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 rare late matching numbers right-hand-drive Dino was ordered on the 15th August 1973 by then agents Sytner as part of their October allocation of cars. Order #654 was confirmed by the factory on 13th September 1973, noting the black paint and red cloth inserts as extras, and delivered to Maranello Concessionaires by truck late in 1973. The Dino arrived at S.G.M. (Garage) Ltd. of Newcastle in January of 1974, finished in its specified non-standard Nero black paintwork with a Nero interior featuring cloth inserts and red carpeting. Notably this is one of only 63 known cars finished in Nero from new.
The Dino is complete with a detailed ownership history which outlines the keepers from new until the present day. Additionally we note it is supplied with the original jack, jack bag, and tool roll complete with a partial tool set. Marque expert Tony Willis, after checking with the Ferrari factory has confirmed that the chassis, engine gearbox and assembly/body numbers do all match.
This beautiful Dino is offered with a copy of the original green registration document in addition to a file of past invoices and MOT certificates. Showing 42,000 miles recorded, this is a fine example of the classic Dino model, offered in a highly desirable specification.