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 exceptional Dino was delivered new to the UK through S.G.M Motors in Newcastle in March 1974. Chassis 07204 was purchased by the current vendors Father in 1979. He then began the project of a restoration on the car including a re-paint in Rosso Corsa, and re-trimming the interior in beige. The original engine was also rebuilt. This work was carried out by the world renown Ferrari specialists HR Owen, Marenello themselves and specialists Val Cottage Motors.
The history file supplied with the car dates back to when the car was just four years old in 1979. It depicts the cars most prestigious history, with photographs of the car when it was used to promote London classic car show and a host of signed photographs of the vendors late father at a variety of concours and charity events with celebrities including Damon Hill. The car became a highly competitive entrant to the Ferrari Owners Club concours and won on several occasions.
Mechanically in very good order the car has been maintained regardless of cost – with most recent services by HR Owen who have maintained the car in recent years.
A total of just 498 right hand drive Dino GTs were delivered to the UK via Maranello Concessionaires Limited; rarely are they offered on the open market. Less than half the price of a Daytona, and trailing some way behind a 206 GT, this late 1960s Pininfarina designed Ferrari offers terrific value in today’s market.