1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS Spyder  Chassis no. 05404 Engine no. 05404
Lot 556
1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS Spyder
Registration no. PGJ 100L Chassis no. 05404 Engine no. 05404
Sold for £ 144,860 (US$ 193,196) inc. premium

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Lot Details
1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS Spyder  Chassis no. 05404 Engine no. 05404 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS Spyder  Chassis no. 05404 Engine no. 05404 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS Spyder  Chassis no. 05404 Engine no. 05404
1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS Spyder
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Registration no. PGJ 100L
Chassis no. 05404
Engine no. 05404


  • It was the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 that led to the introduction of a 'junior' Ferrari, the Dino 206GT, at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. Building on experienced gained with its successful limited edition Dino 206S sports-racer of 1966, Ferrari retained the racer's mid-engined layout for the road car but installed the power unit transversely rather than longitudinally. A compact, aluminium-bodied coupe of striking appearance, the Pininfarina-styled Dino - named after Enzo Ferrari's late son Alfredino Ferrari and intended as the first of a separate but related marque - was powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cam V6 driving through an in-unit five-speed transaxle. The motor's 180bhp was good enough to propel the lightweight, aerodynamically-efficient Dino to 142mph, and while there were few complaints about the car's performance, the high cost enforced by its aluminium construction hindered sales.
    A 2.4-litre version on a longer wheelbase - the 246GT - replaced the Dino 206 in late 1969. The body was now steel and the cylinder block cast-iron rather than aluminium, but the bigger engine's increased power - 195bhp at 7,600rpm - was adequate compensation for the weight gain. A Targa-top version, the 246GTS, 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 246GT – 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 tyres. 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.
    One of only 235 supplied to the UK in right-hand drive configuration, this example comes with copies of its original Maranello Concessionaires and H R Owen order paperwork revealing that the car was supplied new finished in Bianco Polo Park (white) with black interior and equipped with power-operated windows. The most extensive history file also contains numerous bills for work carried out during the 1980s together with invoices for a major restoration undertaken by independent Ferrari specialists Shiltech Performance Cars Ltd of Loughborough circa 2002, which included converting the cylinder heads to accept unleaded fuel. It should be noted that although the Swansea V5C document still records the car as white, restoration photographs on file show it as already red when work commenced.
    The current owner acquired the Dino in January 2011, since when it has been kept on museum display. Presented in generally good condition and running well, the car is offered with the aforementioned history file and Swansea V5C document, road test reprints and quantity of old MoT certificates (most recent expired 30th June 2012). It is understood that a fresh MoT will have been obtained by time of sale.
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