1970 FERRARI DINO 246GT 'L' SERIES BERLINETTA For Sale
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1970 FERRARI DINO 246GT 'L' SERIES BERLINETTA
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA
CHASSIS NO. 0928
•French delivery and only 2 owners from new
•One of only 357 examples of the desirable 'L' Series
•Fully restored (€160,000 invoices) by Ferrari Pozzi in France between 2002-2008
•Matching numbers example
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 experience 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 230km/h 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 240km/h. 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's by the time the model was deleted in 1974.
This rare and desirable matching numbers 'L' series 246 GT Dino is one of only 357 examples of the 1st series featuring the desirable and characteristic centre knock-off wheels, it was delivered new in France by the official Ferrari importer, Charles Pozzi. According to the Ferrari reference book 'raab-files' chassis '0928' was originally finished in 'Argento Auteil' with black leather interior.
First registered on 27th November 1970, this Dino was bought by the current vendor exactly 8 years and 1 month later in Paris straight from its 1st owner. Having kept the car ever since, the vendor has owned it for 42 years. The 246 GT Dino was professionally restored at no expense spared between 2002 and 2008 by Ferrari importer Charles Pozzi, under personal supervision of Mr. Bois, a total of approximately €160,000 was spent (majority of invoices are available) on this painstaking restoration. After its restoration Mr. Bois successfully presented the Dino on several Concours d'Elegance, the trophy's come with the car.
The car has been inspected just after restoration in 2008 by Mr. Christian Huet in 2008. His specialist inspection report, confirming the car's excellent condition is on file.
Since its full restoration, the car has hardly been driven but regularly maintained by Pozzi. It stayed in storage with a great Porsche collector who got it running regularly. The car comes with the aforementioned taxation report (2008), French Carte Grise dated 1978, restoration invoices, the original owner's manual, Ferrari pouch, leather toolkit and new spare wheel.
A rare opportunity to acquire a desirable European 'L'-series 246 GT Dino that has been in single private ownership for 42 years.
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