1972 Ferrari 246 'Dino'Dino 246 GT
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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' The Elkhart Collection event, 23 - 24 October 2020.
The Dino 206 GT was intended as the debut model of a “junior” Ferrari range upon its unveiling at the 1967 Turin Motor Show. Boasting a lightweight, mid-engined chassis with a transversely mounted 2.0-liter, all-alloy four-cam V-6 engine, it was capable of 160 bhp and a top speed of 146 mph. Aerodynamic aluminum coachwork by Pininfarina and a name honoring Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alfredino, completed the package.
In late 1969 the Dino 246 GT was introduced. The new Dino was built on a slightly longer wheelbase, employing steel for the body shell and cast iron for the engine block. The new 2.4-liter V-6 more than made up for the negligible extra weight the car now carried: 195 bhp at 7,600 rpm propelled the 246 GT to a whisker under 150 mph. Coupled with its ability to outperform even Ferrari’s twelve-cylinder supercars on twisty roads, it was the benchmark sports car of its time.
The 246 GT offered here, a European-specification example, is believed to have been brought to the United States in the 1970s, after which it was owned by Dennis Rector of Illinois and Dr. Carl D. Maguire of Del Mar, California, in 1981. Dr. Maguire had the car refinished to the present shade of silver in 1988 and maintained it until 2006, when it was sold to collector Wayne Oldenburg. The current collection acquired the Dino from the Oldenburg stable seven years later. The presentation remains very attractive, with the tan interior worn just enough to be comfortable and attractive, and with a fine patina of use around the chassis and engine. Accompanying the car are an original repair manual as well as owner’s manuals, a tool set with jack, and even a Dino key fob.
The buyer seeking a very nice Dino to drive and enjoy need look no further.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/el20.