1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GTSOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $120,000 - $140,000

$137,500 Sold

195hp, 2,418 cc double-overhead cam V6 engine, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.1"

At the 1965 Paris Auto show, Ferrari introduced the 275GTB, its first independent rear suspension car. This was justly recognized as a major step, as Ferrari was a company that favored slow evolution. However significant the 275GTB was, most were drawn to the dramatic Dino 206S Speciale show car, a mid-engined concept featuring a mock two-liter V6 engine. The show car was created as a tribute to the late Alfredino ‘ Dino ’ Ferrari and as such had no Ferrari emblems on it whatsoever.

It was not until the Turin Auto show of 1966 that a working prototype of the Dino was seen. It was called the Dino Berlinetta GT. Although Enzo originally had no plans to make a production version, the attention the show cars were drawing was beginning to twist his arm. Customers would have to wait just one more year for the production version to appear, once again introduced in Turin.

Powered by a transversely mounted V6, the 206 Dino GT was not only Ferrari ’ s first mid-engined production car, but was also a new Ferrari-based Dino brand (although it is probably safe to assume the word “ brand ” never crossed Ferrari ’ s lips). And, like the original Dino show car, the production version was presented devoid of any Ferrari identification.

The 180hp, 1,986cc engine powering the Dino was largely built by Fiat, foreshadowing the growing relationship between Ferrari and the Italian auto giant. Even with Dino badges and a Fiat-built engine, the 206 GT ’ s lineage was clearly Ferrari, thanks not only to the Pininfarina bodywork, but also by offering an elevated level of performance the public had come to expect of Ferrari.

The Dino ’ s performance became even more exhilarating in 1969 when the V6 was enlarged to 2,418cc and the output increased to 195 horsepower. Renamed the 246 GT, it would prove to be the ultimate evolution of the Dino, and would stay in production until 1974.

While Ferraris have always been about free revving high performance engines, the Dino 246 GTs have quick, responsive handling that immediately separates them from earlier front-engined Ferraris, and marks the shift that led directly to the present generation of Ferrari road cars. Historically significant, the Dino was the only production car that combined the dynamic advantages of a mid-mounted engine without the angular wedge shape designs that would characterize Ferraris from the mid-70s well into the 90s.

The 1972 Ferrari 246 Dino GT presented here is a superb, highly original example finished in Fly Yellow with a black leather interior. Very well preserved and cared for by its previous owners, this Dino has documentation of ownership dating back to the mid-1970s, showing it as a Southern California car, and having last been offered publicly for sale at a Ferrari dealership in 1985. With 51,126 original miles, power windows, the original keys, a Blauplunkt gooseneck radio, the original mouse hair dash in excellent condition, like new Cromadora wheels, books, records, tools and jack, this is one of the finest examples for sale today. This Ferrari has been shown in concours events and performed extremely well. The Dino GT offered here is for the discerning collector who wants one of the best Dinos in the world today.

Reference Number 5880

as of 1/11/2007

Car 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
VIN 03238 
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