Lot 542: Ferrari Dino 246GT Berlinetta
In the mid-1960s, Ferrari needed a production-based 2-litre engine for the new Formula 2 and conceived the mid-engined Dino to provide the necessary basis. The first of these 'junior' Ferraris the 206GT debuted 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 coupé 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 its 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 more than adequate compensation for the weight gain, as the Dino's top speed increased slightly to within a whisker of 150mph. A Targa-top version, the 246GTS, followed in 1972. While not 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. Truly a driver's car par excellence. As the first series-produced, mid-engined Ferraris, the early Dino V6s are landmark cars. The line that 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. This matching-numbers example was delivered new in Belgium in July 1973 by the official Ferrari importer, Garage Francorchamps, to Mr Jean Oury. In February 1989 the Dino was repurchased by Garage Francorchamps' proprietor, Mr Jacques Swaters, and remained in his museum since. Currently displaying a total of only 36,298 kilometres on the odometer, the car was completely restored in 1998 by Francorchamps Garage and is described as in generally excellent condition. This beautiful Dino is finished in its original livery of red with black leather interior, and is offered with restoration photographs, Ferrari certificate of conformity, Belgian registration papers and sundry service invoices, the most recent dated 24th May 2012.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€247250|
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