1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso

Engine No.5183
Amelia Island 2020 - RM Sotheby's
Friday, 6 March - Saturday, 7 March 2020
Sale Price
Lot Number
Recent Restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. 5183 GT, Engine No.5183. Dark blue over beige leather. 2953-cc, 240-hp V-12. Chrome-spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, Marchal headlights and fog lights, tool kit, and owners manual.

Evaluation: Recent restoration | Engine represented as original, internal number 1620 62. Excellent fresh clearcoat paint, bright chrome, tight ­leather. The engine compartment and chassis are restored to like new. Restored by Bob Smith Coachworks in the last decade in the present livery. Won platinum at
Cavallino in 2009 and again in 2019 after some corrections and freshening. About as good as it gets.

Bottom Line: Lussos have been up and down, but they are one of the most beautiful of all Ferraris, an artful blending of the aggressive design of the
Superfast and its counterparts with the more elemental and conservative 250 GT thread. 5183 GT is an exceptional example restored and presented to
consummate (and really expensive) concours standards. It is impossible to fault in any meaningful way, and the successful bid settled right in the middle of RM’s presale estimate range. In other words, at a time when the low estimate is settled as a high boundary, the bidders blew right through it by 15 percent. The Lusso deserved their enthusiasm.

by Hagerty Editor
1 February 2020
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