1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTSOLD

The Sports Car Auction, Nuremberg Germany, Saturday 9th December 2006

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Estimate: €90,000-110,000

Sold: €87,000

Ferrari introduced the Dino 206 in 1968 as a separate marque and the surprise is that it sold only 100 examples in over a year. The transverse 2 litre V6, originally designed by the great Vittorio Jano, had proved itself in Formula One and sports car racing, there was a superb chassis with all-independent suspension, and the voluptuous Pininfarina body set the pattern for most subsequent mid-engined Ferraris. It appeared to have all the ingredients for success, yet it did not sell.
Things changed dramatically in 1969 when Ferrari replaced it with the 246 which had a 195bhp 2.4 litre version of the engine. Little else had changed, a slightly longer wheelbase permitted a roomier cockpit, and yet production leapt to 1,000 a year. In America, emission controls meant it was actually less powerful than the 206, but the opposition fared much worse and the Dino came into its own.

In European trim (easy for American buyers to achieve) it could reach 150mph and sprint, 0-60mph, in 7.1 seconds. Further, it could probably cover a journey on winding roads quicker than the much more powerful Daytona and virtually anything else for that matter. Apart from the race-bred chassis and four-wheel disc brakes, the engine had received a useful increase in torque which brought the whole package together.

Comprehensively restored some 18,550 km ago this excellent example has all the solid and shake and rattle free driving characteristics to be expected of a car that was effectively rendered as new less than 20,000km ago. The finishes of the car are particularly attractive being the most authentic period combination of orange with black interior with red inserts. The vales of these charming and useable classics has increased comprehensively in recent years and in no quarter is it considered that these value increases are set to cease. There is a huge following for these cars based upon the comprehensive mechanical knowledge and large part supply which surrounds these most useable super stylish 70's sports car classic. The car is offered with German road registration and other sundry paperwork.

Reference Number 5325

as of 12/8/2006

Car 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
VIN DINO246GT02150 
Registration German registered