This Is What Makes The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso A $3 Million Car

Back when Ferrari first came out with the 250 GT Lusso, they meant for it to be more of a luxury grand tourer rather than a sports car like the 250 GT Berlinetta.

While its interior was more spacious than that of the regular 250 GT, the Lusso only seated two people, unlike the 250 GT/E, which was the first mass-production four-seat Ferrari.

As you might imagine for a car that dates back to the early 1960s, it comes with some quirks. For example, trying to switch something on or off inside the car is a risky proposition if you don’t know exactly what each button does – all the switches look the same and are completely unlabeled. Pull the wrong one and instead of turning on the wipers, you could mess with the fuel pump and stall the car.

On the road, Doug DeMuro, who did this review, enjoyed the Lusso, stating that the clutch is easy to operate, although, despite being powered by a V12 engine, it’s not particularly fast or loud.

Overall, for a ’60s Ferrari, the Lusso is spacious, comfortable and easy to drive. It was also very luxurious and stylish back in its glory days, which is why it’s worth as much as it is today.

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  • I remember when GT/L and to some extend the GTE is relatively affordable, even now they become multi million classics. But GT/L would be better for cruising in European mountain than spartan 250GT.

    Oh yeah I remember in 80s, 250 GTE is so cheap that someone put a chevy small block, wolfrace alloys and fiberglass homemade body kits on it.

  • Six_Tymes

    This car is beautiful.

    Hey Doug, you did mean to say, Take the body off the chassis. Because you said “Lift the chassis off the body”.

  • Six Thousand Times

    What, no glovebox? I’m out.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Wow, this car is very beautiful…. Who designed it? Pininfarina? Bertone? or maybe Zagato?

    • Designed by Pininfarina but build by Scaglietti.

      A bit of short Ferrari design lesson. At first Ferrari only produce rolling chassis (from 166 to 212 for example). So there aren’t any standard design. But by 60s with 250 Ferrari decided to standardized design by appointing Pininfarina as sort of official Ferrari car designer (the agreement is unwritten). Almost all cars Ferrari made until LaFerrari is designed by Pininfarina except for 308 GT4 by Bertone.

      Since LaFerrari, Ferrari designed their car in house under Centre Stilo, effectively ending almost 50 years of cooperation.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Seriously! Who lets this guys near a car like this??

    • Polyester Poontang

      The same people who let morons make comments like you just did.

    • Enter Ranting

      That’s right. This car should only be enjoyed by arrogant pricks like you. Shouldn’t you be shaming commenters on some Corvette blog?

  • I DON’T SEE THE APPEAL, ESPECIALLY FOR 3 MIL. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE ELIMINATION OF THE WING VENTS WAS COOL, WITH THE CLEAN LINE.YOU NEED AIR THAT’S WHAT THE A/C IS FOR. BY ’69 MOST AMERICAN CARS HAD PUT THEM OUT TO PASTURE.

    • V12 Sounds and well just look at the design, 60s Ferrari are never about creature comfort. Even for the GT/L.

      • I DON’T FIND THE DESIGN OF THIS CAR APPEALING.

        • Fair enough, beauty is in the eye of beholder.

  • brn

    Amazingly beautiful. Truly stunning. However, classic cars are way overpriced right now. $3M is just nuts.

    I’ve been enjoying Doug’s trip to Dubi. Tomini Classics has to have some tremendous mechanics.

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