This classic and nowadays much sought-after Ferrari was named after Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredino, who died in 1956, aged 24. Enzo Ferrari credits his son with the inspiration for a series of successful small and medium capacity V6 racing engines built by Ferrari from 1956, and in turn the name was given to a new line of mid-engined production Ferrari V6 coupés which first went on sale in 1969 in two-litre form.
The definitive 246 Dino, with its 2.4 litre V6, appeared in late 1969 and fewer than 4,000 were built (about 1,200 of them the detachable roof Spyder version) before introduction of the slightly larger, and completely re-styled V8 engined 308 Dino in 1973.
The delightful bodywork was designed by Pininfarina, and was built in steel by Scaglietti. It covered a straightforward chassis of tubular steel which carried wishbone independent suspension at each corner. The compact engine, with four chain-driven overhead camshafts, was mounted transversely above the five-speed gearbox and just ahead of the rear axle line, allowing both a comfortable cockpit and usable boot space.
With its flexible engine, uncomplicated chassis and outstanding handling, and superb looks the 246 Dino is a true classic the like of which has made the name Ferrari possibly the most revered of all motor manufacturers. It is certainly one of the most collectible of all Seventies sports cars.
This lovely Ferrari Dino, presented in Rosso Corsa, was originally delivered in white with black interior in Newcastle. It was purchased by the current vendor’s father in 1979, when he then began the project of a complete restoration on the car including a re-spray in Rosso Corsa, full interior change to beige leather interior and an engine re-build . This work was carried out by the world renown Ferrari specialists HR Owen and Marenello also Val Cottage Motors.
This wonderful example was entered into various Concours competitions by the current owner’s father and was a Concours winner on several occasions . The car shows a nice patina and is still as desirable today as it was back in the 1970s.