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Lot 117: Ferrari Dino 246GT Berlinetta

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

It was the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 that led to the introduction of a 'junior' Ferrari, the Dino 206GT, at the Turin Motor Show in 1967. Building on experienced gained with its successful limited edition Dino 206S sports-racer of 1966, Ferrari retained the racer's mid-engined layout for the road car but installed the power unit transversely rather than longitudinally. A compact, aluminium-bodied coupe of striking appearance, the Pininfarina-styled Dino - named after Enzo Ferrari's late son Alfredino Ferrari and intended as the first of a separate but related marque - was powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cam V6 driving through an in-unit five-speed transaxle. The motor's 180bhp was good enough to propel the lightweight, aerodynamically-efficient Dino to 142mph, and while there were few complaints about the car's performance, the high cost enforced by its aluminium construction hindered sales. A 2.4-litre version on a longer wheelbase - the 246GT - replaced the Dino 206 in late 1969. The body was now steel and the cylinder block cast-iron rather than aluminium, but the bigger engine's increased power - 195bhp at 7,600rpm - was adequate compensation for the weight gain. A Targa-top version, the 246GTS, followed in 1972. While not quite as fast in a straight line as its larger V12-engined stablemates, the nimble Dino was capable of showing almost anything a clean pair of heels over twisty going. Testing the ultimate V6-engined Dino – the 246GT – in 1972, the authoritative American motoring magazine Road & Track enthused, 'it is a thrill to drive a car like the Dino, one whose capabilities are far beyond what even an expert driver can use in most real-world motoring, and that is the Dino's reason for being. The real joy of a good mid-engined car is in its handling and braking and the Dino shone as we expected it to. The steering is quick without being super quick, and it transmits by what seems a carefully planned amount of feedback exactly what is going on at the tyres. The Dino's cornering limits are very high... ' Truly a driver's car par excellence. As the first series-produced, mid-engined Ferraris, the early Dino V6s are landmark cars. The line they founded would prove to be an immense commercial success for Maranello, production amounting to 2,487 GT coupés and 1,274 GTS spyders by the time the model was deleted in 1974. One of only 235 supplied to the UK in right-hand drive configuration, the Maranello Concessionaires Archive confirms Dino GT chassis 05240 was manufactured by Ferrari SpA November 1972 and delivered to the Dick Lovett dealership December 1972. First registered 'NHD 845L', the car gained the current personalised registration with model-appropriate 246-suffix October 2006. The accompanying history file contains details of past owners, a Ferrari wallet in tan leather for handbook and service booklet, correspondence, and invoices from marque specialists Graypaul Motors totalling £24,500 relating to a 'ground upwards' restoration carried out and photographed in 1991. Also on file are bills from Rardley detailing work carried out amounting to more than £13,000 in 2003, as well as ones amounting to £12,500 for the more recent renewal of front brake discs and callipers, wiring loom and speedometer. The latter was fitted August 2011 at 62,625 miles, since when a further 499 miles have been covered making the total from new 63,124. Acquired by the current owner in 2004, 'FSY 246' is described by him as in generally sound condition, with good paintwork in Rosso Corsa, tidy interior with seats in black with red piping and regularly serviced engine. The car is offered with the aforementioned bills, various old MoT and current certificate valid to May 2013 and Swansea V5C registration document. Electronic ignition and a 'Jackie Ickx' Dino steering wheel are the only notified deviations from factory specification.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
TypeCar
Lot Number117
Estimate£90000-£110000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£89000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£101180
Year1972
Condition rating1
Registration numberFSY 246
Mileage-
Chassis number05240
Engine number05240
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2