250 LUSSO RE­AL­I­TIES

Classic Cars (UK) - - Ferrari 250 Gt Lusso -

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.’

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