The Shurlock Collection 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso
- TOTAL DISPLACEMENT
- 2953 cc
- MAXIMUM POWER
- 240 bhp @ 7500 rpm
- TOP SPEED
- 150 mph
The Lusso, designated the 250 GT/L, was launched at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962 as the last of Ferrari’s hugely successful 250 range. As the name indicated, this was the luxury gran tourismo in the line-up, but in spite of its lavishly-appointed interior, comfortable driving position and ample luggage space on the quilted rear parcel shelf and in the boot, the Lusso was as adept at blasting through twisting Alpine passes as it was purring around the streets of Monte Carlo.
The reason for its crisp handling was down to its short wheelbase chassis design, inherited from two of Ferrari’s most successful race cars, the 250 SWB and the 250 GTO. But its sporting prowess was also thanks to its engine, the 3-litre, triple-carburettor version of Ferrari’s legendary Colombo V12, variants of which powered some of the greatest Ferraris ever, from the 125S and 125 F1 in the late 1940s right through to the Daytona in the 1970s and finally the 400 in the 1980s.
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever built, the Lusso’s Pininfarina-designed steel and aluminium body was built across the road from Ferrari’s Modena factory by coachbuilder Scaglietti, who had crafted the bodies of many of Ferrari’s most famous models since the late 1940s.
A total of 351 Lussos were built between 1963 and late 1964, and illustrious owners over the years have included Steve McQueen and Eric Clapton, and now no serious Ferrari collection is without a Lusso.
|TYPE||Front, longitudinal 60° V12|
|BORE/STROKE||73 x 58.8mm|
|UNITARY DISPLACEMENT||246 cc|
|TOTAL DISPLACEMENT||2953 cc|
|COMPRESSION RATIO||9.2 : 1|
|MAXIMUM POWER||240 bhp at 7500 rpm|
|POWER PER LITRE||81 hp/l|
|VALVE ACTUATION||Single overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder|
|FUEL FEED||Three Weber 36 DCS carburettors|
|IGNITION||Single spark plug per cylinder, two coils|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||Independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers|
|REAR SUSPENSION||Live axle, radius arms, semi-elliptic springs, co-axial coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers|
|TRANSMISSION||4-speed + reverse|
|STEERING||Worm and sector|
|FUEL TANK||Capacity 114 litres|
|FRONT TYRES||185 x 15|
|REAR TYRES||185 x 15|
|FRONT TRACK||1395 mm|
|REAR TRACK||1387 mm|
|WEIGHT||1020 kg (dry)|
|TOP SPEED||150 mph|
|ACCELERATION 0-60 mph||8 secs|