- A design masterpiece
- A strong and powerful car
- In very good condition, with original interior
The Dino was born from a combination of favourable circumstances and some serious thinking on part of Ferrari. Il Commendatore had wanted in the early 1960s to look at models of smaller capacity with a wider reach as he had tried to do with the Mille (which became the ASA 1000), but he was not ready for a second go at it. It was Sergio Pininfarina who initiated the first project in this direction, with the 206 Dino Berlinetta Speciale unveiling at the Paris Salon of 1965. Then, at the Turin Motor Show in 1966, Pininfarina once again proposed another concept, the Dino Berlinetta GT with a new tubular chassis and a longitudinal located V6 amidship. It was in September 1967 that the almost final version of the Dino 206 GT was unveiled. It took its name from its engine, with Enzo Ferrari wishing to differentiate this car from the V12 Ferraris. It was a tribute to his son Dino, who had participated in the development of double overhead camshaft V6 that powered the car that won the F1 World Championship in 1961 with Phil Hill. Detuned by engineer Aurelio Lampredi, this all aluminum engine found its way under the hood of the GT 206. Soon enough, it was decided that a bigger engine would be more suited as the 2.0-litre unit was deemed a little underpowered. Lampredi therefore develop a cast iron block with a 2.4-liter displacement, an engine that was more flexible than the previous one. Thus equipped with a steel body replacing the aluminum, the Dino 246 GT became Ferrari's first mid-engined road car to sell in volumes, paving the way for a new family whose success has been once again confirmed today with the F430 V8.
This 246 Dino that we present is an US version which left the factory in Maranello in April 1972 and was sold new in November 1973 to Michael T. Dorris, in the state of Tennessee, United States. Since 1985 this car has had only four owners with the California collector Arthur H. Miller as its owner from 1995 to 2011. Yellow with black interior, the car is equipped with power windows and a Becker Grand Prix radio from the era, and it works. The car received in 2000 a new paint coat in its original colour and is presented in a superb condition, with flawless glass and very good adjustments to the body panels. It is equipped with an Ansa exhaust system and the Cromodora rims are shod with Michelin XWX. The interior is flawless, with black leather seats in original condition presenting an attractive patina. The inserts are also original with no defect. The counter shows 23,200 miles or 37,340km approximately.
In good working condition, the car comes with its warranty booklet, its manual, maintenance manual, the additional manual for the US model, as well as a manual and wiring diagram of the Becker radio. In addition, it is equipped with a toolkit, its jack with a wheel nut, key start and two keys for the doors.
The Dino 246 GT is an aesthetic masterpiece. With its compact V6 in a central position, it is a quick and agile car, with a sporty temperament. In addition to the driving sensations the car provides, it offers an aesthetic satisfaction that is timeless. When it is one in such a state the car becomes even more attractive.