1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542

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Lot 116
Multiple FCA Platinum Award winning example
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina

Sold for US$ 385,000 inc. premium
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 00542

2,419cc DOHC V6 Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
195bhp at 7,600rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Desirable early-production, L-Series Dino 246 GT
*Multiple FCA Platinum Award winning example
*Thoroughly researched history and provenance
*The 65th example of just 355 L-Series Dinos produced
*Offered with Marcel Massini's history file, restoration records, books and tools


THE FERRARI DINO 246

Introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1967, the all-new Dino 206GT was initiated due to the need of a Formula 2 power plant for Ferrari's racing program. A mid-engined layout with a compact, aluminum coupe body was chosen, with styling entrusted to the legendary Pininfarina. The two-liter, 180bhp motor was good enough to propel the Dino to 142mph, and while there were few complaints about the car's performance, the high cost mandated by its aluminum construction hindered sales.

A 2.4-liter 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 aluminum, but the bigger engine's increased power - 195bhp at 7,500rpm - 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 stable-mates, 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 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..." The Dino, thus, was and remains 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 coupes and 1,274 GTS spiders by the time the model was deleted in June of 1974.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This fine example of Ferrari's legendary 246 Dino was built in the desirable first series of the 246 production-run, referred to as the L-Series. These 355 L-Series Dinos featured the larger 2.4-liter engine, but retained many of the early 206 GT production features the most noticeable of which are the distinctive knock-off Cromodora wheels. This car, chassis no. 00542, left the assembly line in October 1969, making it the 65th example produced in the series. It was first sold on January 13, 1970 in Verona, Italy to Girolamo Gabaldo of Padova. Gabaldo owned the car for the following year and a half, having it serviced that summer at the factory service center in Maranello, before selling it on to Gino Roncaio, also of Padova. The Dino remained in its home country of Italy for the next decade, until it was exported to the US in the early 1980s. The Dino resided in Southern California for about a decade and a half, passing though the hands of noted collector Ed Niles and Ferrari enthusiast Bill Biggs, among others, until being purchased by its current owner, a Seattle, Washington based enthusiast, in 1996.

Over the next four years a complete and accurate restoration was carried out using a vast collection of NOS parts sourced by the owner. Sergio Belli of Toronto, Canada performed the mechanical and electrical aspects of the restoration, while the bodywork was restored by Pebble Beach award winning painter Jon Byers, of Byers Custom and Restoration, in Auburn, Washington. The interior was reupholstered by Bill O'Donnel of Seattle, Washington, and was at this time changed from beige vinyl to the current black with red cloth inserts and red carpets, using materials supplied in part by Fratelli Luppi in Modena, Italy. This restoration was completed to Concours standards, and details including numerous photos can be found in the Dino's comprehensive history file.

After the restoration was complete, 00542 went on to win FCA Platinum awards at the 2000 Concorso Italiano, the 2001 Cavallino Classic and the 2002 Ferrari National Meet where it also won the "Best V6" award. Being an early production, European delivery L-Series Dino, it boasts numerous features not seen on later, American delivery cars. 00542 features has the desirable knock-off hub wheels, interim Daytona-style steering wheel and slimmer bumpers that curve into the front grill as opposed to the larger, straight bumpers of the later cars. These early L-Series cars were generally more spartan and lighter than their later 246 brethren, benefiting from aluminum skins on the doors, hood, trunk and engine cover and numerous magnesium engine parts, giving them more in common with the preceding-model 206 than with the later model 246 variants. It should be noted that although a period correct 246 GT L-Series motor and gearbox is installed in 00542 today, they are not original to the car but were quite possibly installed on May 18th, 1970 during recorded service by Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti at Viale Trento Trieste in Modena.

This car comes complete with a rare and correct tool kit, jack bag and associated contents, document pouch complete with the manuals, wiping cloth, dealer directory, warrany card and key fob. Complete with a comprehensive history file including Marcel Massini's history report, this smart, early-production 246 GT should be just at home back to the Concours circuit or while being exercised on twisty roads -- certainly its most natural environment, where its enjoyable and well-balanced driving characteristics can be savored and appreciated.

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1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Series L  Chassis no. 00542
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