Ferrari’s Brilliant 250 GT Lusso

If I utter the word supercar, your mind probably wanders off to Ferrari. No other exotic car manufacturer sounds as evocative or as exciting as Ferrari. Lamborghini comes close, but it’s still a distant second in most people’s minds. And how can you not love a company such as Ferrari? They seem to have it all. The gorgeous logo with the prancing horse, the rich heritage, that traditional Ferrari red most of their cars wear with pride. In its history, Ferrari has created some truly brilliant automobiles, but no other is as elusive as the 250 GT Lusso.

Although many claim the 250 GTO racing car is the better car of the two, I actually prefer the 250 GT Lusso for two simple reasons. For starters, it’s an actual car you can drive and use on the public highway. The 250 GTO is a hardcore racer reserved for the racetrack, but the Lusso is a genuine road car. That makes it, in my eyes at least, an infinite amount of times more usable and practical.

Secondly, it’s ultra rare. The 250 GT Lusso was produced from 1963 to 1964 and just 351 examples were made. In all honesty you’re more likely to see a Veyron or an Enzo rather than a Lusso. Most of the examples survived, but they’re in the hands of collectors who cherish and garage them. They don’t get driven as hard or as often as they should be, and that’s a real shame.

The Lusso utilized Ferrari’s famous Colombo 3.0-liter V12. Nowadays you’re lucky to find a V12 under 6 liters, which makes the drivetrain in the 250 all the more special. Small-capacity V12s are unique because they don’t exhibit any of the usual characteristics you’d associate with a modern V12. They like to rev high and most of the torque is at the top end. They also sound glorious, and you can’t help but admire one in person. The sound they make is unlike anything else on the road. It’s utterly and truly intoxicating and mesmerizing.

Then you get to the looks, and you start falling in love with the car all over again. They really don’t make them like they used to nowadays do they? The 250 GT Lusso is the essence of gorgeous car design. A long sweeping bonnet, a subtle curvature to the roofline, and a wheelbase which stretches from one end of the car to the other. I dare anyone to find anything better looking than this. Having been fortunate enough to see one in person, I can confidently claim this: the pictures don’t do it justice enough.

If you want a 250 GT Lusso you’ll have to shell out well over $2 million. These cars were worth half a million just several years ago, but their exclusivity and rarity has bumped the price up to that ridiculous amount. If you have the chance to drive one, I’m sure you’ll find they’re worth every penny though.