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 five-speed gearbox and just ahead of the rear axle line, allowing both a comfortable cockpit and usable boot space.
Delivered to the UK importer Maranello Concessionaires in April of 1973, the E-series Dino presented here was specified in Rosso Chiaro with a Nero interior, and the factory option of electric windows. The first owner was Lord Maxwell Aitken, son of Lord Beaverbrook and later to become a high profile businessman and politician. Lord Aitken took delivery of his brand new Ferrari on July 20th 1973 and enjoyed it through the remaining summer and autumn of that year, before trading the car back with Maranello who retailed the Dino to a Mr. Ferris of Putney in January of 1974.
Showing now a mere 33,000 miles recorded (with a mere 300 having been covered in the last 9 years), this beautiful original Dino is offered with a detailed file documenting its history, and has recently benefitted from a thorough inspection, the replacement of the original rubber suspension bushes with a polyurethane bush kit to improve ride quality and tautness, replacement door seals and hoses as a precautionary measure, and a full service.
As testament to the care lavished upon the Dino over the years, chassis 06208 is offered with a thick file of documents and invoices which chart and support its history. Supplied with a copy of the original order sheet and bill of sale to Lord Max Aitkin, also jack, tools and handbooks, and offered with a new UK MoT certificate, this must be one of the nicest Dinos we have seen for some time.