Name: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Year(s) Produced: 1963-1964
Number Built: 351
Class: Sports car
Body Type: 2-door fastback coupe
Engine: 3L 2953cc 180cu in V12
Power: 247hp @ 7500 RPM
0-60mph: 4.3 seconds
Top Speed: 149 mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 173.6 in/68.9 in/50.8 in
Wheelbase: 94.5 in.
Base Price: US$12,950 (NADA)
Current Value: US$2.5million to US$12million (Hagerty)
In the 2011 action-comedy film Tower Heist, Arthur Shaw (played by veteran actor Alan Alda) made a rather bold statement. He claimed that the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta that is idly sitting in his living room actually belongs to the legendary King of Cool, Steve McQueen. Well as you may have guessed in any film, even cars (specially a rare one that is currently valued at $12M), may actually need a stunt double.
Director Brett Ratner revealed that using the original GT Lusso for the stunt scenes (such as hanging from a tall building, and drowning it in a pool) is certainly out of the picture. The “Steve McQueen” Ferrari in this film needed to be hung on a building and drown into a pool. I guess the film producers are not crazy enough to do that on a multi-million classic. So the next best plan is to replicate it, hiring the talents of Erich Schultz and Ted Moser of Picture Car Warehouse in LA. Ratner asked for two replicas of McQueen’s famous car for the film.
We did a test and hung the car against the building,” says Ratner, talking about the New York’s Trump Tower, where much of the movie was filmed. “It just didn’t look good brown,” says Ratner of the building test. “So for the purpose of the movie, we made Steve McQueen’s car red.”
Watch the video below to see how a humble Volvo P1800 was transformed to this awesome piece of work, and acted as a double for a 12 million dollar car.