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 Dino 246 GT is perhaps the most important Dino in France being the 1st delivered and 1st registered in the country (As confirmed by the Dino register). Only the 11th Dino ever made chassis 428 was, according to Charles Pozzi S.A documents in September 1969 in the L Type Series (chassis 406 to 1116).
Presented in the stunning Lotus JPS Black with gold wheels colour scheme, this matching numbers Dino has only had 4 owner’s since new and only 2 in the last 41 years. Delivered new in light metallic grey, it was the third owner of the car, a Mr Peter Sanguszko, that changed the colour scheme to the now Black and Gold combination. It was at this point the interior was also changed to the 1970s style velvet fabric.
In June 1992 a well known French collector acquired the Dino after it had been serviced and extensively checked and proofed by Charles Pozzi. S.A. with whom he enjoyed a close relationship. From 1992 to the present day the car has covered an average of 120 kms per year, driving regularly and consistently in the vicinity of its temperature controlled storage garage in Northern France.
Described as working ‘mechanically very well and lying in an unrestored and fundamentally honest state’, this hugely significant example of a Ferrari classic is the perfect base for a high quality restoration.
Cette Dino 246 GT est peut être la plus importante Dino de France car elle a été la première à être livrée et immatriculée dans ce pays ( comme le confirme le registre des Dino) C’est seulement la 11ième Dino ,faite avec le chassis 428, d’après les documents de Septembre 1969, dans la série des L Type ( chassis 406 à 1116)
Décrite comme mécaniquement bien et partant du fait qu’elle n’a jamais été restaurée, elle est dans un état honnête , l’exemple même d’une Ferrari classique qui est la base parfaite pour une restauration de grande qualité.