One of the prettiest Ferraris ever made. With one of the coolest V5Cs ever written…
By Matt Bird / Sunday, October 3, 2021 / Loading comments
Even more than half a century later, many are still wistful about Ferrari in the 1960s. It isn’t hard to see why. This was the era of the true road racer, when cars that dominated on track could then be driven home again (or onto another adventure) in some style, and Maranello made some of the very best. In fact everything Ferrari did at the time was incredible, dominating sports cars and F1 – and turning out some stunning road cars in its spare time.
For a long time now, anything 250-badged has been considered the perfect representation of the firm’s heyday. From GTO to LM, they’re some of the most successful, beautiful, and valuable cars ever to leave the factory. But there won’t be many, even by the standards of the era, with an ownership history quite like this one.
It’s a 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, a car that bridged the gap between the really racy 250s and the more subdued 2+2, one of just 351 ever made. As a right-hand drive example it’s especially rare in fact, the last of only 22 produced. And that’s just for starters.
The Lusso was first owned by a chap known as William Shand Kydd, who lived a what best be called a caddish life. He raced powerboats, won the 1966 Grand National, knew Lord Lucan (apparently Kydd was the last to see him alive) and, of course, hillclimbed his gorgeous V12 Ferrari during the 60s. Kydd covered almost 60,000 miles in the eight years to 1972, with surely not a dull one in them, before selling.
Jump forward a few years and Richard Attwood took ownership, Porsche’s first Le Mans winner and all-round racing superstar. With a history of racing in green Ferraris, it only made sense that he would snap up a Blu Chiaro Berlinetta Lusso. It’s almost green, after all, and with so few RHD cars around it’s hardly like he would have had a choice!
Attwood flogged his Prancing Horse to none other than Doctor Harvey Postlethwaite, a name that’ll be familiar to F1 fans. Technical director for Tyrell and Sauber as well as chassis engineer at Ferrari, Postlethwaite was perhaps best known for being a Hesketh engineer. It was his work on the Hesketh 308 that enabled James Hunt to land his first F1 victory, at the 1975 Dutch Grand Prix, and that story went on to be pretty interesting…
Having first come into Postlethwaite’s possession in 1987, it was restored in 1993 by Maranello Concessionaires, and the family retained the Ferrari after the Doc’s death in 1999. Though faced with plenty of requests to buy it (no surprise, really, given the spec and the history), the Postlethwaites kept the 250 until a sale in 2015. And now it’s available again.
On offer at DK Engineering and looking better than ever (amazingly, it’s been red for much of its life), the Lusso is described as “wonderful” in the advert and with “unparalleled history” – something we’re inclined to agree with. It’s listed at POA, predictably enough, but RM sold a similar car for $1.6m in August for some idea. And that wasn’t as rare. Or ever owned by Richard Attwood. If your numbers do come up this weekend, then (and you’re going to need all of them) there can’t be many more stylish ways to spend the winnings. Even if you aren’t a Grand National winning jockey.
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