1972 Ferrari 246 'Dino'
The Ferrari Dino was designed by Pininfarina and launched in 1968 as the Dino 206 GT – an ‘affordable’ car designed to take on the Porsche 911. In order not to diminish the exclusivity of its premium priced 12-cylinder engined cars, the ‘Dino’ marque was created for models with engines having fewer than 12 cylinders – so named to honour Enzo Ferrari’s son and heir, Alfredo ‘Dino’ Ferrari who died aged 24 - he was credited with designing the V6 engine, but did not in fact do so.
The Dino 246 was the larger engined successor to the Dino 206 producing 195bhp at 7,600rpm. It featured a slightly longer steel body to save cost, but was heavier. A total of 3,569 were produced from 1969 to 1974 in GT and GTS variants of which about 2,500 survive today.
The Dino 246 had a 0-60mph acceleration time of 5.5seconds, a top speed of 146mph and a recommended UK retail price of £5,485. It was lauded for its intrinsic driving qualities and groundbreaking design. In 2004, Sports Car International placed the Dino at number six on its list of Top Sports Cars of the 1970’s and Motor Trend Classics placed it at number seven in their list of the 10 ‘Greatest Ferraris of All Time’.
In 1973, the Dino 246 was replaced by the V8 engined Dino 308 GT4 - initially branded ‘Dino’ but the name was finally retired in 1976 in favour of full Ferrari branding.
This car is a three-owner, 1972 matching numbers Series III Dino 246 GT – one of only 488 RH drive cars imported into the UK, with a Ferrari Classiche certificate (inspected 2017)
It is an exceptionally rare example, being probably the most original Dino 246 in existence, absolutely correct in all respects, never damaged, meticulously cared for - as confirmed by the extensive history file and with all the original interior fittings in ‘as new’ condition.
Additionally, this car has superb ownership provenance and history – its second owner was the legendary motorcycle racer and constructor Geoff Monty. In the mid-50’s Geoff Monty campaigned his ‘Geoff Monty Special’ racing machines. These were based on a 350cc BSA Gold Star engine with modified internals to reduce capacity to 250cc and his own-design semi-spine frame and rectangular swinging arm. In 1964, he teamed up with Allen Dudley-Ward, a Triumph tuner to produce a new 650cc motorcycle called a ‘Monward’ which was ridden by Bill Ivy, one of the biggest names in motorcycle racing with 21 international wins. This bike could easily reach 145mph and rev to 9,000rpm and enjoyed huge success in international races all over Europe, regularly finishing ahead of the ‘works’ teams, winning the North West 200 on three occasions and finishing 4th in the 1959 Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.
Having progressed from rider to constructor, Geoff became a sponsor working with Esso, Mobil and Shell promoting many great riders to success with his motorcycles – including Phil Edge, Alan Shepherd and Ron Langston – a trio that collectively were to become one of the strongest National/International racing teams of the early 60’s
Geoff Monty bought the car in 1973 and it was kept in his/family ownership for the next 38 years – Geoff died in 2009 and the family sold the car in 2011 with only 29,000 miles showing. Ownership passed briefly to another well-known Ferrari collector and then most recently in 2014 to the current owner who commissioned Nick Cartwright to return the car to Concours condition in a six-month project that was completed early 2015. The Dino is in outstanding condition showing 31,640 miles and comes with a full set of Cromodoro and Campagnolo wheels and the factory lead seal still affixed to the steering column.
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