To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 20 and 21, 2012. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960.
2,953 CC SOHC V-12 Engine
Triple Weber 36 DCS Carburetors
250 HP at 7,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Disc Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Leaf Springs
About this Car:
The 250 GT Lusso has often been declared one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever produced. When introduced at the 1962 Paris Motor Show, it stunned the crowds with its graceful curves, upturned rear spoiler and a design free from any superfluous chrome trim. The Lusso represented Pininfarina?s zenith and the final evolution of Ferrari?s legendary 250 model.
As the 21st of 350 Lussos built, the early example offered here, 4393 GT, was completed at the Maranello Ferrari works in April 1963. It was finished in a dark metallic red, Amaranto Italver, over a beige Connolly interior. Leaving the Ferrari factory for Belgian Ferrari Importer Jacques Swater?s Garage Francorchamps, the car was quickly sold to its first customer through North American Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti Motors. The Ferrari Lusso successfully attracted US clientele who enjoyed the cachet of Ferrari ownership, with none of the compromises in comfort that came with many of the earlier Ferrari models.
In 1967, 4393 GT made its way to the West Coast where Jochen Di Giorgio of Sausalito, California, purchased the Italian GT before selling it to Chicago, Illinois, resident Robert White. By then, 4393 GT had been refinished in a silver exterior over a black interior. In the late 1970s, 4393 GT made its way back to the dry California climate where it remained through the early 1980s before being purchased by well-known Ferrari dealer Ed Waterman of Florida.
In the early 1990s, before being sold to a collector in Germany, 4393 GT received a more thorough restoration. The car remained in Germany until 1997 when it was imported to the Netherlands. Dutch Collector Anthony J. Mak van Waay became the next custodian of 4393 GT and then renowned German Ferrari authority Uwe Meissner purchased the car. Mr. Meissner has owned a number of great Ferrari road and race cars over the years, but is mostly known for his engagement in the worldwide Ferrari Racing series. In 2003, he was designated owner of the first-ever Ferrari F1 Clienti franchise.
Some time later, Mr. Meissner sold the car to Belgian collector Dominique Balders before 4393 GT made its way back to the US in 2006, where Maryland resident Donald Hekler became the next owner. Shortly after taking possession, the proud new owner of 4393 GT showed the car at the 2006 Ferrari Club of America Nationals, held that year in Chantilly, Virginia. In 2007, 4393 GT was acquired by restoration-shop owner and TV-show host Wayne Carini. Mr. Carini and his firm in Portland, Connecticut, F40 Motorsports, are widely known for his program Chasing Classic Cars, in which Mr. Carini travels the classic car world to participate in events and shows in search of interesting vintage cars.
In 2009, F40 Motorsports began a complete restoration of 4393 GT. The work was performed to factory-correct standards and covered both mechanical and cosmetic aspects. During that process, noted Ferrari specialist Greg Jones of Stuart, Florida, was entrusted with restoring some of the mechanicals. Towards the end of the restoration, the car was sent to Florida for completion, final detailing and to receive Ferrari Classiche certification at Mr. Jones? workshop. The impressive car received the full Red Book Certification and all numbers were found to match except for the transmission which, although the correct type, is not the original unit for this Lusso.
Today, 4393 GT presents exceptionally well. The stunning metallic-gray exterior looks very similar to the period Ferrari color of Grigio Brighton and suits the Pininfarina-styled coachwork beautifully. The brightwork and trim complement the elegant hue and the classic Borrani wire wheels, fitted with correct Michelin XVS tires, give 4393 GT the appropriate stance and period look.
Inside, the model?s Lusso moniker (Italian for luxurious) is immediately apparent. Beautifully accented by light-brown carpets and a black leather-covered dash, the bucket seats, door panels, tunnel and rear luggage deck are draped in gorgeous chestnut-brown leather hides, much like the period Ferrari interior color of Tabacco Connolly and resembling the quality of the finest Italian leather goods. The white-faced Veglia instruments are a wonderful contrast to the black leather dashboard and are further enhanced by the classic Ferrari wood-rimmed steering wheel. The engine compartment is finished correctly, displaying authentic crackle finishes, Bakelite caps, decals, plating and hardware.
On the road, the Lusso offers superior 12-cylinder performance, sports car handling and good braking thanks to the four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes. The Lusso is known for its luxurious and roomy cabin, and the luggage shelf and trunk are capable of holding enough baggage for a weeklong trip for two.
Certified by Ferrari Classiche and expertly restored, 4393 GT offers a chance to buy a road-ready Ferrari GT that is as suitable for the concours field as it is for use on tours or rallies such as the Copperstate 1000. As lithe aerodynamic styling caught on much later in the 1960s, the Lusso?s sleek, contoured shape elegantly expresses a design ahead of its time. An important and usable Ferrari in any company or collection, 4393 GT is deserving of serious consideration.
Reference Number 157435
as of 2/3/2012