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1973 Concours Winning Ferrari Dino 246 GTS For Sale by Auction

To be offered by Silverstone Auctions as part of the 'Silverstone Classic Live Online Sale' Saturday 1st August. Please see our website for more details/images and bidder registration. Estimate £300,000 - £340,000 Subject to Buyers premium of 12.5% + VAT Lot number - 612 UK-supplied, 1 previous owner, Concours-winning GTS with only 19,696 miles. * Only one previous owner with current since January 1978 * Very low mileage from new with only 19,696 miles * Finished in Argento Metallizzato with light blue leather and dark blue carpets * Ferrari Owners Club multiple Concours winning with supporting evidence & scoring * Serviced, new cam belts and MOT completed September 2019 (£4,000) * Fastidious restoration, fully documented with photographs and invoices etc. * Large and comprehensive history file including original Ferrari Warranty Card * Continues to maintain its Concours-winning quality by adopting a 'no expense spared' guardianship You can now book a one to one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location between 16th and 30th July. Please contact Nick Bicknell on the contact number above to secure your appointment or to discuss in more detail. The health and safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment. This magnificent Concours-winning 246GT Spider was first registered on the 18th of May 1973 and remains a two-owners from new example with the current owner having enjoyed it for the last 42 years. A passionate Formula One fan and sports car enthusiast, it was his dream to own a Ferrari and that dream came true in January 1978 when he was able to buy a shiny Dino (at that point in Dino Blue) that was less than five years old from a fellow businessman in Yorkshire. The Ferrari was his pride and joy and was used lightly over the years. He dedicated much time and care to maintaining it to an exceptional standard, however, it is a Ferrari and after 20 years, and having decided to keep the car forever, the time had come for more serious attention. A professional two-year restoration was commenced in 1998 using the services of a number of the areas most knowledgeable experts and marque specialists. The bodywork was completely stripped back to bare metal, corroded panels replaced and joints/seams professionally lead-loaded throughout. The chassis was bead blasted and refinished in satin black along with the suspension components. The car was painted in Argento Metallizzato with such care that the quality of finish subsequently impressed even the most hard-nosed of Concours Judges. It was then carefully reassembled (it was a 2-year restoration) and benefitted from a new windscreen, driver’s and passenger door glass, new suspension bushes, window, door and roof seals. Whilst the engine was out, it was rebuilt with new pistons, valves and seats, cylinder heads skimmed, new clutch assembly and all associated gaskets and fixings. It was then popped back into the refurbished engine bay and the process of recommissioning and getting the Ferrari running, stopping and handling correctly began. All of this work with the associated invoices can be inspected in the A4 ring-binder history file that’s with the car. Now that the Dino was restored to an immaculate condition, our vendor and his wife decided to try their hand at Ferrari Owners Club Concours and they were rewarded with a First in Class in July 2003. It wasn’t entered to Concours in 2004 but was entered again in 2005 and awarded a worthy Third. With the car are the score sheets and supporting correspondence from the Ferrari Owners Club verifying such prestigious achievements. Our vendor continued to enjoy his car and trusted the expertise of the staff at Strasse (Porsche) for ongoing maintenance and care which they carried out to the highest of standards. However, over more recent years, the Ferrari has been in dry storage and hardly used and, in order to prepare it for sale, it has been subject to a thorough recommission, including a full service, cambelt replacement and a fresh MOT. The current indicated mileage is 19,696 from new supported by the detailed history file. This remarkable little car has been part of a caring family for 42 years and it shows. It’s simply delightful, in sparkling condition, and now ready for a new custodian and further adventures, be those Ferrari Club Concours or simply stowing the lid and setting off for the Cotswolds on a sunny afternoon. Either way, you will have to be careful, as this may well turn out to be the one car that you want to keep forever.
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