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This Is What Makes The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso A $3 Million Car 29
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari-Videos, Film, Middle East, reviews, video on 12 29th, 2017


Back when Ferrari first came out with the 250 GT Lusso, they meant for it to be more of a luxury grand tourer rather than a sports car like the 250 GT Berlinetta.

While its interior was more spacious than that of the regular 250 GT, the Lusso only seated two people, unlike the 250 GT/E, which was the first mass-production four-seat Ferrari.

As you might imagine for a car that dates back to the early 1960s, it comes with some quirks. For example, trying to switch something on or off inside the car is a risky proposition if you don’t know exactly what each button does – all the switches look the same and are completely unlabeled. Pull the wrong one and instead of turning on the wipers, you could mess with the fuel pump and stall the car.

On the road, Doug DeMuro, who did this review, enjoyed the Lusso, stating that the clutch is easy to operate, although, despite being powered by a V12 engine, it’s not particularly fast or loud.

Overall, for a ’60s Ferrari, the Lusso is spacious, comfortable and easy to drive. It was also very luxurious and stylish back in its glory days, which is why it’s worth as much as it is today.

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They Don’t Come More Gorgeous Than This ’58 Ferrari 250 Cabrio 25
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari-Videos, Film, video on 12 25th, 2017


Ferrari and Pininfarina have teamed up on some achingly beautiful cars over the years. We’ve come across more than a few notable examples coming up for auction – but few as gorgeous as this one right here.

It’s a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet – the very one that the Prancing Horse marque displayed at the Turin and New York auto shows in 1958 and ’59.

The cabrio was purchased virtually right off the show stand by Prince Mohammed bin Faisal of the Saudi royal family, who drove it while studying in California in his youth.

For over four decades, it was in the hands of noted collector John Clinard, who had it restored to its original color scheme: a light greenish silver called Grigio Conchiglia (seashell grey) over red leather that might look more at home on, say, an Aston Martin, but catches the eye pretty darn well, we’d say, on this classic Ferrari.

The 35th of only 41 examples made of the Series I cabriolet, chassis number 1079 GT is bound to be one of the highlights among the numerous notable Prancing Horses consigned to Gooding & Company for its upcoming sale in Scottsdale, Arizona, next month.

With pre-sale estimates placing its value between $7 and 8.5 million, it’ll appear alongside a bright red 500 Mondial ($5-5.75m), a deeper red 250 Europa ($1.6-2m), and a later 250 GT Series II Cabriolet in black over red ($1.5-1.8m). Photos by Mathieu Heurtault and Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

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Stunning Ferrari 250 GT California Spider Sold For $17.99 Million 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Galleries on 12 11th, 2017


An absolutely beautiful 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione by Scaglietti has sold for $17.99 million at RM Sotheby’s auction in New York.

This classic 250 GT LWB California Spider is chassis number 1451 GT and one of only two examples ever built with an all-aluminum body. Making the car all the more desirable is that it placed third in its class and fifth overall at the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours

After racing at the most famous endurance race in the world, the car was driven by Bob Grossman at a host of races throughout the United States, including the Watkins Glen Grand Prix in September 1959 and a plethora of races in the Bahamas.

In the decades since its retirement from competitive racing, the car has undergone a comprehensive Ferrari Classiche-certified restoration and took home the prize for best in class at Pebble Beach and a platinum award at the Cavallino Classic.

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These Classic Children’s Cars Are Sure To Delight The Kids On Your List 28
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, Classics, Corvette, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California, Ferrari Testarossa, Jaguar E-Type, Jaguar XK, Mercedes SL, porsche, Shelby on 11 28th, 2017


Looking for the perfect present for the special little someone on your holiday shopping list this season? We’ve got you covered.

Coming up for auction is an impressive array of children’s cars, each replicating a classic car, the opportunity to own for which we’d have seriously considered giving up a kidney (or limb) when we were kids.

Included on the docket are an Aston Martin DB5, Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, Shelby Cobra 289, Corvette Sting Ray, Porsche 936, Jaguar E-Type and XK120, and three Ferraris: a 250 Testa Rossa, 250 California, and 640 F1 car – all in miniature. We don’t have the full details on all of them, but the Testa Rossa and Sting Ray are of period vintage and pack electric motors.

Don’t let the size fool you, though: while they won’t cost you as much as the real thing, they’re still plenty valuable. RM Sotheby’s estimates they’ll each sell for between $10,000 and $80,000 (in the case of the TR, a similar one of which sold a few years ago for an astonishing $126,500).

Most are going up for auction in Arizona come mid-January, but the Testa Rossa and the ‘Vette are on the docket for New York on December 6. So if you’re intent on putting one under the tree, better pack your backs for the Big Apple… and bring your checkbook.

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What’ll It Be, Four LaFerraris Or This Classic California Spider? 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California, Ferrari LaFerrari on 11 9th, 2017


Nobody ever said a Ferrari would be cheap. But even among Prancing Horses, some are more expensive than others. Much, much more expensive.

Take this latest classic consigned to RM Sotheby’s for its upcoming sale in New York, for example. It’s a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Competizione Spider – not unlike the one immortalized in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, only considerably more so.

Chassis number 1451 GT was the second of just eight California Spiders bodied in aluminum and built to competition specifications. And it raced, finishing third in its class and fifth overall at Le Mans in 1959 before going on to compete in (and even win) other local events in the United States.

Ferrari Classiche-certitied, extensively restored in 2011, and returned to its original Le Mans livery, 1451 GT took first in its class at Pebble Beach and a platinum award at the Cavallino Classic. When it crosses the block a month from now, the auctioneer expects it will sell for upwards of $14 (and as much as $17m).

