To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' London event, 5 September 2018. Estimate: £150,000 - £200,000
The third RHD Dino 246 GT built and second car delivered to the UK
Shown at the 1970 Earls Court Motor Show
Single ownership for over two decades
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-litre, all-alloy four-cam V-6 engine, it was capable of 160 bhp and a top speed of 146 mph. Aerodynamic aluminium coachwork by Pininfarina and a name honouring Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alfredino, completed the package. Despite being lauded for its handling abilities, just 152 examples were built, all in LHD. Ferrari sensed that the reason for poor sales was the high asking price, necessitated due to the use of expensive lightweight materials, and so in late 1969, the Dino 246 GT was introduced.
The new Dino was built on a slightly longer wheelbase, employing steel for the bodyshell and cast iron for the engine block. Superficially, this may have appeared as a step backwards, however, the new 2.4-litre 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 to its ability to outperform even Ferrari’s twelve-cylinder supercars on twisty roads, made it the benchmark sportscar of its time. Hoping for a more substantial production run, it was only natural that this new Dino would be prepared for the RHD market as well.
Completed at the factory in September of 1970 and tastefully specified in Rosso Chiaro with black leather and grey carpets, chassis no. 01136 was just the third 246 GT Dino built in RHD and the second delivered to the UK. It is notable as it was displayed at the 1970 Earls Court Motor Show, making it one of the first 246 GT Dinos seen by enthusiasts in the UK. Shortly thereafter, it was delivered to its first owner, H.A. Gover of South Bennfleet, Essex. By 1978, it was with B.E. Hallyday in Hatton Park, Warwickshire, until 1980.
Believed to have covered just 46,789 miles from new, chassis no. 01136 was purchased by the consignor in the early 1990s, at which point it was taken off the road and has not been used since. It presents as a highly original car, a wonderful basis for a restoration.
This Dino is accompanied by its original tool kit and leather documents wallet, along with substantial documentation, including historical MOT certificates and service invoices. This represents a wonderful opportunity for the discerning collector to acquire a significant Dino, one which has remained in the UK for its entire life.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/LF18.