When one thinks of Ferrari, images conjure in the mind of speed, power, elegance, wealth, and rarity. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta is no exception. Perhaps most known for being owned by the definition of coolness, Mr. Steve McQueen. Ferrari has been a trusted name since 1929 and gained its reputation through the production of quality racing motor vehicles. After 18 years in production Ferrari took its design technology to street legal performance cars in 1947.
The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta was produced from 1963 to 1964 and 350 models were completed. It was put through its paces racing against the Targa, and though finishing 14th out of 64 competitors, there was certainly nothing to be disappointed in. The 250 Lusso sports a 3.0 liter engine with rear wheel drive. Featuring a V-12 engine with 240 hp, this dream machine goes from 0 – 60 in 8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 155 mph.
At its introductory price this sweet ride sold for just under $13,000 and today fetches a price well above $500,000. For some the investment speculation alone is enough, but for owners of the Ferrari 250 Lusso Berlinetta it is all about the love of the vehicle. It was certainly not a car for kids or the faint at heart. The Lusso Berlinetta combined the best of a racing vehicle and a luxury car to come up with an unforgettable classic.
Many consider the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta to be the best of the Ferrari GT models produced. Enzo Ferrari was a visionary with racing cars, whose intention was to utilize the revenues from street versions to support his racing endeavors. With timing, circumstance, and correct partnering with Alfa Romeo and Pininfarina the Ferrari street machine has become the love of many car buffs.
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Ferrari has made a bold statement to commemorate their 20th year in China. An extremely limited edition of the Ferrari 458 Italia is being released to celebrate the company’s success in the country. Twenty of the cars will be available for purchase. The Ferrari 458 Italia is world renown for its beauty and speed with an incredible 35 awards won around the globe.
The “2012 Ferrari 458 Italia China Special Edition” boasts an massive eight cylinder engine. The limited edition car will be “Marco Polo” red that is available only for this car. Decked out with a gold dragon on the hood and gold rimmed tires the red and gold is set off with black racing stripes down the side of the sports car. China has long considered a dragon to offer good luck and fortune and with 2012 being the year of the dragon, it is a fitting Chinese tribute.
Each one of the cars will have specialized start buttons with simplified Chinese characters. A inset dash plaque denoting the special edition will be added to each one of the 20 cars. A beautiful leather interior and handling that Ferrari is known for in their vehicles is a given in the 458 Italia. The price has not been released.
The 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS was a creation that combined the building of Ferrari, Scaglietti and Fiat. Exhibited at the 1966 Turin Motor Show as a working prototype, the Dino 246 concept became a reality in 1969, although the 246 GTS did not debut until 1972 at the Geneva Auto Show. With its 2.4 liter V6 engine, a five-speed transmission, and its Pininfarina styled body, this car was an instant success.
Upon first glance, many agree that the Dino 246 is almost identical to the 206. However, the larger wheelbase and engine made the car stand out from the 206. In regards to the engine, the V6 was capable of 200 hp in the European version and just slightly lower in the American version. Also, the engine was situated in front of the rear axle and mounted transversely behind the driver making this car unique as well as user friendly. Handling like a dream, the 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS sold well on the market, becoming a popular high-end car to have at the time. Although the car did not feature any Ferrari logos or badges, its sleek Ferrari mold and removable targa top panel made this car very sporting and appealing.