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Lot 135

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $1,902,500

Estimate

$1,600,000 - $1,800,000

Chassis

5141 GT

Engine

5141

Car Highlights

Among the All-Time Great Sports Car Designs
The 133rd of 350 Lussos Built
Matching-Numbers Engine and Gearbox per Classiche Red Book
Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini
Timeless Pininfarina Lines Personally Favored by Enzo Ferrari

Technical Specs

2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 168U V-12 Engine
Three Weber 36 DCS Carburetors
240 BHP at 7,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Dunlop Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is titled 1964. Online bidding is not available for this vehicle.

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Ferrari Classiche CertifiedOriginal Owner (acquired new via Garage Fontanella in Torino, Italy, in 1963)P. Paul Pappalardo, Batavia, New York (acquired in 1971)Jack M. Hughes, Kingston, Ontario (acquired circa 1973)J. MacGeorge Snyder, Shoreham, Vermont (acquired in 1981)Robert Brown, Shelburne, Vermont (acquired from the above in 1992)Peter Hosmer, Rye, New Hampshire (acquired from the above in 1998)Harry Matthews, Golden, Colorado (acquired from the above in 1999)Glenn Farrell, Cape Neddick, Maine (acquired in 2002)Current Owner (acquired in 2008)

Ferrari Club of America, 33rd Annual National Meeting, Watkins Glen, New York, 1996Ferrari Club of America, 37th Annual National Meeting, Colorado, 2000Tutto Italiano, Larz Anderson Museum, Massachusetts, 2004Ferrari Club of America, 44th Annual National Meeting, Watkins Glen, New York, 2007 (Gold Award)Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, 2015

By the early 1960s, Ferrari’s racing and street cars began to diverge, with the Scuderia’s competition cars becoming ever more specialized and the road cars reflecting buyers’ growing demands for comfort and luxury. Debuting in 1962 at Paris, the grand touring-oriented 250 GT Lusso of 1963–64 shared a number of styling cues with the outgoing 250 GT SWB Berlinettas of 1960–63 and heralded a shift in Ferrari’s road models. Designed by Torino’s Pininfarina with masterfully sculpted compound curves and incredibly thin roof pillars that delivered excellent visibility, the Lusso’s sleek body was beautifully rendered by Scaglietti in steel, with the doors, hood, and trunk lid crafted in aluminum.

The Lusso’s chassis and engine were closely related to those employed by the competition-specification 250 GT SWB and 250 GTO. The Colombo-designed 60° SOHC V-12 was only somewhat detuned for road use with three, as opposed to six, Weber twin-choke carburetors and lower 9.2:1 compression, with output rated at 240 bhp at 7,000 rpm. Performance was brilliant, with Road & Track citing 0–60 acceleration in eight seconds, the quarter-mile in 16.1 seconds at 91 mph, and 150 mph flat-out. Famous Lusso owners populated a list of the era’s luminaries, including Battista “Pinin” Farina, the head of the Pininfarina design works that penned the Lusso, as well as Steve McQueen, whose glamorous photo shoot with his Lusso appeared in Esquire magazine in the 1960s. Just 350 of these achingly beautiful performers were built during 1963 and 1964. Today, they remain a tour de force that defies the passage of time.

The Lusso offered here, chassis 5141 GT, was constructed in late 1963 and registered as a 1964 model, having been sold to its first owner via the official Ferrari dealer in Torino, Garage Fontanella, in December 1963. Originally finished in Rosso over a Nero leather interior, the Lusso was soon repainted in silver and was exported to the US. In 1971, the Lusso was acquired by respected Ferrari enthusiast P. Paul Pappalardo of New York, who fondly recalls 5141 GT as his very first Ferrari, igniting his lifelong passion for the marque that has since led to ownership of a Le Mans-winning TR59 and two 250 GTOs, among many others.

Circa 1973, Mr. Pappalardo sold the Lusso to Jack Hughes in Kingston, Ontario, and it remained in his care through the early 1980s. During his ownership, it was refinished in light blue metallic. In 1981, 5141 GT returned to the US, spending the next 11 years with J. MacGeorge Snyder of Vermont, who often entered the car in local Ferrari Owners Club events. Mr. Snyder recently reported that, even at that time, his Lusso was among the oldest Ferrari models active in his chapter.

In late 1992, 5141 GT was acquired by Robert Brown, also a resident of Vermont. Under his care, the Lusso received an exterior refinish in dark blue and the interior was expertly re-trimmed in tan leather by Richmond Upholstery in Vermont. Additionally, a set of six 40mm Weber carburetors were fitted by Peter Markowski’s RPM Company. In 1998, Mr. Brown sold the freshened Lusso to collector Peter Hosmer of New Hampshire, who recalled 5141 GT as a “spectacular car” during his tenure. Mr. Hosmer maintained ownership through mid-1999 when it was purchased by Harry Matthews of Golden, Colorado; and the Lusso made an appearance at a local Ferrari Club of America event in Colorado the following year.

In summer 2002, the Lusso was sold through Alex Finigan of Paul Russell and Company to Glenn Farrell of Maine, who converted the induction back to its proper three-carburetor setup. It made appearances at multiple concours, culminating in a Gold Award at the FCA National Meeting at Watkins Glen, New York, in 2007.

In October 2008, the Lusso was acquired by the consignor, and was granted Ferrari Classiche certification, which documented the matching-numbers engine and gearbox, in April 2011. In the consignor’s care, 5141 GT has been shown occasionally, as part of an extensive collection maintained in a climatecontrolled private museum.

A favorite among those who have owned it, this impressive 250 GT Lusso now stands ready to have a new caretaker write its next chapter.