1972 Ferrari 246 'Dino'
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- Aesthetic masterpiece
- Fast and effective car
- Well maintained model
- Delivered new in Germany
The Dino was created from a favourable set of circumstances. In the early 1960s, Enzo Ferrari was keen to start producing models in greater numbers, but wasn't ready to use the mid-engine layout. It was Sergio Pininfarina who initiated the first such project, in the Dino 206 Berlinetta Speciale presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1965. In 1966 it was Pininfarina again who proposed the Dino Berlinetta GT, boasting a new tubular chassis and centrally positioned V6 engine, with a superbly elegant and sporty design that reappeared the following year on the Dino 206 GT. The name was a tribute to Dino Ferrari, Enzo and Laura's son, who had been involved with developing the four-cam V6 engine used in the1961 World Championship-winning Ferrari 156 single seater driven by Phil Hill. It was this same engine, built in aluminium and tamed somewhat by the engineer Aurelio Lampredi, that was found under the bonnet of the 206 GT.
It was soon decided to develop a version better suited to road use. Lampredi worked on a 2.4-litre cast iron block that was more versatile than the earlier version. Thus equipped within a steel body, the Dino, which took the name 246 GT, discovered a perfect homogeneity.
This first mid-engined road-going Ferrari opened the way for a new branch of the family with a lasting success still evident today in the V8-engined F430.
This Dino 246 GTS was delivered new in Germany in June 1972 and was acquired by the current owner in Monaco in the mid-2000s. In between, the car benefitted from a restoration. Subsequent work carried has included the fitting of valve seats suitable for lead-free fuel (by Rectification Vente Moteurs, in Taden, with parts bought from Superformance UK), restoration of the paintwork to the body and the chassis by Carrosserie Anodeau as well as work to the brakes, ignition, clutch and the re-chroming of certain parts. Repairs to the equipment and body included work to the closing mechanism of the sunroof which, specific to the 246 GTS - the most highly sought after version today - lends an added attraction to this elegant berlinetta, providing the ideal way to enjoy its sporty character.