250 GT Lusso
Built as the last iteration of the 250 GT range, the 250 GT/L, also referred to as Lusso, benefitted from years of engineering, improvements, and refinements gained on the race cars and previous models. Presented to the world during the Paris Salon in 1962, it sported the ultimate development of the short-block Colombo 3.0 litre V12, four-wheel disc brakes, and coil over shock absorbers at all four corners. The elegant and timeless design was signed by Pininfarina, but the body was built at Scaglietti. The Lusso was built as a luxurious GT for the driver and his passenger, while being able to carry all their luggage and devour long distances comfortably. It was a hit among businessmen and celebrities, such as Steve McQueen, but still built in very limited numbers, with only 350 examples leaving the factory.
OUR 250 GT Lusso
Chassis 4825GT was completed by the factory in August of 1963. Finished in Grigio Argento over a Nero leather interior, it was delivered new to official importer Franco-Britannic Autos limited in Paris, France. The first owner, M. Daniel Leclery, would take delivery of it in the same month and register in Paris under the plates “3325 PB 75”. During his ownership Paris police records show that the car was briefly stolen in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris (near to M. Leclery’s office) before being discovered and returned six days later. Perhaps this incident prompted the first owner to part with his new Lusso as within a year the car had returned to Franco Britannic and been sold to M. Jack Leveque, also in Paris. In his ownership in July 1966, the car showed almost 35,000km and was maintained by Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti in Modena. The car changed hands annually with new owners in 1967, 68 and 69, before coming into the long term care of Jean-Pierre Delarue in 1975. M. Delarue registered his car in Amiens with the plate ‘4616 CC 92’. During his ownership the car was restored and repainted red. He seemingly used the Ferrari extensively, notably during the Ferrari France Club Meeting in 1983 and the 20th 250 GT Lusso Anniversary event at le Mas du Clos in the same year. In 1992 he participated in a retrospective of the Grand Prix Historique de Peronne with entry number ‘80’. After 22 years in his care the car passes to its last French owner, M. Jean-Claude Larrieu in November 1997, and is registered in the Seine-Maritime under ‘6140 SA 76’. By this time the car requires some work and M. Larrieu embarks on a full mechanical and body restoration, including changing the colour from red to dark blue over beige leather. Photographs of this restoration are available. After 17 years in his care, rising prices and a substantial offer from an international buyer prompt M. Larrieu to sell his Lusso in 2014 and the car leaves France for the first time since 1963.
In 2015 the new German owner entrusted it to Modena Classic Works in Italy to carry out a restoration on the car, with the aim of returning the car to its original colours of silver with a black interior. In 2020, he would entrust Joe Macari with carrying some works on the car, including changing the spec on the car to a deep metallic blue over a cream/tan leather interior, returning it to the same configuration as when he purchased the car in 2014. A comparison with the internal numbers listed in the Marcel Massini Report suggests that chassis 4825GT is matching numbers engine and gearbox.
Today, chassis 4825GT presents in beautiful freshly restored condition, with documentation of the works carried out at Modena Classic Works. Included in the file is an up-to-date Marcel Massini report from 2024, and full ownership history with supporting documents provided by French Ferrari historian Marc Rabineau. Available for immediate purchase at our Munich showroom, this is a truly fantastic example of one of Ferrari’s most coveted classics, with a design and charm that will never go out of fashion.