October 21, 2016 @ 05:06 PM

​Legends and Legacies: Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso

The world was introduced to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T when the 2016 Paris Motor Show opened their doors, but this wasn’t the first Lusso that was introduced at the motor show

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Let’s take a look down memory lane, all the way back to 1962 when the Paris Motor Show was taking place and car manufacturers were eager to launch their latest cars, prototypes, concepts and more. One of those prototypes is the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso.

Most of you probably wouldn’t remember this beautiful Ferrari, the GTL was only in production for 18 months at the tail end of the 250 GT generation and only 351 examples were made during its production period. The GTL was the car that fills the void between the 250 GT SWB and the 250 GTE 2+2 that provides luxury and sporty driving on the roads.

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The look came off the drawing boards of Pininfarina was an immediate fan favourite. With its sweeping side profile, full fenders and rounded tail end, the GTL was considered one of the most beautiful Ferraris of its time. The interior was equally pleasing to the eye with its deep bucket seats that were finished with leather trim while the luggage platform in the back came complete with leather straps to tie bags down along with a diamond quilted cover panel to keep it away from view. 

The instrument layout, though, was a little unconventional with the speedo and rev counter housed in a pair of large circular binnacles located in the centre of the dash. Think second generation Toyota Vios’s centre dashboard only closer to the driver.

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The GTL rides on the same wheel base as the 250 GT SWB so the wheelbase measures in at only 2400mm. While it might ride on a shorter wheelbase, the GTL obviously doesn’t seat four but it was rated as the most spacious Ferrari of that time thanks to some clever adjusting that saw the engine shifted a little further forward on the car giving more space to occupants.

The whole concept of the GTL was entirely meant for the roads, hence the name “Lusso” in it which means “luxury” in Italian. It was never meant to race though Ferrari did build the GTL to be extremely lightweight and corner happy. That did not stop the Italian manufacturer from putting the GTL into a number of races like the Targa Florio and the Tour de France.

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Rumour has it that owners of the GTL also converted their luxe ride to fit racing regulations by adding roll bars and the like into the car because they couldn’t purchase the fiercer 250 GTO! 

One of the reasons the GTL was still thrown into the racing scene is probably thanks to the engine that powers the car. Of course, being under the 250 GT generation, the GTL is also powered by the legendary 3.0-litre V12 Colombo designed “short” block unit. It has a 2953cc displacement giving the GTL a power output of 240bhp at 7500rpm and 242Nm of torque at 5500rpm. The engine is coupled with four-speed + reverse all-synchromesh gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels.

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So you can see why both normal road users and racing hacks alike had taken a liking to the car. Not only does the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso have the looks it also has all the talent to be take onto the track.

18 months after the GTL was introduced the 250 GT generation came to an end to be replaced by the larger-engine 275 GT cars. Because of the GTL’s acclaimed looks, Ferrari had seen fit to continue on with the car’s looks with a few tweaks here and there and plonked a brand new engine into the front.

Jerrica Leong

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