The Dino 206 GT was intended as the debut model of a ‘junior’ Ferrari range upon its unveiling at the 1967 Turin Motor Show. Boasting a lightweight, mid-engined chassis with a transversely mounted 2.0-liter, all-alloy four-cam V-6 engine, it was capable of 160 bhp and a top speed of 146 mph. Aerodynamic aluminum coachwork by Pininfarina and a name honoring Enzo Ferrari’s late son, Alfredino, completed the package. Despite being lauded for its handling abilities, just 152 examples were built. Ferrari sensed that the reason for poor sales was the high asking price, necessitated due to the use of expensive lightweight materials, and so in late 1969, the Dino 246 GT was introduced.
The new Dino was built on a slightly longer wheelbase, employing steel for the bodyshell and cast iron for the engine block. The new 2.4-liter V-6 more than made up for the negligible extra weight the car now carried: 195 bhp at 7,600 rpm propelled the 246 GT to a whisker under 150 mph. Coupled to its ability to outperform even Ferrari’s twelve-cylinder supercars on twisty roads made it the benchmark sportscar of its time.
On offer is a North American export, chassis 03162, produced in January 1972. Though the early history of the Dino unknown, the Dino has remained largely original and unmolested. It is believed to have been repainted in the original Rosso Chiaro prior to 1980, with the original paint still visible in the door jamb. Additionally, the black leather interior remains highly original and in good condition with a beautiful and inviting patina.
In 1982, the 246 GT was sold to a gentleman as a present for his wife. Driven sparingly, the Dino was kept mostly in the garage with their extensive collection. In 1992, the Dino was recorded as having just passed 15,000 miles. Since then, the Ferrari was exported to the UK, where it has remained in the collection of a notable dealership. The Dino was most recently displayed in 2018 at the London Concours, where it shone brightly in the June sunshine.
It is refreshing to find an example as well preserved as this honest, unmolested Dino 246 GT, currently showing less than 16,000 miles.