1973 RHD Ferrari Dino 246 GT - DEPOSIT TAKEN For Sale
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Launched in 1968 in 2-litre form as the 206, the Dino, named after Enzo Ferrari’s first-born son who died in 1956 at the age of only 24, was a game-changer for the company. It was a move away from Ferrari’s traditional fare of V12 front-engined grant tourers, its first mid-engined road car, the only one ever with a V6 engine, and the forerunner of the family of V8 mid-engined cars that evolved into today’s F8 Tributo. It was also the car that launched the alliance with Fiat that gave the company a stable long-term future at a time when it was in danger of foundering.
With the prototype of the Dino 196 S already in-house, there was an excellent opportunity to design a relatively small displacement, road-going version which, for the first time in Ferrari history, could be built on an assembly line. Pininfarina came up with the achingly beautiful, classic lines, and the V6 engine, the descendant of the one that had powered Ferrari’s Formula One cars to victory in 1958 in the hands of Hawthorn and Collins, and in which Dino had had a hand in the design, was re-engineered for transverse mounting amidships.
The model met some resistance amongst purists to begin with as it was not considered a ‘real’ Ferrari, but opinions soon changed once clients got the chance to see it close up and drive it.
Servo-assisted, ventilated disc brakes with independent suspension via wishbones, coil spring and hydraulic shock absorber, were provided to each wheel, with front and rear anti-roll bars. The smooth, rounded body style – full curves of the front wings flowing into the cabin with its scalloped door panels, then into the curves of the rear wings and buttressed sail panels, terminating abruptly in a Kamm tail – drew universal praise. The shape is still widely regarded as a design classic.
The engine was of a 65 degree V configuration, with chain-driven, twin overhead camshafts per bank. It was transversely mounted in unit with the all-synchromesh, 5-speed transmission assembly below and to the rear of the engine’s wet sump.
The 246, which made its official debut at the Turin Show in November 1969, was an evolution of the 206, with a larger V6 engine of 2.4 litres capacity. It proved commercially very successful, and when production stopped in 1974, demand was still high.
My Dino, finished in Blu Dino Metallizzato with a beige leather interior, was delivered to its first owner, Sir Patrick Keith-Murray Bt., of Ochtertyre, near Crieff in Scotland in October 1973. He kept it for three years, covering 15,500 miles, before selling it to a Mr. Baird in Edinburgh. A little over a year and just under 9,000 miles later, it migrated South to Surrey and then in October 1994 it moved to Essex, into the ownership of amateur racing driver, Shaun Lynn. Five years later, with approximately 31,000 miles under its belt, it was entrusted by Mr. Lynn to Kevin O’Rourke of Mototechnique, one of the UK’s top Ferrari restorers, for a full restoration, from which it emerged 14 months later. In August 2013, after an extensive search for “the best Dino I could find”, it was acquired by Paul Hembery, head of Pirelli’s Motor Sport Division, from whom I bought it three years later with 35,500 miles on the clock. I have added a further 6,000 miles, including a 2,500 mile round trip to Maranello in 2018, for a gathering of 160 Dinos at the Ferrari factory to mark the 50th. anniversary of its launch in 1968.
Like all the best classic Ferraris, it comes with the famous “red book” of Classiche Certification, as well as a full set of tools, an original owner’s manual, and a stack of invoices from birth onwards.
Service History is as follows:
21/04/1977 16,448 Grassicks, Perth
07/08/1978 20,489 Graypaul
08/12/1980 23,640 Graypaul
16/03/1988 24,271 Modena Engineering
29/04/1988 24,380 Modena Engineering
31/08/1988 Coalbrook Cars
30/08/1989 25,493 Modena Engineering
15/09/1994 28,135 Maranello Concessionaires
17/09/1994 28,135 Maranello Concessionaires
21/04/1998 30,313 Graypaul
02/09/2004 31,290 DK Engineering
18/05/2007 31,797 Bob Houghton
21/10/2008 32,021 Dick Lovett
30/10/2009 33,649 Dick Lovett
30/11/2009 33,649 Dick Lovett
11/12/2009 33,649 Dick Lovett
22/12/2009 33,649 Dick Lovett
24/12/2009 33,649 Dick Lovett
15/02/2010 33,664 Bob Houghton
24/11/2010 33,814 Bob Houghton
05/03/2012 34,221 Bob Houghton
18/03/2013 34,238 Bob Houghton
23/07/2014 34,672 Carrs
01/04/2016 35,487 Carrs
18/07/2016 35,953 Carrs
31/03/2017 36,398 Thornley Kelham
11/04/2018 37,054 Carrs
31/05/2018 37,100 Carrs
14/06/2018 37,375 Carrs
30/07/2018 40,113 Carrs
26/10/2018 40,588 Carrs
17/01/2019 40,760 Thornley Kelham
08/10/2019 41,418 Carrs
I have too many “toys”, but I can't decide which ones to sell, so I am going to let the market decide for me. I have advertised all six and intend to sell three and keep three, so once three have gone, I'll keep the rest and they will no longer be for sale. Further details and photos can be found at bluebottle.smugmug.com
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