1972 Ferrari 246 'Dino'



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Ferrari Dino

Regarded by most as the most attractive of Ferrari road cars, the Dino was never intended to be a Ferrari at all. Enzo Ferrari had long called V6 race engines Dino in memory of his only son, who died during the 1950's. The first appearance of the name came with the 246 Grand Prix car of the 1957 season. Racing then as an FII car, this had a new V6 engine, apparently designed by Dino Ferrari on his death bed. This car progressed to full World Championship status for 1958 and delivered Mike Hawthorn his Championship, with only two wins for the car but, by dint of its superb reliability, a string of second places that allowed Mike to outstrip Stirling Moss.

During the 1960's, Ferrari began producing smaller capacity sports racing cars and labelled them as 'Dino'. This went so far as being homologated and entered as a separate entity to the main Ferrari Factory cars at events such as Le Mans. By the end of the 1960's Ferrari was ready to go into production with a new, mid engined two seater coupe, to be called simply 'Dino'. It is assumed that the threat of the rear engined 911 Porsche was being taken seriously at Maranello and the Dino was the result.

The Dino found its self being used as a rally car and race car, the pinnacle coming, arguably, with a NART (North American Racing Team) entry for the 1972 Le Mans race. The car ran steadily to a decent 17th place overall finish. A great achievement for what was, essentially, a stock motor car.

This Dino, first registered in May 1972 has been a racing car for at least the last 25 years. The excellent Ferrari Owner's Club records in the car's history file record Elwyn Owen-Jones and Carl Blunt as active members who campiagned the car during the 1980's in circuit racing, sprints and hill-climbs. It won the Goodyear Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari racing Championship in the UK in 1980's and has been maintained in superb order ever since. In addition this car is featured in the book Ferrari Dino 246 GT Super Profile by Nathan Beehl.

Currently the car is in race car trim having been comprehensively rebuilt over the last 2 years with painstaking attention to detail, especially to the all aluminium body, and is also road registered in the UK. An excellent entry into Historic racing events including Le Mans Classic and, Tour Auto. The Dino is welcomed by all of the historic road and touring events. Equally at home on the road and the track, the car is fitted with a race prepared V6 Dino engine and Weber Carburettors producing around 250bhp, and is fitted with 15 inch wheels, recently rebuilt to the correct LeMans '72 specification, this car has recently (2015) had FIA HTP papers issued for period H of historic racing.

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