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Coachwork by Scaglietti
*Please note that a Ferrari Classiche certification application has been submitted for this car.
Compagnia Italiana Marittima di Navigazione S.p.A, Genova, Italy(acquired new in July 1964 via Parauto S.r.l.)COMIF S.p.A., Milan, Italy (acquired from the above in April 1965)COVECOM, Milan, Italy (acquired from the above in April 1966)Immobiliare Miliani, Milan, Italy (acquired from the above in November 1969)Claude F. Myers III, Kansas City, Missouri (acquired in August 1971)George R. Shelley, Pompano Beach, Florida (acquired circa 1996)Steve Wolf, Boca Raton, Florida (acquired circa June 2008)Private Collection, Ohio, USA (acquired circa 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
XII Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2003FCA Exotic Car Festival, Celebration, Florida, April 2006
An Italian gran turismo of inimitable style, the 250 GT Lusso combined the finest qualities of Pininfarina design and Ferrari performance in one exceptionally versatile package.
As the last production 250 GT, the Lusso was the culmination of a decade of steady chassis development and benefited from a rugged, yet compliant suspension, four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes, and Ferrari’s brilliant three-liter V-12 engine. Though the Lusso was designed for civilized road use, more adventurous owners demonstrated its motorsport heritage with successful outings at the Targa Florio, the Tour de France, and the Spa sports car races. The Lusso’s exquisite coachwork, designed by Pininfarina and constructed by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, has always received great acclaim. Chuck Jordan of General Motors Styling Department famously remarked that, “Pininfarina’s Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso exhibits for all time that transformation of form and function into the spiritual presence by which great art transcends mere art.”
In total, just 350 of these elegant Ferraris were built between 1963 and 1964; however, their splendid design, unrivaled touring capabilities, and association with some of the most glamorous personalities of the 1960s have contributed to their revered status among collectors and Ferrari aficionados.
The Lusso offered here, 5791 GT, is the 324th example built and was completed by Ferrari in June 1964. According to factory records, this Lusso was originally finished in Argento (Silver) with black leather upholstery, a refined color scheme that perfectly suits the understated character of the timeless Pininfarina design.
On July 9, 1964, the Lusso was delivered to official Ferrari concessionaire Parauto S.r.l. in Genova and a week later the car was sold to its first owner, Compagnia Italiana Marittima di Navigazione S.p.A. Between 1964 and 1971, 5791 GT remained in Italy, registered initially in Genova, and later in Milan.
In August 1971, Milanese dealer Viviano Corradini and his business partner Mr. Lavasseur sold the Lusso to Claude F. Myers III, the son of a successful textile and banking executive. At this time, 5791 GT was shipped aboard the SS Torinita, making the journey from Sovona, Italy, to the US, where it has remained since.
It is believed that Mr. Myers owned the Ferrari until the late 1980s, when it was sold to Walter Giovanelli’s Barchetta Motorcars in Brentwood, New York. The Lusso then passed through another East Coast dealer before being acquired by noted classic car collector George R. Shelley of Pompano Beach, Florida. During his ownership, Mr. Shelley displayed the Lusso at several prominent concours events, including the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, the FCA Exotic Car Festival, and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
By summer 2008, 5791 GT had been sold to noted collector Steve Wolf of Boca Raton, Florida, and from there the Lusso joined a distinguished private collection in the Midwest. The current owner, a noted Chicago collector, acquired the Lusso following a long search for an excellent example of the famous model; and it has since resided among his impressive stable of classic Ferraris.
A perfectionist when it comes to the presentation and preparation of his cars, the consignor commissioned a comprehensive cosmetic restoration that was completed in spring 2014. This process included extensive engine bay and interior detailing, as well as a concours-quality, bare-metal repaint in the original, factory-delivered color. Once this work had been carried out, 5791 GT was sent to Continental Ferrari in Hinsdale, Illinois, for a thorough service and mechanical sorting.
Beautifully presented in all respects and prepared for judged exhibition, this exceptional 250 GT Lusso is ofered with a reproduction tool kit, jack, reproduction handbooks, and a history report compiled by marque historian Marcel Massini.
As it becomes increasingly difficult to find a genuine 12-cylinder Ferrari with style and substance, the appearance of 5791 GT at auction is a most exciting opportunity. Here is a car that is eligible for any number of international events, benefts from a high-caliber restoration, and is, according to many collectors, among the most rewarding classic Ferraris to own. Elegant and understated, the Lusso represents the very embodiment of stylish 1960s motoring, yet its design remains attractive and modern 50 years later.
For the collector in search of a well-rounded classic Ferrari, there is no need to look any further than this beautifully presented 250 GT Lusso.