1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino  Chassis no. 2828
Lot 337
1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Coupe Chassis no. 02828
Sold for US$ 181,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino Coupe
Chassis no. 02828
• 2.4-liter V6 motor
• 5-speed manual transmission
• Mid-engined layout

• Gorgeous Pininfarina styling
• Lovely color combination
• Known history back to the 1970s

Showcased at the Turin Motor Show of 1967, the Pininfarina-styled 206GT Dino was a sensation. Designed to satisfy the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2, the 2-liter, four-cam V6 produced 180bhp, which, shrouded in a compact, lightweight aluminum body, would propel the car to over 140mph. Ferrari retained the mid-engine layout for the prototype, but installed the V6 transversely, driving it through a five-speed transaxle.

A 2.4-liter version on a longer wheelbase - the 246 GT - replaced the Dino 206 in late 1969. The body was now steel and the cylinder block cast-iron rather than aluminum, but the bigger engine's increased power - 195bhp at 7,600rpm - was adequate compensation for the added weight. A Targa-top version, the 246 GTS, followed in 1972. While not quite as fast in a straight line as its larger V12-engined stablemates, the nimble Dino was capable of showing almost anything a clean pair of heels over twisty going.

Testing the ultimate V6-engined Dino – the 246 GT – in 1972, the authoritative American motoring magazine Road & Track enthused:
"it is a thrill to drive a car like the Dino, one whose capabilities are far beyond what even an expert driver can use in most real-world motoring, and that is the Dino's reason for being. The real joy of a good mid-engined car is in its handling and braking and the Dino shone as we expected it to. The steering is quick without being super quick, and it transmits by what seems a carefully planned amount of feedback exactly what is going on at the tires. Thanks to the layout's low polar moment of inertia the car responds instantly to it. The Dino's cornering limits are very high..."

Truly a driver's car par excellence!

As the first series-produced, mid-engined Ferraris, the early Dino V6s are landmark cars. The line they founded would prove to be an immense commercial success for Maranello, production amounting to 2,487 GT coupés and 1,274 GTS spyders by the time the model was deleted in 1974.

A European specification Dino offered from the Oldenburg Collection, this car made its way to the US in the 1970s and, as recorded on the Dino Registry, was owned by Dennis Rector of Illinois before passing into the long-term ownership of Dr. Carl D. Maguire of Del Mar, California in 1981.

The Dino was repainted in the present very attractive shade of silver in 1988 with the mileage recorded at 39,675 kms, and remained with Dr. Maguire until offered for sale in October 2006 by the Symbolic Motor Car Co of La Jolla, California with 69,383 kms on the clock. The Dino has been part of the Oldenburg Collection ever since.

Beautifully presented in silver, with contrasting tan and black leather upholstery, we understand this car is the example featured on the Dino Register website. A rare opportunity to acquire a great driver-level 246 GT.

Without Reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note, this vehicle is titled as a 1972.

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