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250 GT Lusso

The 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso was first presented at the 1962 Paris Motor Show and was the final pure road car in the 250 GT series and continued in production until the latter part of 1964. Styled by Pininfarina, the nose had a wide and low egg-crate grille similar to the SWB’ Berlinetta and three-piece bumper arrangement with in-built circular driving lights between the bumper sides and lower central piece.

A beautiful 250 GT/L on the driveway at GTO House
A beautiful 250 GT/L on the driveway at GTO House

The bodies were constructed in Modena at Scaglietti from steel with aluminium opening panels and mounted on a 2400 mm wheel base tubular steel chassis, similar to that of the concurrent SWB but with the engine mounted further forward in the frame to increase cabin space. 

The side profile of a 250 Lusso at GTO House
The side profile of a 250 Lusso at GTO House

The engine was derived from the 3-litre V12 Colombo ‘short’ block unit with the same 2953 cc capacity and bore and stroke of the SWB. It Fitted with a bank of three twin-choke Weber 36 DCS carburettors with a twin coil and rear-of-engine mounted distributor ignition system and produced 240 bhp. The engine was coupled with a 4-speed + reverse all-synchromesh gearbox, with final drive through a propeller shaft to the rigid rear axle, for which two alternative ratios were available.

The Lusso interior at GTO House
The Lusso interior at GTO House

Our decades of experience with numerous Lusso's has given us a rare ability to scrutinize every detail to ensure each example leaves our workshops having received the highest level of workmanship. Our experienced technicians regularly service numerous examples in our dedicated UK and US workshops and we are fortunate to prepare and support Lusso owners at fantastic automotive events around the world from driving tours to the very best collector concours.

Engine

Type: front, longitudinal 60⁰ V12
Bore and Stroke: 73 x 58.8mm
Total Displacement: 2,953cc
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Maximum Power: 237bhp at 7,500rpm

Chassis and Suspension

Frame: tubular steel
Front Suspension: independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers
Rear Suspension: live axle, radius arms, semi-elliptic springs, co-axial coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes: discs
Gearbox: 4 speed + reverse
Front Tyres: 185 x 15
Rear Tyres: 185 x 15
Fuel Tank: 114 litres – 25 gallons

Dimensions and Weight

Type: berlinetta
Wheelbase: 2,400mm
Front Track: 1,395mm
Rear Track: 1,387mm
Dry Weight: 1,020kg

Performance

Maximum Speed: 149 mph - 240 km/h