Perhaps the biggest get for the folks over at Petrolicious, James Chen’s 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso is one of just 351 Lussos ever made. The GT car marks the last iteration of the famed 250 platform, which is often associated with the 250 GTO, the California, and the 250 SWB. The Lusso was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1962, and went into production shortly there after. Designed by Pininfarina, the body was built of steel and aluminum, and features a slant nosed front fascia and a Kamm tail, indicative of cars of the era.
The Lusso (which is Italian for “luxury”) is powered by a 3.0-liter V12 that produces 240 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the high redline of 7,500 rpm, the Lusso sounds as good as it looks (a feat not easily accomplished).
James Chen, owner of Axis Wheels, is the owner of a particularly stunning Lusso, finished in Rosso Corsa red. Luckily for us he still drives the Ferrari, which is worth upwards of $500,000, though he chooses to do so in early morning hours when LA traffic is at its most manageable. Chen says, “the best way t0 celebrate a car like this is to drive it and enjoy it.”
In the video posted below, Chen walks us through the Lusso’s starting procedure, and sends buckets of revs reverberating through our computer speakers as he flails the Ferrari up through the hills of Los Angeles.