Stunning original dark blue with bone leather
A totally pampered three owner car
Same owner for 41 years
Full tools, books, and known history
Estimate: $1.8M - $2.1M
A beautifully maintained example of the prettiest road car.
As the last evolution of Ferrari’s famed line of 250 Berlinetta, the Ferrari 250 GT/L, “Lusso” is widely celebrated as one of Pininfarina’s most beautifully proportioned Ferrari’s. Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962, the Lusso’s soft and sensual lines have long been acclaimed as a designers “Tour de Force” by Pininfarina, beautifully executed by coach builder Scaglietti. The Lusso would be the last Ferrari to bear the legendary 250 name and Pininfarina saved their best-of-the-250 designs for last. The Lusso featured lessons learned by the Scuderia thanks to the GT class dominating 250 SWB and 250 GTO. Sitting on the same wheelbase chassis as Ferrari’s famed 250 SWB, power came from the last evolution of Ferrari’s 2,953-cc Colombo V-12, fitted with big-valve and big-port heads evolved from the 250 GTO. The combination of a race-proven V-12, well-spaced gearbox ratios, the shorter chassis, helper springs on the rear Koni shocks and a Watts linkage stabilizing the rear suspension resulted in a perfect balance of power, brakes and handling. Indeed, the combination of form-fitting seats, great visibility and very predictable handling has made the Lusso the perfect steed for spirited events such as the Tour Auto or Colorado Grand.
The short chassis and flowing front fenders evolved from the 250 SWB, arguably the greatest dual-purpose race and road car Ferrari ever created, while the elegantly swept rear body culminated in a Kamm tail with a subtle rear spoiler, similar to the 250 GTO and the forthcoming 275 GTB. “Lusso” means luxury and the driver and passenger were treated to the finest Italian leather and a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel, a trademark of the 250 Ferrari’s. The rear luggage shelf was quilted in fine Italian leather and offered space for designer luggage while the dashboard featured a large-diameter tachometer and speedometer in the center of the dashboard, angled toward the driver for easier readability.
The luxurious interior was heightened by the airy “greenhouse” design of the cabin, punctuated only by the thin rear pillars that house the panoramic rear window. This created a sweeping curve that merged delicately into a tiny rear deck. This design was distinct to the Lusso and offered almost 360-degree visibility for the driver, making the car both stylish and easier to maneuver through track or traffic. When the new Car and Driver magazine declared, “Its proportions approach perfection,” Automobile Revue called it “the most beautiful car in the world,” and Ferrari Magazine called it “one of the all-time classics.” Years after Lusso production ended, Road & Track proclaimed it as “Ferrari’s most beautiful car,”.
According to information complied by Ferrari Historian Mike Sheehan, 250 Lusso s/n 4481 GT/L was sold new in July 1963 in Italy thru Crepaldi, authorized dealer in Milan to S.I.L.V.A. Sas for a Mr. Bianchi and delivered new in Blu Notte Metallizzato 18943 Italver, the same dark blue on the car today. In 1969 250 Lusso s/n 4481 GT/L was sold to Riley Kuehn in Seattle and stayed with Mr. Keuhn until 2010, so one-owner for 41 years! In 2006-2007 Mr. Kuehn had his Lusso stripped and painted by William Creits CO, Auburn, WA and while apart for paint the chrome work done by Electrofinishing in Kent, WA. In 2009 – 2010 the engine, cooling system, heating system and all under hood components were rebuilt at a cost of $40,898.26 and the brakes and suspension were also rebuilt at a cost of $7,407.66. Both were done by Carlo at Alfa of Tacoma, the top shop for vintage Ferrari work in Washington. In 2010 the third and current owner had the transmission and water pump rebuilt by Rod Drew’s F.A.I., total invoice $8,500.14. 250 Lusso s/n 4481 GT is complete with correspondence between Mr. Kuehn and the factory confirming that 250 Lusso s/n 4481 GT/L was delivered new in “Blue Notte Metallizzato 18943 Italver” and was delivered new to S.I.L.V.A. Sas for Mr. Bianchi, The factory supplied Mr. Kuehn with copies of the original build sheets. 250 Lusso s/n 4481 GT/L also comes with the original tool roll and tools, the Kurt Miska “Berlinetta Lusso” book and the Merritt “Operating Handbooks”. 250 Lusso s/n 4481 GT/L is a gorgeous pampered three-owner Lusso with a documented history going back when it left the factory and is finished in its stunning original dark blue with tan color combination. Matching engine number, of course.
As the last of the legendary 250 GT road cars, the 250 Lusso remains one of the most beautiful and best driving Ferrari road cars ever produced. With only 350 cars built, the 250 Lusso has taken its place in history as the last and most collectible of the 250 GT road going Berlinetta’s. Thanks to a high-revving V-12, a well spaced gearbox and disc brakes and a Watts link rear suspension, the Lusso handles and drives as nicely as it looks. The Lusso set the styling standard for grand touring cars when new, and is the most user-friendly of the 250 Berlinetta’s today. This car is in absolutely breathtaking condition and would be a welcome addition to any serious Ferrari collection.