1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTSOLD

RM Auction: Ferrari - Legenda e Passione - Sunday, May 20, 2007

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Estimate: 90,000€-110,000€

Offered Without Reserve

132,000 € Sold

Specifications: 195 bhp, 2,418 cc four overhead cam, cast iron block and alloy head V-6 engine with triple Weber 40 DCNF/7 carburetion, five-speed manual transaxle, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,340 mm (92.1").

The Ferrari Dino was inspired by Enzo Ferrari ’ s late son Alfredo, known to his family as “ Dino ” . Although Dino died at an early age, he had earned an engineering degree – and was working on a new V-6 engine for Ferrari before his death. To honor his son ’ s memory, Enzo Ferrari directed the legendary engineer, Vittorio Jano to finish this work. He created a series of very successful engines which ultimately powered various Ferrari Formula 1, 2 and 3 cars.

A number of years following this, Ferrari built a prototype Dino 206 GT, which was first displayed at the 1965 Paris Salon, followed by an updated concept first shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1966, and was later put into production in 1968. When the production Dino 206 GT first appeared, production was so limited that almost all sold within Italian borders, with very few escaping to other parts of the world. Consistent with his intention to honor his son, the cars carried only “ Dino ” badging.

Regardless of marketing, the car ’ s Ferrari heritage was clear, and performance became even more exhilarating in 1969 when the V-6 was enlarged to 2,418 cc and the power increased to 195bhp in the V-6 powered Dino ’ s ultimate evolution, the 246 series. Ferrari produced nearly 3,800 246 Dinos in the years spanning 1969 to 1974; 2,476 of these were GT coupe versions. 1973 production totaled about 1152 cars, 571 of which were coupes.

The European specification example offered here is notable because it was delivered new in Vienna, Austria to Heinz Lauda, uncle of the legendary Formula 1 driver. Mr. Lauda kept the car for just one year before selling it to Hugo Gaudenzi, the first of several Austrian owners, in March of 1975. Next came Wolfgang Heidrich (April 1976), Ewald Rusche (June 1977), Andreas Heuberger (March 1979), Kurt Menz (March 1980), and then, in 2002, to Andreas Grunzweig.

Mr. Grunzweig commissioned a comprehensive restoration during 2002 – 2004. The body, paint, electrical, and chassis restoration was carried out by Fa. Theodor Erhard, while the drivetrain was restored by RWS Motorsport (receipts for this work alone total nearly €25,000). The excellent original interior was reinstalled. Since completion of the restoration, the car has been driven nearly 8,000 kilometers, and remains in excellent operating condition – a worthy tribute to Enzo Ferrari ’ s lost son.

Reference Number 8584

as of 4/15/2007

Car 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
VIN 06834 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Alloy rims
Interior: Leather steering wheel 
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