1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GTSOLD
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Very rare, pure "European" Dino 246GT "M" Model. One of less than 500 completed

Reference Number 225304

as of 8/23/2013

Overview
Car 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
VIN 02078 
Small Series  1 of 497 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Condition Pristine 
Mileage 54.257 km 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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Known History

1971 Ferrari 246GT Dino:

 

There is little doubt that Ferrari's Dino 206GT and subsequent production 246GT and later GTS models were and remain to this day, one of the most beautiful automotive designs ever executed. The perfect lines, proportions and impossibly easy to use and fun nature of the entire Dino production range have made ownership of good and honest examples far from easy in the past few years. Here is a potential chance at one of the most beautiful and rarest of the Dino variants.

 

In mid-October, 1970, the last of the "L" Dino 246GT models were completed. That same month beginning with chassis No. 01118 the very first "M" model was completed. The last of the "M" Dino 246GT models was chassis No. 02130. A total of only 497 different Dino 246GT "M" Models were completed in a very short production run making it the rarest variant of the production 246GTs built next to the "L" models of which 355 were completed. "M" Model Dino's were built over a very short ten month period from October of 1970 until July of 1971. All were designated as 1971 model year vehicles, even the early examples built in October, November and December of 1970. This particular example, chassis No. 02078 was sequentially the 26th to last "M" model completed. For a long list of varying reasons, the "M" Model 246 Dinos remain one of the most desirable. A combination of pure lines and alloy opening panels combined with the vastly improved 2.4-liter V6 engine are just a few of the highlights are these early Dino Coupes.

 

02078 was initially ordered new by the German Ferrari Importer, Auto Becker in May of 1971 as one of only 177 Dino's that their firm would acquire during the entire production run. She was completed and invoiced to Auto Becker on June 22nd, 1971. While a relatively rare version, she was nonetheless completed as a standard left-hand-drive, normal European delivery 246GT "M" model in the original color combination of Giallo Fly 20-Y-191 (Fly Yellow) with Nero 161 (Black) interior. The only noted option at the time of delivery was a set of very attractive covered headlights. Wheels were originally standard Cromadora alloy wheels but during a restoration in 1990, she was updated with a beautiful set of optional Campagnolo wheels.

 

Chassis 02078's first owner is not known at this time but she was road-registered in Germany from 1971 to August of 1976 when she was purchased by Brian Burnette, the owner and manager of Ferrari of Las Gatos. In December of 1976 she was purchased by Boyer Kalugdan of Lafayette, California. Kalugdan registered on California plates "246 Dino" and enjoyed two trouble free years with her before deciding to give her a complete "bare metal" strip and repaint to her current Rosso Chiaro (Red) sometime in 1978. He also had the interior complete redone in black Connolly leather at the same time. Kalugdan recently contacted us and stated that during the stripping the car was completely accident and rust free with all panels "metal finished" and only minimal lead work needing to be done on the leading edge of both alloy doors. New headlight covers were sourced from Lyle Tanner and fitted. A period correct Becker Europa AM/FM Cassette radio was also installed at this time. Steve Griswold in Berkley, California handled all of the mechanical rebuild at the same time the car was being stripped and painted. Kalugdan informed us she remained trouble free during the next ten years except for minor issues with the troublesome vent window latches and the need for a fuze for alternator.

 

In 1987 Kalugdan sold her to noted attorney, Gordon Hollingsworth in Modesto, California. Hollingsworth enjoyed this Dino for several years and in 1990 under his care, she was given a second light restoration. She was noted at this time to have 47,809 original kilometers and her colors were confirmed and recorded as red with black interior.

 

In November of 1994 Hollingsworth offered this Dino for sale. It was offered as an original 50,000 kilometer example in her original colors and having had just three owner's from new.

 

In 1996 she was sold to a Japanese broker and exported/imported to Japan and road registered before joining a small private museum collection.

 

In June of 2010 this Dino was displayed at a Ferrari Club Japan Owner's Meeting and observed and recorded as being rust and damage free. The paint was described as a bit faded with a chip here and there and as having a well cared for interior. She was also confirmed at the time to be fitted with USA type seat belts and aftermarket floor mats and having the same set of Campagnolo wheels that had been fitted years earlier.

 

On May 3rd, 2013, after lengthy negotiations, this striking Dino 246GT was purchased by Symbolic Motors and she will be imported to the States later this month.

 

This is a fully serviced, rust and accident free, early Dino 246GT. With alloy opening panels, the "M" model is one of the rarest and most desirable of the production Dino Coupes built. They are also the best value in today's market given the recent rise in prices across the entire production line, while remaining one of the most exciting and enjoyable versions to drive and enjoy as originally intended when new.

 

All interested parties are warmly welcome to contact me for additional assistance with the purchase of this vehicle.

 

Email: bnoon@symbolicmotors.com

 

Phone: (619) 840-7811

 

Comprehensive, high resolution inspection photos can be accessed using this link:

 

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