1967 Ferrari 206 'Dino'


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ody. These ideas resulted in the Dino Berlinetta Speciale in 1965, the Dino Berlinetta GT in 1966, and two prototypes in 1967. The project manager, Leonardo Fioravanti, and directors Sergio Pininfarina and Renzo Carli, were all involved in decisions, including aesthetic choices, that led to the production version, the Dino 206 GT. This was the first mid-engined production sports car approved by Ferrari, and it would serve as a base for the whole family of two-seater mid-engined Ferrari, from the 308 GTB/GTS and 328 GTB/GTS through to the current 488 GTB/Spider, with models in between including the F40 (which used the same passenger compartment base as the 308). For many reasons, the Dino 206 GT forms a key part of Ferrari's history, in addition to being one of the most beautiful sports cars ever built.

The story starts with the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, built in record time on a Type 585 tubular chassis, the 206 P competition chassis. This first Dino concept car was finished just in time for the opening of the 52nd Paris Motor Show, in October 1965. It was built on chassis n°0840 from the stock belonging to Ferrari's competition department SEFAC (Scuderia Enzo Ferrari Auto Corse). The side air-intakes, with their elongated form that became part of the signature style of this range, were inserted to cool the rear disc brakes. As on the competition Dinos, these were inboard brakes. The curved rear window swept round to meet the inclined rear pillars that also shape the quarter-light windows. The rear panel was pierced with vents to allow hot air to escape the engine compartment. Getting in and out of the car was not a simple feat with the relatively high and wide door-sills, designed that way due to the structure of the car and also the presence of two lateral competition fuel tanks that were around 40 cm wide. These tanks were connected to two filling points in the front wings. As a competition car, the Dino Berlinetta Speciale was right-hand drive.
The car was liveried in the traditional Ferrari red, a colour that also appeared in the cockpit. The dashboard was black and the cream seats were not adjustable, unlike the pedals. The side windows were operated manually with door handles. The gear gate was typical of Ferrari with a short lever topped with a round polished aluminium knob. The fuse-box was positioned under the dash on the passenger side. There was a leather rimmed three-spoke wheel fitted and other instrumentation was sparse, with just the necessary dials. A large centrally-positioned rev counter was flanked by an oil pressure gauge and a vent, and there was a water temperature gauge inserted on the right. There was no heating or de-icing system on the car. The short single windscreen wiper was not hugely practical.

Having been exhibited on several occasions, including at the 52th Paris Motor Show in October 1965, the Turin Motor Show in November 1965 and the New York Motor Show in April 1966, the Dino Berlinetta Speciale spent some time in Turin, at Pininfarina.

Matthias Bartz
Author of the "Dino Compendium"

The Dino Berlinetta Speciale Pininfarina prototype with competition chassis 0840, is an important and significant car possessing all the most desirable qualities. It is a unique example, completely genuine and its stunningly beautiful appearance represents a benchmark in the history of design. Its provenance is also remarkable. The day after the death of Jean-Baptiste Farina (Pinin), the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) decided to pay homage to the man by giving his name to the square in front of the museum in the village at Le Mans 24 Hours. In this context, Sergio Pininfarina replied in French on 19 April 1967 to the suggestion made by the friend of his father, Count Bernard de Lassée, President of FIVA and curator of the collection, that the museum should have " an object that could provide a memory of my father " by offering " to donate the first Dino prototype that had been exhibited at the Paris Motor Show in 1965 […] a car that was particularly dear to my father ". In the same letter he said that " the body of this car is the property of our company while the chassis and mechanical elements belong to Ferrari ", and that " Mr Ferrari has very kindly agreed to our proposal ".
Added in the margin, in his hand : " Perhaps it would be a good idea for you to write a letter to Mr Ferrari directly " The car was transported by rail, on a reserved carriage, and the official inauguration of the Place Jean-Baptiste Pininfarina took place on Saturday 10 June 1967 at 10.30am.

Being sold by the ACO, organiser of the most legendary race in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours, this Dino Berlinetta Speciale is presented with Pininfarina's cooperation.

To ensure its sustainability, a museum must promote and focus on its strengths. The Automobile du Mans Museum aims to reinforce its original vocation by assembling the machines that have written the story of the 24 Hour Race, along with vehicles designed by the Sarthe constructors headed by Léon Bollée et Jean Rondeau. The public come to the museum in order to dream about the past glories of these cars and the drivers who brought them to life.
The President and directors of the ACO consider the Dino prototype to be a breathtakingly beautiful machine, but without a link to the new theme of the museum focused on the mythical Le Mans 24 Hours. The proceeds from its sale will be used to restore, embellish and enrich the collections of the museum to ensure that it remains dynamic, ambitious and continues to evolve.

Here is a unique opportunity to acquire one of the most important, if not the most important, concept car to come from the collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina. A unique piece of automobile design history with styling as beautiful as any masterpiece in the history of art.

Current condition of the car
An inspection of the car and observation of certain elements (chassis, engine, pedals, cooling system) has allowed us to conclude that it was originally built on the base of a Dino 206 P. Functioning at the time, the car has only ever been used for static display and it is no longer mechanically operational. Our examination has clarified certain aspects about its current condition. The interior and exterior of the car are complete. The engine is present with all accessories (carburettors, distributors, ignition coils, exhaust, cooling system with radiator, expansion vessel and lines...), but missing all internal moving components such as rods, pistons and crank. The gearbox case appears to be empty, with what seems to be a dummy gear lever fixed to the neutral position. The clutch is also missing, as is the flywheel, but the clutch receiver is present along with the two arms of the transmission. The brakes appear to be complete (callipers, front and rear discs, pedal, twin master cylinder, hydraulic lines). The running gear is also complete, including the steering rack, hubs, wishbones, shock absorbers and ball joints. The wiring harness is present, as is the battery, front and rear lights and indicators. The spare wheel, which would be situated above the gearbox, is missing.