1973 Ferrari 246 'Dino'GT E Series
Year of manufacture1973
Number of seats2
French registration papers
- In Pierre Brignole’s collection for 30 years
- One of the very few cars assigned to the Belgian market
- Has covered only 15,000 km (9500 miles) since its restoration
Created in 1964, the Dino marque would be represented by the 206 and 246 GT, which stand as models in their own right in Ferrari’s history. In choosing the name ‘Dino’, Enzo Ferrari paid tribute to his only son Alfredino, who had died in 1956. Specifically designed to receive the V6 engine with the same name which his son had conceived, the 206 and 246 were intended to compete with the top European sports cars of their time. More attractively priced, these models would win over new customers. Despite its GT badging, the Dino remained very similar in its design and road behaviour to genuine racing cars from the 1960s and ‘70s. Its mid-rear-mounted engine contributed greatly to its success and proved the concept – derived from competition – of locating the engine immediately behind the driver. Its 2.4-litre V6 with four overhead camshafts produced 195 bhp; directly developed from Ferrari’s competition engines, it proved powerful and flexible in use. With its formidable performance, the Dino 246 was more than just a response to the Porsche 911 S, riposting with a much more modern chassis. Three series of Dino followed each other with a number of changes and were known respectively as the L, M and E Series, the last of them appearing in 1971. Production of the 246 GT came to an end in 1974, with a total of only 2487 cars built.
The model we are presenting is stamped with the chassis number 06918: built in 1973, it was one of just a hundred or so cars assigned to the Belgian market. This Dino 246 GT was first registered on 16 May 1974. It joined Pierre Brignole’s collection 30 years ago, almost to the day, when he bought it on 23 October 1989 from a well-known collector in Lyon who had sold him his Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona a few months earlier. The various registration documents in our possession enable us to locate chassis number 06918 in the Nord department in northern France in 1987, which seems entirely logical given the car’s Belgian origins. The Dino then belonged to a renowned industrialist and member of the Ferrari Club. In 1988, the car was registered 246 SR 74, the number which is still engraved on all its windows. At this point, it joined the collection of François Lacarelle, a great lover of Ferraris, who had a complete mechanical restoration of the car carried out in Alain Bourdat’s workshop, while the upholstery and carpets were made up by the trimmer Luquet in Lyon. Lacarelle chose to have his Dino painted in the same shade of yellow as his Ferrari 275 GTB, going so far as to select the same upholstery and carpets. The engine was removed and completely overhauled, with work on the pistons, rings, valves and so on. Lacarelle only got to enjoy his Dino for a short while, as Pierre Brignole – who had already bought his Ferrari Daytona a few months earlier, as mentioned above – purchased it on 23 October 1989. It then joined the collection of the Corsican music-lover, alongside its bigger sisters, the Daytona, 512 BB and Testarossa. As a sidenote, Brignole wanted to get the registration 246 GT for his Dino but had to wait until 2000 for the authorities in Corsica to issue it to him.
As with all his cars, Brignole kept carefully to the service schedule, with the help of Dominique, his chief mechanic. In 1995, he dispatched the Dino to the dealership in Florence, Ferrari Auto Sport Maranello, for a complete check-up; he then continued to have it regularly serviced, as the numerous bills on file until 2018 confirm. Since its complete mechanical overhaul 21 years ago, the model we are presenting has covered only 15,350 km (9538 miles). Today, it is in good condition and our test drive on the open road proved entirely satisfactory. The ball joints for the suspension should be changed, and we felt that a tune-up of the carburettors was required. The gears change easily and the brakes are powerful. Brignole is very attached to his Dino and is relinquishing one of his favourite models; it remains only for you to become the proud owner of this gem of a car!
This car will be sold by auction by AGUTTES Auction House, in Lyon, France, on November the 9th, 2019.
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