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08/12/2016

West Coast Classiche

We take a 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso Competizione out on the streets near San Francisco

Having been announced to widespread acclaim at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show, this Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso Competizione boasts a rich sporting pedigree.

 

The car came second in the tough Freiburg-Schauinsland hillclimb on its racing debut just weeks after Geneva, while a fifth place in the 1964 Tour de France Automobile showed it had plenty of competitive spirit.

Current owner Pete Racely bought the car from a Swiss collector, Peter Heuberger, in 2009. Heuberger raced the Lusso in the Shell Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, where it rolled back the years on fabled circuits like Spa Franchorchamps.

 

He also gave it a new lease of life in 2000, after undergoing a complete restoration at Maranello’s Classiche department. Certified by Classiche in 2008, it went up for auction in 2008, when it was purchased by Racely.

 

One thing it’s never needed is a rebuilt engine. The Lusso continues to thrill crowds at rallies and weekend drives.

 

One of just three competition Lussos still in existence, we took this wonderfully evocative Prancing Horse out for a spin on the roads between its current home, San Francisco, and across the bay towards Berkley.