Monday, 9 September 2013

McQueen's Lusso

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

In the fabled and eye-wateringly expensive world of the Ferrari 250, it's the GTO that grabs the headlines: ultra-rare, enormously desirable, and costing a minimum of £20,000,000 on the rare occasions that they change hands. Collectors can tell you where in the world every single example is. It's a whole moneyed subculture.
But for me, the GTO is only my third-favourite 250. In second place is the gorgeously proportioned Tour de France, but the top spot is taken by this, the 250 GT Lusso.
Under the bonnet is a detuned version of the GTO's Tipo 168 engine; a 3.0-litre V12 with triple Webers, the Lusso producing a brisk 247bhp to the GTO's 300. The gorgeous coachbuilding was taken care of by Scaglietti and it remains, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful cars ever built. There simply isn't a single awkward proportion or misplaced design feature, it's perfect. And this one is arguably more special than most: it was delivered new to none other than Steve McQueen back in 1963 - the King of Cool himself wrung the neck of this sublime sports-tourer in period, and in 1997 it was fully restored to McQueen spec. It's now a regular on the international concours circuit, has competed in the Ferrari tribute Mille Miglia, and won the 2010 Ferrari Owners Club National Concours. Fancy, huh?

Spotted at Salon Privé 2013 - click here for more photos.

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