Lot 199 - 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT
|Odometer reading||47,111 miles|
|Estimate||£260,000 - £300,000|
The Dino, named in honour of Enzo Ferrari's son, was a brand for V6 engined Ferrari's and the project that Alfredo 'Dino' Ferrari worked on before he died tragically of muscular dystrophy at just 24 years old. In order to homologate Ferrari's Formula Two entry in 1966, the FIA requested that 500 production cars were produced using the same V6 unit as the race car. The Fiat Dino was born using the two-litre V6 Ferrari unit which was later used in the early 206GT versions of the Dino. Ferrari used the mid-engined configuration that was working well for them in sports car racing for the new Dino and the prototype 206S was shown at the 1966 Turin show. The car drew a positive response and Ferrari put the car into production, making it the first mid-engined production Ferrari. A 2.4-litre version on a longer wheelbase, the 246GT, replaced the Dino 206 in late 1969. The beauty of a mid-engined sports car is the handling, an improved centre of gravity lends itself to better road holding, a Ferrari Dino has great cornering ability and is an enormously fun car to drive.
This matching numbers Dino 246GT was originally registered on 17th January 1972 to the Al-Said family. The car changed hands in 1985 and again in the mid 1990's. At that stage, the odometer reading was 35,400. Recognised Ferrari specialist Kent High Performance carried out a restoration on EOE 689K in 2014, leaving no stone unturned. The interior was re-trimmed to a very good standard and the bodywork, stripped, repaired where necessary and repainted. The door gaps are uniform and the paint finish excellent, clearly this has been a restoration project of the highest order. Mechanically she has been taken care of with work carried out on the engine and gearbox, everything has been documented in the substantial history folder. Only 498 righthand drive Dino GT's were sold new in the UK, they were a rare sight in the 70s' and are even rarer today. The evocative curves of the front of the Dino is in contrast to the angular rear; the design shouldn't work but in practice, the Ferrari Dino is one of the most evocative cars manufactured in recent times and will always attract admirers wherever they appear.
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