250 LUSSO REALITIES
So you’ve got a million or so to invest in a 250 GT Lusso. But what are they like to look after and get parts for, and what is it likely to cost to run one? We asked James Cottingham of DK Engineering to spill the beans. ‘They’re strong and durable cars. If one has been well restored and maintained you should only need to carry out annual servicing. Every few years that will need to include setting up the carburettors, brakes and suspension – a fine art. But on average you should get change out of £2000 for annual servicing.
‘From the Sixties all 250-series Ferraris were similar mechanically, which has helped with the parts situation; and there’s a good worldwide network for them. Ferrari keeps a good stock of parts and when something becomes needed someone will make it.
‘The key is to buy the right car in the first place. You want something that’s never been accident damaged, so a complete history file is important. Look out for corrosion, of course, and don’t buy a Lusso without carrying out a compression test, because that’s the first sign of engine issues and putting those right will be expensive.’