Long-lost ‘company-car’ Lusso surfaces in Florida
As hard as it is to believe, this Ferrari 250 GT Lusso has been parked in storage in Southern Florida since 1978. The first classic car boom came and went, the second and much longer boom in the prices of high-end exotica drew most barn-fresh Ferraris out of storage, yet only now does this car emerge – carrying a $1.4.-$1.8m estimate with it.
It’s chassis 5201, the 162nd of the 350 Lussos built. It was sold new in 1964 through Chinetti Motors in New York and covered just over 32,000 miles in the 14 years it was on the road, the last of which it spent registered to the second owner’s company. Although the car was repainted at some point before then, the engine is original and this chassis number has not previously been on the lists of surviving Lussos.
This freshness-to-market makes it all the more attractive to collectors and those who approve concours entries. Gooding & Company is offering the car at the Pebble Beach sale on August 24-25.
Expect to see this at a top-level concours soon, either in a preservation category or freshly restored in its original Nero over Grigio colour scheme