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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 model, 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. Though the Lusso was designed for civilized road use, more adventurous owners demonstrated its motor sport 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 Battista “Pinin” Farina and constructed by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, has always received great acclaim. As Chuck Jordan of GM’s Styling Department famously remarked, “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. Their splendid design, outstanding driving experience, and association with some of the most glamorous personalities of the 1960s have contributed to their revered status among collectors and aficionados.
Regarded as an automotive great from the outset, the Lusso has always been a desirable Ferrari. Marque historians have carefully traced the whereabouts of these cars over the past decades and the vast majority of examples are accounted for, generally residing in major collections or long-term ownership.
The history of this particular Lusso, chassis 5931 GT, can be traced back to July 1964, when it was completed at the Ferrari factory. According to the research of Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this late-production Lusso, the 341st example built, was originally finished in the rare and attractive color scheme of Azzurro (Light Blue, Italver 19278) with Nuvola (Cloud Gray) Connolly leather upholstery.
Delivered new to the official North American Ferrari distributor, Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York, 5931 GT spent most of its early years in the Eastern US. First owned by a Mr. Sapperstein, the Ferrari was later repainted white then, in 1970, sold to Arthur Stickney of Boston. After about eight years in his ownership, the Lusso was sold to William Butler of Washington, D.C., in whose care it remained for several decades.
5931 GT finally reappeared in 2011 and, after trading hands a few times, came to reside in a prominent Southern California collection. Soon after acquiring the Lusso in 2013, the new owner commissioned his preferred restorer, Fast Cars Ltd. of Redondo Beach, to perform a complete restoration.
This process, which is documented by many detailed photos, addressed every aspect of the Ferrari, including stripping the bodywork to bare metal, disassembling and rebuilding the electrical and mechanical components, and refinishing the coachwork in elegant Amaranto paint with beige leather upholstery. Interested bidders are directed to review this extensive collection of photos as they provide insight into the scope of the work performed, and show the Lusso prior to restoration, with photos showing various body and trim pieces stamped with 5931. Additional research confirmed both the engine and rear axle as original matching-numbers components, with internal numbers corresponding to the factory records.
One of the truly great Ferrari models of all time, the 250 GT Lusso is a beautiful, exclusive, and immensely gratifying sports car – one which can be enjoyed in a variety of historic events or simply admired for its aesthetic brilliance. High quality examples seldom appear for public sale; to find a car such as 5931 GT, which benefits both from a known history and recent expert restoration, is an especially rare occurrence.