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Lot 134A
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Berlinetta

Sold for £ 219,500 (US$ 301,848) inc. premium
1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Berlinetta
Chassis no. 6580
• Delivered new within the EU
• One of the final 'E' series
• Restored in the early 1990s
• Present ownership for the last 25 years

Footnotes

  • '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... ' – Road & Track.

    It was the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 that had prompted the introduction of a 'junior' Ferrari, the Dino 206 GT, at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. The latest in a line of Dino V6 'quad-cam' engines stretching back to the late 1950s, the new unit proved as successful on the racetrack as in the showroom, Derek Bell and Ernesto Brambilla both winning races in the European Championship, while Andrea de Adamich triumphed in the 1968 Argentine Temporada series.

    Building on experienced gained with its successful limited edition Dino 206 S 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 coupé 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 via an in-unit five-speed transaxle. The motor's 180 brake horsepower 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 246 GT - replaced the original Dino 206 in late 1969. Built by Scaglietti, 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 - adequately compensated for the weight gain. A Targa-top version, the 246 GTS, followed in 1972. The Dino 246 was built in three series: 'L', 'M' and 'E', these designations reflecting detail changes in the specification. Of the three, the 'M' series is by far the rarest, being produced during the early months of 1971 only. Changes from the preceding 'L' series had included a 30mm increase in rear track; five-bolt fixing for the road wheels; internal boot release; seat-mounted headrests; and various minor improvements to the engine and gearbox. The final 'E' series featured all the developments incorporated into its predecessors together with further improvements to the engine and gearbox, and numerous other more minor changes.

    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. Truly a driver's car par excellence and still highly regarded today.
    One of approximately the 200 'Series E' cars built, the Dino offered here is a matching numbers example (chassis/engine/gearbox) as confirmed in correspondence from Ferrari. '6580' left the Maranello factory equipped with air conditioning, seat belts and electric windows, and has been fitted with 'Daytona' black leather seats. The latter were an option at the time but are not original to this car, which was delivered finished in Blu Scuro with a beige interior. Other noteworthy features include a (non-original) radio/cassette with electric aerial, an analogue Tripmaster, and a period anti-theft device (an engine cut-out button next to the clutch).

    Chassis number '6580' was delivered new in Italy and sold by Motor Spa, the Ferrari concessionaire in Bologna. The car changed hands in the 1980s, moving to a Mr Ulrix in Belgium in 1988. In 1991 the Ferrari was purchased from the Belgian marque specialist GiPiMo by the current owner, its custodian for the last 25 years. The car was purchased in poor condition but was complete and thus an ideal candidate for restoration. Restored to 'better than new' standard in 1991/1992, the Dino has been refinished in red with black interior trim and comes with photographs recording the restoration. No work other than routine maintenance has been carried out since then, and the paintwork still presents very well despite being over 20 years old. The Dino is offered with Belgian registration papers; a brochure and book on the model; and a substantial quantity of invoices, including many relating to the restoration, together with others from GiPiMo in 2014 totaling approximately €5,000.
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