For that kind of money, you could put four LaFerraris in your garage. In fact, if that’s more to your liking, there’ll be one up for grabs at the same event, where it’s expected to sell for about $3.5 million (or a quarter of the California’s low-end value). There’s a (relatively) more accessible 250 GT convertible – a 1961 Series II Cabriolet – also on offer with a ~$1.7-million estimate.

Those are just a few of the seven-figure lots consigned, but the alloy California is the highest, and only one valued at eight figures. Take a gander at the gallery of images below by Cymon Taylor and Diana Varga, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

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What’ll It Be, Four LaFerraris Or This Classic California Spider? 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California, Ferrari LaFerrari on 11 9th, 2017


Nobody ever said a Ferrari would be cheap. But even among Prancing Horses, some are more expensive than others. Much, much more expensive.

Take this latest classic consigned to RM Sotheby’s for its upcoming sale in New York, for example. It’s a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Competizione Spider – not unlike the one immortalized in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, only considerably more so.

Chassis number 1451 GT was the second of just eight California Spiders bodied in aluminum and built to competition specifications. And it raced, finishing third in its class and fifth overall at Le Mans in 1959 before going on to compete in (and even win) other local events in the United States.

Ferrari Classiche-certitied, extensively restored in 2011, and returned to its original Le Mans livery, 1451 GT took first in its class at Pebble Beach and a platinum award at the Cavallino Classic. When it crosses the block a month from now, the auctioneer expects it will sell for upwards of $14 (and as much as $17m).

For that kind of money, you could put four LaFerraris in your garage. In fact, if that’s more to your liking, there’ll be one up for grabs at the same event, where it’s expected to sell for about $3.5 million (or a quarter of the California’s low-end value). There’s a (relatively) more accessible 250 GT convertible – a 1961 Series II Cabriolet – also on offer with a ~$1.7-million estimate.

Those are just a few of the seven-figure lots consigned, but the alloy California is the highest, and only one valued at eight figures. Take a gander at the gallery of images below by Cymon Taylor and Diana Varga, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

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Datsun-Based Ferrari 250 GTO Replica Looks Like The Real Deal 5
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Datsun, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Galleries, Replica, used cars on 11 5th, 2017


The world is flooded with so many Ferrari 250 GTO replicas that it’s often difficult to know what’s real and what’s fake. Case in point, this remarkably accurate 250 GTO replica.

Currently for sale from Orlando Classic Cars in Florida, the car is based around a 1978 Datsun 280Z and could easily fool anyone who doesn’t know classic Ferraris like the back of their hand.

At the front, the replica includes headlights pretty much identical to the real thing and even includes accurate fakes of the three air intakes found directly above the small front grille. There’s also large Cavallino stickers on the sides, wing mirrors on the front fenders and a roofline that almost has us fooled.

While the owner clearly spent a lot of time and money perfecting the exterior, the cabin isn’t as impressive and looks like any other old 280Z except for its bespoke gauges, steering wheel and selection of Ferrari logos.

No price has been made public but it would probably be cheap enough for most Ferrari aficionados to afford.

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Wince As A Ferrari 250 GTO Crashes At Goodwood Revival 11
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari-Videos, Motorsport, Offbeat News, racing, video on 09 11th, 2017


For many years, the Goodwood Revival in the UK has been the ultimate destination for owners of multi-million-dollar classics to hit the racetrack and leave their worries behind.
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Wince As A Ferrari 250 GTO Crashes At Goodwood Revival 11
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari-Videos, Motorsport, Offbeat News, racing, video on 09 11th, 2017


For many years, the Goodwood Revival in the UK has been the ultimate destination for owners of multi-million-dollar classics to hit the racetrack and leave their worries behind.
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Bold Ferrari 612 GTO III Renderings Make Us Wish For A Modern 250 GTO 27
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in concepts, featured, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari Concepts, Renderings on 05 27th, 2017


If you're a longtime reader and have a remarkable memory, you may recall a set of eye-catching renderings from seven years ago of the Ferrari 612 GTO, a proposed new supercar inspired by the iconic 250 GTO.
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Does The World Need A Modern-Day Ferrari 250 GTO? 30
Apr
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Renderings on 04 30th, 2017


This year marks the 70th anniversary of Ferrari and it would be the perfect time for the automaker to shock the world and introduce a bold new car that goes even beyond the new 812 Superfast.
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Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Could Fetch $10 Million At Auction 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Galleries, used cars on 12 16th, 2016


Although the Ferrari 250 GTO will likely remain the world's most valuable automobile for decades to come, other members of the 250 family are also extremely valuable, none more so than the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti.
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Relive Ferris Bueller’s Day Off With This 1960 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider 16
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari California on 11 16th, 2016


Ever since we were kids, we dreamt of reliving Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The trouble is that, while most any classic, red Italian roadster would likely do, if we were really going to go for it, we'd need a Ferrari 250 GT California Spider. And those are hard to come by – but there's one coming up for auction.
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This Ferrari 250 GTO Could Become The Most Expensive Car In History 12
Nov
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in auction, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Ferrari-Videos, used cars, video on 11 12th, 2016


There are expensive cars, very expensive cars – and then there’s the Ferrari 250 GTO.
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The Most Expensive Cars In A Race Assemble At The Kinrara Trophy 20
Sep
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in ASTON MARTIN, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Goodwood, Jaguar, racing, video on 09 20th, 2016


Those of us who didn't get to witness this remarkable gathering in person at the Goodwood Revival can watch it now on video.
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