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CHRYSLER Airflow 1934
AMPHICAR 1964
CADILLAC Touring 1926
CADILLAC Eldorado Brougham 1957-58
CADILLAC Convertible 1966
CITROEN Traction Avant
FERRARI 250 GT Lusso
PONTIAC Fiero GT 1988
IMPERIAL 1955-56
IMPERIAL 1962
IMPERIAL 1981-83
JAGUAR E Type
JAGUAR Mark II
LOTUS Europe Serie 1
MASERATI 3500 GT
MG Midget
MG TF 1500
MORGAN 4/4 Competition 1968
PIERCE ARROW Roadster 1929
ROLLS ROYCE Phantom II 1934
STANLEY Steamer 1924
STUDEBAKER Hawk
STREAMLINED AMERICAN CARS
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FERRARI 250 GT Lusso
 
FERRARI 250 GT Lusso
FERRARI 250 GT Lusso
FERRARI 250 GT Lusso, dashboard
 

TECHNICAL

ENGINE:
V 12, capacity: 2953 cm3.
bore: 73, stroke: 58,8.
Three carburators.
Compression ratio: 9,2 : 1
240 HP DIN @ 7500 rpm.
Two DOHC.
12 V.

TRANSMISSION:
Four speed
, controlled differential.

SUSPENSION:
Front: coil spring.
Rear: leaf spring.

BRAKES:
F & R: discs.

CHASSIS FEATURES:
Wheelbase: 240 cm.
Overall lenght: 441 cm.
Height: 129 cm.
Weight: 1250 kg.

 
     
 

When the moment came to write down this modest page, we didn't want to talk about the Ferrari's, because the subject has already been spoken and righted about so many times, the myth and the fashion having made there path...

And then, why not speak about things which one likes with our own way ? Having had the privilege to own one or two of them, that was to many years ago, there were no valid reason to discriminate the subject.

Among all the Ferrari's, the series of the 250 is undoubtedly that implanted the "MYTH", well assisted by an unrestrained participation of the mark and it's many successes. But there is more: mechanics out of the common stream (V12) and the brilliant body designers who gave style to what could of been only "una bella vettura".

One of them, Pinin Farina, was perhaps the most inspired of this time. He loved cars so much that he designed a Ferrari for his personal use, he had the kindness to share it with other amateurs under the name of Lusso. The first Ferrari of road were not really what one calls a luxury car except for the Superamerica which was out of price... Lusso was the "GT"... literally: refined cockpit, perfect line, exceptional mechanics, road behavior worthy of it's performances, in spite of the archaism of the rigid axle and the semi-elliptic springs.

V12 is expressed with joy in an unforgettable symphony, low registers with acute rising in mode. Driving this kind of car is a real job, a 250, Lusso or not must be trained, the rear rigid axle is from an other era… Finally its successor, the 275 GTB had four independent wheels.

The 250 did not like the city, capricious carburetion which clogged ignition was the obsession of the townsman eager to take a ride in the country side and to benefit from the symphonic sounds of the V12. The finishing touch of luxury was nevertheless perfectible, and the many commands of plebeian origin were discouraging.

Second hand consideration, when one can profit of a myth… .

 


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