|Cars - Ferrari|
|Odometer reading||29,376 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 3rd March 2011 Car - 03/03/2011 / 1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino Berlinetta / Lot 311a
The Dino, named in honour of Enzo Ferrari's son was a brand for V6 engined Ferrari's, the project that Dino Ferrari worked on before he died tragically of muscular dystrophy at just 24 years old. In order to homologate Ferrari's Formula 2 entry in 1966, the FIA requested that 500 production cars were produced using the same V6 unit as the race car. The Fiat Dino was born using the 2 litre V6 Ferrari unit which was later used in the early 206GT versions of the Dino. Ferrari used the mid engined configuration that was working well for them in sports car racing for the new Dino and the prototype 206S was shown at the 1966 Turin show. The car drew a positive response and Ferrari put the car into production, making it the first mid engine production Ferrari. The 206GT was produced between 1968/9 and all cars were made with left hand drive steering with the 2 litre quad cam V6 unit that produced 160bhp@8000rpm. The 246GT/S variants superseded the 206 and were produced from 1969-1974. The engines were enlarged to 2418cc V6, dual overhead camshaft, 9.0:1 compression ratio, iron block with alloy heads producing 195 bhp@ 7,600 rpm. The car was offered in closed Berlinetta form or open Spyder coachwork which was very popular in USA and made primarily for that market. The 246 Dino GT weighed 2380 pounds and the GTS weighed 2426 pounds using steel bodies in favour of lower production costs over Aluminium. Production numbered 2,487 GTs and 1,274 Spyders', the latter being built from 1972 to 1974 only, for a total production run of 3,761. This delightfully original righthand drive UK supplied example was first registered on 28th February 1973 and is understood to have had just two owners from new. Sold new to a Mr. Delderfield of London in 1973, he enjoyed the car for some two years and subsequently sold it to the vendor in 1975 who has kept the car ever since! Possibly one of the most original Dino's on offer today and presented in the classic colour combination of Rosso Corsa with nero interior. A close inspection reveals the original vinyl seats and alcantara covered dashboard complete with a wonderfully period radio cassette player. Supplied with a history file containing UK V5 registration, a number of bills and invoices, original owners leather wallet with the original warranty card, original Ferrari service agents booklet and owners manual. Described by the vendor as 'On the button, and one of the most original examples in existence,' VEN 95L is a time warp example of this iconic Ferrari model.