension was rebuilt. The car was also given a comprehensive two-year refurbishment in the late 2000s by the respected Bob Smith of Gainesville, Texas, whose restorations have been awarded at prestigious venues around the world.
Mr Smith was reported to have completely rebuilt the engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes, and rear differential on the Ferrari 250 GT/L, while all the glass, chrome, and seals were refreshed. The coachwork was bare-blasted and repainted in a deep finish of medium blue paint, and the interior was retrimmed in supple beige leather.
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