Long-lost ‘com­pany-car’ Lusso sur­faces in Florida

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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

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