Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso (1963)
There’s something deeply poetic about the sight of cars with a lot of history / pedigree in a museum, all sparkling clean and standing in the very same position for years in a row.
This Lusso was one of the few intended for actual racing, not road cruising, and yet, there it is, in its own form of casket.
Ferrari 250 GTO (1962)
Not only one of the greatest pieces of automotive history to come out to the world, but a definitive turning point for Ferrari in every possible way.
In 1960, Bizzarrini was still working for Ferrari and had at its hands the responsibility for the 250 GTO: he cleverly went for the 3 liter V12 and the base body of the 250 GT SWB. He then began working with Scaglietti to work on the body of the Omologata.
After many fights with other engineers and old man Enzo himself, Bizzarrini was invited to leave Ferrari for good, being replaced by Mauro Forghieri who completed the project.
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (1959)
In Ferrari history, there is no bad 250. And there are a lot of 250. I mean a lot.
Alongside the California SWB, this Berlinetta GT is probably one of the most desireable Ferraris in history. Bizzarrini himself was one of the responsibles for this gorgeous iconic racer, and its price makes sure you don’t forget about all of this heritage.
Ferrari 250 LM (1964)
The 250 “Le Mans” was meant to replace the highly successful 250 GTO in the GT category, which even used a bored 3.3 litre engine that derived from the previous model.
However, FIA denied the homologation request for the 250 LM, since Ferrari had only built 32 examples instead of the 100 which were required. They did get away with this 10 years earlier with the 250 GTO, claiming it was just a rebodied 250 GT, but the stunt didn’t work again.
Unable to compete in its category, Ferrari still entered the LM in the Prototypes class, competing against much more sophisticated rivals. However, this didn’t stop the 250 LM from tasting a fair amount of glory: it won 10 out of its 35 starts, making it a highly respectable and full of pedigree Ferrari racing car.
Textures: the interior of the Ferrari 250 GT Coupe just begs to be touched. And you also beg for it to let you touch it. I think I’ve just described the perfect lover relationship without knowing it?
The pretty Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta (1961-ish) at Spa Classic, 2011.
Ferrari 250 GTO, Targa Florio, 1962.
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale EW Bertone (1960)
The guts of the 3rd 250 GT SWB ever built, the chassis no. 1739, personally comissioned by Dottore Enrico Wax of Italy in his own likings, which turned this SWB into a dignified Speciale.
Ferrari 250GT Prototype EW Bertone interior (1960)
“1739 GT was fitted with a brushed stainless steel roof, rockers and front and rear valances. It also had a one-off wire mesh grille, headlight covers and Ferrari’s first ever rear window defroster. Additionally, the hood and fenders could be flipped forward to expose the entire engine and front chassis – a configuration referred to as a “clam shell”. The interior featured rolled, pleated and fully adjustable folding seats, an unique “pistol grip” gear lever, electric windows and full fitted luggage. A particularly unique interior design feature is the central placement of the speedometer and tachometer, which predated the similar design found in the 250 GT Lusso by three years!
An oversize Ferrari emblem graced the hood and the side of the car was badged with Enrico Wax’s initials “Prototype E.W.” 1739 GT was also the first Ferrari to be fitted with Campagnolo cast magnesium wheels. This car significantly influenced later Ferraris, particularly the 250 GT Lusso. Battista ‘”Pinin” Farina was unrestrained in expressing his admiration for the design of this car and acknowledged borrowing liberally from it for future creations.”
Don’t mind this, it’s just a picture of an old man with an old car.
It just so happens that his name is Sir Stirling Moss and the car is a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta. There is much win in this picture.