This LHD example was the 174th car built, completed at the factory in October 1963 and subsequently delivered to the official dealer in Florence two months later. One of just 17 black Lusso’s to leave the factory, this car was purchased by its first owner Carlo Fiorini, an industrialist from the city (perhaps a late Christmas present to himself) on December 28th.
Purchased by its current owner in early 2017, a total nut and bolt restoration was set upon to the DK’s highest standard. Having restored close to 100 Ferrari 250-series cars since our founding, in 2017 DK were the obvious choice for the comprehensive, bare-metal restoration of this car.
We stripped the car to the bare metal over the course of a week, ensuring a full inventory was made of all parts. We delivered the car to renowned metal panel beaters, Bodylines of Northampton. After removing the paint, the thoroughly original bodywork was revealed. Particular time and attention was spent ensuring the rear wheel arches were the correct shape and as per original images of the car. With no two cars identical, this process took a number of weeks of research, high-resolution images and numerous inspections.
At the same time, we delivered the matching-numbers engine to our specialist engine shop based at Mallory Park. Here the engine could be comprehensively stripped down and rebuilt. When completed, the engine was returned to our workshops being fully photographed before being put into storage.
Each stage of the restoration was thoroughly documented, for reference but equally as a means to demonstrate the art of the process. After the metalwork was complete, the car was photographed ahead of its move to paint-masters Spray Tec. Refinished in its original deep black, the car was once more photographed on a jig ahead of reassembly at our main facility.
The interior trim was chosen as Vaumol 3015, a period option green that delightfully contrasts the deep black coachwork. O’ Rourke Coachtrimmers handled all of the interior work, visiting our site regularly to complete the installation. Over the course of 26 months, a total of 2,970 hours has been spent on the restoration. With final assembly now complete, the car has since undergone some road miles to ensure the car is ready to go for its new custodian.